Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Motors or Engines


“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill” – Wilbur Wright

Any other week, for any other challenge the picture followed by an at least loosely related quote would be all that I would submit for the theme.

This week, however, I am inspired to give you some background.

I use Cee’s challenges as a way to motivate and get out and take pictures.  I’ve only had my camera a few months, so I do not have the archives of images to select for each weekly theme.  I love that she publishes the lists ahead of time so I can be mindful and think about how I interpret the challenge and then get out and start shooting.  A lot of the time I end up taking pictures of things I would normally not give a second thought to.

When I saw engines and motors on the list, I tried to think creatively and I tried to be excited about the subject.  But the more I imagined myself slipping under the hood of a car or a tractor or exploring the stern of a boat for an outboard, the more I found myself considering skipping this week’s theme altogether.

Then it hit me.  A little known gem right here in my own town, a short walk from where I work.  Jean Tinguely’s La Cascade!  What could possible meet this week’s theme better than a kinetic piece of art that uses no less than FIFTEEN motors!

So there it is folks!  A somewhat odd and little known masterpiece on display in the lobby of an Uptown high rise.

This Article gives a bit more history on the piece and it’s connection to our city.

The video shows the work in motion.  It truly is something to be seen live in order to be fully be appreciated.

My submission for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Motors or Engines


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