A Standpipe Collection

An elaborate brass standpipe

I have been planning for some time now to do a blog posting incorporating photos of standpipes that I have captured in different cities and locations.  Today another blogger that I follow, Nick Mayo, posted a standpipe photo http://nickexposed.com/2012/05/03/which-to-turn/ on his blog “Nick Exposed”.  That prompted me to go ahead and post my photos today also.

I believe many photographers see things that others do not.  In particular, commonplace things that most take for granted.  Back in 2003, in NYC, I started noticing standpipes and decided to photograph them wherever I saw them with the intent to incorporate them in a poster of some sort.  These photos come from my observations over these past 9 years.

Standpipe with yellow caps

I am posting them in order from very elaborate to very ordinary.

A painted standpipe and it’s little brother

Painted with yellow caps

Fairly simple twin sets

So, there we have it, a collection of standpipes from elaborate to quite simple, all serving the same purpose, to fight fires.  A very important function that we take for granted.

I’ll continue to look for and photograph standpipes.  They can be quite interesting looking yet most of us don’t even notice them.

What interesting things are you overlooking everyday?


About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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4 Responses to A Standpipe Collection

  1. Nick Mayo says:

    Wonderful Collection Kolman 🙂 Thanks for sharing


  2. jerrysherman says:

    Making the ordinary extraordinary! Thanks for sharing these.


  3. Thanks Jerry, I’ve been noticing these standpipes and capturing them for years now. I think I started on a trip to NYC in 2003.


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