Roads: the stuff of dreams

Oh public road … You express me better than I express myself.

– Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

9 Responses to “Roads: the stuff of dreams”

  1. These are great images and roads. thanks.

  2. Amazing pics!!

  3. Amazing pictures…. these all show the true art form of creating a path around land. Do you have any high-res of these pictures?

  4. Fantastic!
    I´ll come along!

  5. […] Vía: Motoring con brio […]

  6. beautiful pics, wish I knew where they were all taken. Of course all the ones I liked didn’t have a name to them lol

  7. Amazing!!!! Can’t decide which is my favorite!!!

  8. It seems as though many of the photos in this “Greatest Roads” Section (and these photographs are, without exception, stunningly beautiful) appear to be caption-less; by that i mean there is no ghost-captioning that pops up when one’s cursor passes over a given image. That’s a shame. A shame for both the new and poorly traveled viewer like myself who can’t instantly recognize every representative strip of pavement here, and also (well I might imagine) for the photographer/creator of the image. I can easily imagine these artists standing in alternating searing heat or frigid freezing temperatures at all hours in order to capture what we see here.

    Not being a photographer, I can still EASILY imagine how it must grind a photographer’s gears (pun intended) to see one of their images; one that they creatively and painstakingly marshaled all the necessary ingredients and details to converge vortex-like down into a common split second immaculate moment of image “conception”, birthing what we ignorant-types might call a “good shot”. These elements: composition, lighting, timing, sacrifice and good fortune are really hard to corral (after all, if they were easy to gather, my shots wouldn’t be so uniformly shitty). So it must be galling to see one’s work co-opted to suit someone else’s pedestrian needs. A new insult these days is co-oping almost always without credit.

    But the worst insult really must be to see one’s artistic output just simply taken for granted. Now I know that those of us who frequent this site don’t take their efforts for granted, because to me it’s clear the contributors here almost always work hard to give credit where it is due and besides beautiful photography is at the very center of this site. But that’s also — to me — makes photographs posted her without captions or attributions, so glaringly in error.

    • That is certainly a valid criticism. The alternative would be to remove the images – no, I don’t have the attributes; otherwise, I would attribute them – and then no one would get to see or enjoy them. Would that be preferable? I certainly could.

      As you observe, this website makes an attempt to adhere to blogging “best practices” wherever possible, but when so many of these images themselves come from unattributed online sources (an obvious example can be found here, but there are many other such examples), that isn’t always possible— or conducive to blogging. If one were to only publish images that come from credited sources, then this blog and countless others like it couldn’t exist.

      This – blogging – is an inherently messy and imperfect business – though perhaps “business” is not the right word to use since there is no commercial gain in what is strictly a labor of love, at least when it comes to this site – and I think you either have a set of principles and try your best to adhere to those principles (falling short many times), or you not do it at all.

      As an aside, if a photographer were to discover his/her uncredited work here and request its removal, I would be more than happy to oblige— but not once has this happened during the entirety of this blog’s existence. What usually happens (that is, when it happens) is that the photographer discovers the work, far from being insulted is instead flattered to find it featured here, and steps forward to claim ownership. I then gladly revise the original post to give credit where credit is due. This particular section operates no differently; in fact, if you mouse over some of the images (admittedly, not the majority), you will see that some of them have in fact been credited where the sources are known, contrary to your findings.

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