Photo Essay: Pictures of Bridges Around the World

How do you live a remarkable life? How do you live a happy and healthy life? How do you develop mental and physical toughness?

These are the questions that our community is focused on answering — and we answer them by examining the whole picture.

Living a healthy life isn’t just about what you eat or how often you exercise, it’s also about getting into the thick of things, soaking up new opportunities, and challenging yourself to explore the world around you.

That’s one of the main reasons I focus on travel photography, creativity, and exploration as much as I focus on diet and exercise. All of these areas play a role in your health and happiness.

With that in mind, I’d like to share these pictures of bridges from my travels around the world. As always, all photos are my own.

Pictures of Bridges

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Linn Cove Viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
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Looking Golden, San Francisco, California.
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West Point Mill, Durham, North Carolina.
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Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland.
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Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary.
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California.
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11 Years Later. September 11th, 2012. New York, New York.
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Nightfall over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

An Idea for Living a Remarkable Life

Just like you, I’m gradually discovering what it means to live a good life. I’m not there yet, but I’m always learning. Day by day, getting a little bit better. I don’t have all the answers, but I do think that a good strategy is to blend proven science with real–world experiences.

Science is a great place to start. I believe that academic research and scientific discoveries can make it easier for you to do things like lose weight, say no to unproductive behaviors, and stick to healthy habits.

But I also believe that research and science are only part of the equation. The other part — and probably the more important part — is being bold enough to face uncertainty and consistent enough to take action over and over again.

Living bold, taking action, and creating value are the types of lessons that travel, photography, creativity, art, and exploration can teach you.

It’s important to be a practitioner — someone who gets their hands dirty, someone who puts the mental debate aside every now and then and steps out into the physical world. If you want to live a remarkable life, then you have to live in the arena instead of judging from the crowd.

28 Comments

  1. Your images are stunning. Don’t know if it’s great photography or great editing, but they are incredible.

    I like the stark film noir look of the Chain Bridge. I immediately think of the movie Casablanca and others of its genre.

    My favorite, though, is sunrise over the Golden Gate.

    Thanks for sharing your masterful work.

    • It’s a combination. Sometimes I do bodyweight exercises or sprints if I don’t have many options. Otherwise, I’ll track down a gym. As always, the most important thing is to never miss workouts. :)

  2. My guess is that it’s great photography AND great editing! Great job on all the photos. I love your use of lighting. You obviously spent lots of time at each point, to determine the best perspective and the best time of day. My quandry is how to get some great shots of the Mississippi when we’ll be paddling down the entire thing. I’ll probably get EITHER a good composition OR good time of day at most spots. Maybe be lucky and get both once or twice. If you have any suggestions, feel free to pass them on! Barb

  3. Loved this post, James. So nice for you to share some of your work.

    I think some people often miss the other part to total health – they get the training, they get the diet, but without all the other things that make life work living, they miss out.

    I’m also jealous of your travels….keep going, and keep sharing!

  4. Very nice photos, excellent variety and composition. I heard your interview with Abel James, you made some valuable comments on your personal experiences. I particularly enjoyed your comments on simplifying a plan to measure real progress, as in your push up goal. This post was good for me because I need to stop studying and take more creative actions.

  5. James, beautiful pictures and a great way for me to experience a little bit of nature while working. Oh, I mean reading your blog to improve myself! ;)

    I like how you point out that, while diet and exercise are important, they are not the end-all-be-all. It’s going beyond and taking bold action in the face of uncertainty that will really make you feel alive. Getting rid of my soft places is only the beginning!

  6. I live in London, I’m surrounded by amazing landscapes and I also live near Kent, United Kingdom. I’m going to get into photography, but like James says, one step at a time, maybe a few albums on my iphone, then become used to editing and eventually I’ll buy my own camera.

    Thanks James.

    P.S. If you travel so often, then where do you work out? Do you just pop into gym’s wherever you are?

  7. James! These are wonderful images of bridges… thank you for this.

    I love your comments about life and your own words, “The other part — and probably the more important part — is being bold enough to face uncertainty and consistent enough to take action over and over again.”

    I believe this too and you are showing this in your work, photography and writing. It makes me really happy that you are sharing it, too!

  8. Thanks for the excellent photos! Some of them bring back such wonderful memories.

    Now in my 66th year, I find it increasingly important to be a participant in the physical realm as you so aptly describe. Spending too much time on the intellectual, social and spiritual can leave one feeling incomplete and spent.

    The challenge for me is maintaining the energy and time management skills for snow skiing, sailing, golf, weight traing, yoga,wife, children, grandchildren, other relatives,friends, church, intellectual pursuits, clubs,business,politics, taking care of home, cars, boat, hunting, fishing, etc., etc.

    One thing I’ve been doing that seems to have some benefits is physically separating the paraphanalia for various activities in different places. All of my sports books, engine manuals, and other sports related stuff, I keep in a place in my office with its own desk. I keep spiritual and intellectual writings in a study off the MBR, etc. I try to model these areas after our garage, exercise room, and kitchen. They each enhance productivity and the quality of effort by having what is needed to pursue each task with all the tools necessary…

    Goodness, didn’t mean to go on so.

    Thanks and keep up your excellent work!

    Steve Sponar

  9. James,

    Great shots and fantastic advice. It’s so important to be involved in something that is much larger than yourself. I think photography teaches us to see the world in a way that allows us to actually appreciate it, whether we have a camera in our hands or not. Looking Golden is my favorite!

    • Thanks Anna! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll do my best to keep the good stuff coming your way.

      Keep up the good work on your end!

  10. Hi James. This is the first time I’ve ever come across your blog and I absolutely love these pictures of bridges. I write about travel and holidays and am always trying to improve my photography too for my blog but seeing these almost makes me feel like I should stop bothering. I’m new to this blog so I don’t know if you’ve answered this question before but where/ how did you learn to take such great pictures? I have a feeling you’re going to say you taught yourself which will make me feel like an idiot. Why can’t I teach myself as well? Anyway, once again, your photos are beautiful. Have a great day!

    • Thanks Lape!

      I actually am mostly self–taught… but I learned a lot from studying great photographers like Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Richard Avedon. Check them out if you have time. Looking at their pictures can give you a good idea of how to compose your future shots.

      Most importantly though, keep shooting. I took 40,000 pictures during my first year. And most of them were terrible. I only got better through practice. (And I still have a long way to go!)

      Thanks for reading. It’s great to have you in our little community. :)

  11. Thanks Barb! And you’re right … it can be tough if you’re always on the go. Patience is one of the best “skills” in photography.

    Given your situation, my main suggestion is just to take a lot of pictures. Can’t wait to hear about the trip!

  12. Thanks Keith. I think you’re right about people often getting one piece but missing others. I think that’s something we all struggle with.

    I’ll be off on my next trip soon. More photos to come!

  13. Jim — that’s great! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview with Abel. I had fun doing it. Good luck with your journey and feel free to share your thoughts anytime. I’m happy to help out however I can.

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