Some of the best images shot by photographers are those of commonplace objects. These are the objects that routinely occur in life which hold the strongest visual symbolic meanings; and fences are exactly this kind of object. A camera pressed against a fence does the same thing to us that happens when we ourselves are pressed against a real fence. It inspires a longing to go to a place from which we are barred, a sense of being trapped at the edge of where we are, stopped in our tracks, as far as we have been permitted to go, with a simultaneous desire to overcome the barrier and explore whatever it is we were meant not to explore. 

It is not everyone who climbs the fence, but if the thought had not crossed our minds, then why would we be pressed against it, peering through to the other side to see a place we were never meant to go?

If you have your own photos of fences and want to share, tag your images with #fence.

chain link fence

wooden fence

split rail fence

wooden fence

split rail fence

wooden fence

chain link fence