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Road of Discovery II by Damienne Bingham

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Puente de la Barqueta
Seville, Spain. 2007.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
f/8, 1/2000s, ISO 800
RAW.

The Puente de la Barqueta (or Barqueta Bridge) was built in 1988-89 as part of the Expo ’92 celebrations. It spans 165m across the Guadalquivir River and was designed by Juan José Arenas de Pablo and Marcos J. Pantaleón Prieto.

The Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo ’92) took place from April 20 to October 12, 1992 on La Isla de La Cartuja (Cartuja Island), Seville, Spain. The theme for the Expo was “The Age of Discovery” and over 100 countries were represented. The total amount of land used for the Expo was 215 hectares and the total number of visitors was 41,814,571.

Pavilions at the Expo consisted of the Royal Pavilion and the five thematic Pavilions – Navigation, Discovery, Nature, Environment, and the Fifteenth Century; the flagship Spanish and Andalusian Pavilions at the Lake of Spain; the Spanish Autonomous Regions Pavilions all along the Lake of Spain; over 100 international Pavilions; and numerous Corporate Pavilions.

In particular the Discoveries Pavilion featured an Omnimax Theatre, where a Spanish government commissioned theme film, Eureka!, made by Greg MacGillivray and Jon Boorstin, based on The Discoverers, by Daniel J. Boorstin was presented. The first IMAX film to use a light-weight hand held camera (with a steadicam), it won the principal creative award at the fair.

To offset costs by developing nations, and to allow a ‘first-ever’ representation by every South American nation, a special monumental structure, the ‘Plaza de Americas’ was constructed, a large enclosed Plaza-type building in a rustic red colour which also hosted a special Exhibition on the Gold of South America. A ‘Plaza de Africa’ was also created to allow maximum participation from developing African states.

At the conclusion of the Expo, many of the Pavilions were dismantled, and today the site is divided between a research and development park called Cartuja 93 and a theme park called Isla Magica, the ‘Magic Island’, which also hosts the popular Pavilion of Spain.

One can walk throughout Cartuja 93 for free, however, admission to the Isla Magica requires an entrance fee. (care of Wikipedia)


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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

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  • john forrant
    john forrantover 3 years ago

    From this POV it amost looks like a harp

  • Yes, I saw it like that too! I love how the mind interprets the abstract!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderover 3 years ago

    CONGRATS!!

    4-6-11
    Its’ What Moves Me Group!

  • Very cool, thanks so much Jessica!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Richard Earl
    Richard Earlover 3 years ago

    Hi Damienne
    Allow me to return the congratulations to you. A well deserved feature for this great image
    Richard

  • Thank you very much Richard! I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • VallaV
    VallaVover 3 years ago

    It’s cool!

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 3 years ago

    This whole series of images is awesome! I spent a quick Day in Sevilla and took note of the bridge, I was pressed for time now I don’t have to go back to photograph it at least because I can’t touch these only copy them! tony

  • Thanks Tony, that’s very kind! I’m actually pleasantly surprised how well these turned out because I was on the top deck off that ‘Hop On/Hop Off’ bus at the time, I was just shooting away as quickly as I could before the bus passed! (And avoiding the tree branches in the face!)

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 3 years ago

    outstanding! what a great series!!!!!

  • Thanks so much Isa, glad you’re enjoying them!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Excellent!! . . .
    Love the whole series . . .

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 3 years ago

    That is where I saw it from too, the hop off hop on bus, pretty funny.I was with some people that weren’t real enamored with me always wanting to take photos. You have to travel alone or with someone patient if you want to get photos! :) tony

  • So sorry I missed this message Tony! Funny how small the world is, what a strange coincidence!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishover 3 years ago

    Great series Damienne, superb b&w subject, well done!!

  • Thank you Ian, I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 3 years ago

  • Wow very cool, thanks Marie!

    – Damienne Bingham

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