Grain Elevator

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© James Wiley
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

From my 'Chiaroscuro' collection.
In my 'Architecture and Scenic' collection.

Nominated, International Black and White Spider Awards, 2004

In the Architecture, Chiaroscuro Style photo essay.

Also in the story Chiaroscuro.

70 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    This is so cool. It appears to be floating.

  • Becky J. Parkinson

    Becky J. Parkinson gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    So dramatic!! Simple and moving at the same time.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Dec 2011):

    amazing lighting. i agree with Regenia, looks like it is suspended in mid air. very nice!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2011):

    Beautifully done, James.....and thanks for your comments. Ditto.

  • Mark Hickman

    Mark Hickman said (8 Dec 2011):

    nicely done

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    wow! so much not seen here, which is of course what we love about it. wondering what else is there.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (9 Dec 2011):

    such a great comp... this is fantastic....... love this shot.

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (10 Dec 2011):

    provocative. intelligent. chilling.

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    an icon of my childhood - dramatically presented

  • jeff case

    jeff case (Deleted) said (11 Dec 2011):

    unable , and unwilling, to challenge the comments before me, i just like it. the deepness of darkness nestled with light is like showing how hope and despair are acquainted. well done in both the depth of the shot and processing.

  • Charlena Cavender

    Charlena Cavender said (11 Dec 2011):

    Very cool shot!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (14 Dec 2011):

    A brilliant and foreboding capture of what is quickly vanishing from our landscape..

  • Stefano Zeminian

    Stefano Zeminian gave props (17 Dec 2011):


  • Giovanni Ferraro

    Giovanni Ferraro (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2011):

    Such a beautiful b+w tones!!!

  • Christina Storozkova

    Christina Storozkova (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    Haunting and mysterious.

  • Johannes F Johannesson

    Johannes F Johannesson said (19 Dec 2011):

    Great image well senn

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (19 Dec 2011):

    Molto suggestiva: like it! ( thank so much for your cheering comment on my pic!)

  • Marc Melander

    Marc Melander gave props (22 Dec 2011):

    Oh my. Magnificent. A beacon of light and hope. Latent sustenance for a silent world. Shimmer whilst the light burns. Wonderful photography James.

  • George Papachristou

    George Papachristou said (26 Dec 2011):

    Great vision!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2011):

    Very cool work

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (5 Jan 2012):


  • Fred S.

    Fred S. gave props (5 Jan 2012):


  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (7 Jan 2012):

    Perfect study of light and the absence of the geometry and being a prairie girl, always enjoy a well-taken grain elevator image.......I don't know what it is about them that just seems to speak to so many of us.

  • Costantino Tuccori

    Costantino Tuccori gave props (10 Jan 2012):

    As in a dream. Very nice!

  • Justin Matthew

    Justin Matthew gave props (21 Jan 2012):


  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    deserves to be in an exhibit

  • Daniel R Graney

    Daniel R Graney said (31 Jan 2012):

    This reminds me of the movie Paper House. Leaves you with that uneasy feeling...but in a good way. :)

  • piltz lothar b.

    piltz lothar b. (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2012):


  • Bernard Reznicek

    Bernard Reznicek gave props (1 Feb 2012):

    Great use of black to make this special. Thank you for sharing.

  • Alfonso Paz

    Alfonso Paz gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    Just love the absence. Thanks for sharing.

  • Danuta Hyniewska

    Danuta Hyniewska said (11 Feb 2012):

    such an original photograher eye view, I love it

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (12 Mar 2012):


  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    Striking, simple, graphic, and very nice!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    I voted.


    JOE FAILK gave props (29 Mar 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    I keep trying to see what's beyond the elevator that has faded into the blackness. A terrific capture. Voted.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Beautiful shot!! VOTED!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (29 Mar 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Lovely photo. RAD

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    this is fantastic my vote

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Truly fabulous, James. Love how it appears to float in space. Wish I could vote more than once.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (3 Apr 2012):


  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    Wonderful how you have captured the light. That's what its all about - capturing the light.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2012):

    well done! my vote.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (6 Apr 2012):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (6 Apr 2012):

    you have my vote

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    This is a WHOA! *LIKE*

  • Walburgis Meijers

    Walburgis Meijers gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    my vote

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    This would have been a wonderful place for a Hitchcock movie. Beautiful, but eerie. voted.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Apr 2012):

    wow! voted.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (14 Apr 2012):

    Yes, fab! voted

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (21 Apr 2012):

    Eerie! GMV

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (30 Apr 2012):


  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (17 May 2012):

    And then, Man created the grain elevator. :-) Amazing lighting.

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):

    This is a fabulous!...I love how this minimal shape with its metallic glow and the ghostlike traces of grey are presented in the black field of negative space.

  • Robert Newman

    Robert Newman (Deleted) said (11 Jun 2012):

    Excellent image... actually, your entire portfolio is amazing!

  • Andrew Bloomquest

    Andrew Bloomquest gave props (23 Jun 2012):

    You have a unique style for sure. Very cool!

  • Silvia Poldaru

    Silvia Poldaru said (28 Jun 2012):

    Bold is what pops to mind - the deep blacks are just enticing and the white stands out so beautifully. You have the courage to really make a B&W print!

  • Imran Adham

    Imran Adham gave props (4 Aug 2012):

    Excellent shot.

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (23 Aug 2012):

    Love the dark ambience

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (17 Sep 2012):

    Have to comment a second time. I love this image.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (20 Oct 2012):

    I agree with all the above...Splendid image!

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (18 Jan 2013):

    Outstanding, the light, composition, subject ..

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 Mar 2013):

    brilliant composition!!

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (25 Jul 2013):

    Well indeed. That's one cool picture, and not only because of the elevated grain (scnr).

  • Nancy Tompkins

    Nancy Tompkins gave props (29 Jul 2013):

    Fantastic shot!

  • Hal Studholme

    Hal Studholme   gave props (25 Aug 2013):


  • Joelle Crosby

    Joelle Crosby gave props (27 Aug 2013):


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