Sunday photoblogging: yellow

by Chris Bertram on May 20, 2018

Dean Lane, BS3



Alan White 05.20.18 at 2:37 pm

Great color contrast–but what is the red background–painted stucco or such?


William Berry 05.20.18 at 4:36 pm

@AW: It appears to be a rather peculiar-looking divan thingy; frame of metal pipe-work, and cushions covered in some kind of knobbly material.

I am guessing the little light house is some sort of spirit space heater?

Nice still life, with perfect lighting (evidently a bright source, a little to the left of the camera?).


Donald A. Coffin 05.20.18 at 10:45 pm

I like this a lot.


Dr. Hilarius 05.21.18 at 4:54 am

Heating or ventilation? Not something I recognize but I like the color and textures.


bad Jim 05.21.18 at 5:39 am

Foamed concrete, perhaps. Yellow munchkin might be a vent.

Nice composition of primary colors, juxtaposition of a highly detailed object against a mostly uniform background with contrasting shadow.


Zamfir 05.21.18 at 6:30 am



John Quiggin 05.21.18 at 8:55 pm

Zamfir: Beat me to it!


William Berry 05.22.18 at 4:19 am


I can be a little slow on the uptake on occasion, so help me out here: Is that a “WHOvian reference, by any chance. Like maybe the yellow light house is one of the Dalek things, or something?


Alan White 05.22.18 at 4:26 am

@ 6 & 7–but surely B&W would have been better for that! But who knows. . .


Zamfir 05.22.18 at 12:24 pm

They had a yellow dalek at some point. The resemblance is striking.


Paul 05.22.18 at 2:40 pm

My understanding is that these are vents for underground electricity sub-stations. I failed to prove this outright but did come across this achieve site for Bristol which has some interesting material.


Chris Bertram 05.22.18 at 3:53 pm

@Paul, I’d always assumed (without knowing) that they were vents for the storm water interception system. But you may well be right.


Zamfir 05.23.18 at 5:57 am

Strom drain makes sense. It would explain the shape and the two different hole locations. The bottom holes let in water, the top is an outlet to release air and prevent pressure build-up, with a pipe going down through the bottom inlet. The perforated plates look like a later addition.


Paul 05.23.18 at 2:46 pm


We may be doing the subject to death. However, I did subsequently find out some more on this. It seems they are used for multiple purposes including those suggested above.

I actually found another picture of the same ‘bollard’ with some confirm that the one at Dean Road may be for a substation.

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