March 6, 2007

they just don't make'em like they used to...

...and everything costs more than they used to too! Well, not everything.

Here's a bicycle from waaaay back when times were simpler. This picture aside, I'm one of the group that feels that things were better made then than it is now. Craftsmen, that's what they were called. Men and wmen who were meticulous in their work. Now, it's mass-produced. Nothing wrong with that of course but what do you think? Was the quality of a product better then or now?

Example for me: I have a canvas bag that's lasted over a decade (thank you Crumpler!) and a 2 year-old designer label bag that's ripped and frayed at the edges. Oh dear!


Blogger Olivier said...

j'aime bien cette photo, les vieux velos, la rouille. superbe photo (peut-ĂȘtre en b&w ?)

I like this photograph, the old bicycles, rust. superb photograph (perhaps in b&w?)

3:11 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

he he i'm not paparazzi, Edwin, just bog-standard journalist. Normally covering news & features for papers & mags but Liz happened to be in my area so i got various gigs from it!

This shot is amazing, you have such an eye for zooming in on unlikely detail. I love it. Do you sell yr photos as prints?

5:17 PM  
Blogger Jing said...

nice shot, nice theme!

here hee...
i am also waiting for saying happy birthday to KLDP.


8:01 PM  
Blogger Dsole said...

I'm with you Edwin

and what a nice close up photo, by the way!

8:28 PM  
Blogger teo mocchi said...

...and 100 posts!

...and wonderful detail! grat shot as usual

8:32 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Couldn't agree more Edwin!
I've got nothing against mass production but everything against cheap poorly made mass production that is specifically designed to break down after 3 months/a year/two years so you will come back to buy another one. That INFURIATES me!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Jilly said...

Wonderful photograph. I agree!

So glad I found you and your 'tres glam,' alter-ego, Sheila.

Thanks for visiting my Menton DP blog. If you'd not I might not have found you and now I'll be visiting every day.

love from France (and Monte Carlo DP)

Jilly x

9:22 PM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

I have to agree-craftsmanship, durability and design all seemed more important way back when. Today's mass-production caters more to shareholders than end-users....
nice photo by the way!

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Lessie said...

Wonderful image. And I agree with your comments!

11:00 PM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

These bikes are tough! I remember having one of them at home.

Reminds me of the mercedes bike though. LOL.

Yes, tickets are bought! See you Saturday!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Then or now?! Depends on the object. Digital cameras certainly have changed the face of photography. How would Lance Armstrong have fared in the Tour on one of these? Airplanes?? And my list of improvements could go on and on, BUT I also agree that pride in workmanship is slowly eroding on many articles.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous get zapped said...

This is a very interesting photo. Can you imagine what this bike has seen? Thanks, this is great.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous pastorrick said...

Great composition. I would of never guessed there would be so much detail in a bike. I am not sure if I would want to ride it or not but I sure do like the way it looks.

2:47 AM  
Blogger Ioanna said...

I agree with you!
I also love old bicycles!
Your photo is wonderful.
Generaly I like your blog very much!

4:38 AM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

Beautiful photo. And great sentiment. I agree with you completely.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

yes tis a shame. hope the earthquake didn't disturb your wig?

5:13 AM  
Blogger Lilly said...

This is a great shot. I do like antiques and older things, and so many things are mass produced with no real character, but,.. i won't say no to a new, pretty bag!

7:41 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

I don't think anyone will say No to a pretty new bag Lilly! heheheh :)

No Pod, didn't feel the quake this time. Too many hairpins, wouldn't have come off :)

Yeah, modern technological improvements cannot be faulted. Airplanes, Digital Cameras... But it's the everyday day items that come flying out of the factories. Those things should come with a warning.

Oh well...

Thanks for all your comments :)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

This is an amazing shot. I keep coming back to it.

6:38 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Thanks Meg! Thank you.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

This is a really fab shot!
To answer your question, strictly speaking of bicycles, they are MUCH better now. Considering how much $$$ one can sink into them, it's amazing how much "better" they can be :^)

2:28 AM  

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