I first saw the Talmadge Memorial Bridge in January 2017 as we overnighted in Savannah on our way from Myrtle Beach to Phoenix. It’s a cable-stayed bridge with two sets of cables: impressive. But I was too far down river to get a good shot.
So when I had a chance for a re-attack on our way back to Myrtle Beach from our Florida trip this January, I grabbed it. As we tried to find a place for me to stand that didn’t include power lines, razor wire, port facilities, or ugly, abandoned light industrial facilities in the view, we met a friendly and helpful Port Authority official and explored some of the less-touristy corners of Savannah.
The result? Some shots I like better than the one from three years ago, and the conviction that cities miss a tourist opportunity when they have a signature bridge and don’t develop their waterfront to facilitate photographs of it. Or when they call for designs but don’t include a pedestrian option, as the Brooklyn Bridge did so wondrously.