Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Red telephone box

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Red telephone box[edit]

Voting period is over. Please don't add any new votes. Voting period ends on 3 Sep 2013 at 13:20:28 (UTC)

Original – A red telephone box in front of St Paul's Cathedral, London.
High EV, good quality, high resolution
Articles in which this image appears
Red telephone box, Cultural icon, List of cultural icons of England
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Engineering and technology/Others
Peter Weis
  • Support as nominator --Tomer T (talk) 13:20, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support Great find! :) Nikhil(talk) 14:52, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support - I know it's utilitarian, but that's pretty much all I'd want from a photograph of a red telephone box. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:22, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It's a lovely photograph, but are there really no extant telephone boxes that don't have obvious graffiti etched into their windows? (Perhaps one could argue that graffiti is a real and representative part of the urban environment, but could we at least choose an image where the graffiti doesn't obstruct our view of the telephone itself?) As a minor niggle, the reflection of the shrub in the lower left makes it appear that there is a hedge inside the booth (or perhaps, misleadingly, that the rear wall of the booth is windowed). One wonders if there isn't a better subject available at, for instance, File:Red Public Phone Boxes - Covent Garden, London, England - July 10, 2012 .JPG or File:K6 Goathland.JPG. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 02:52, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support - I like the color contrast between the red booth and the green background. -- Billertl (talk) 00:47, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Weak support - apologies if you're British, TenOfAllTrades, but the answer to is "are there really no extant telephone boxes that don't have obvious graffiti etched into their windows? " is almost certainly "no". There aren't many traditional red boxes left and they attract vandalism more than moths. There are niggles but none to my mind incompatible with FP. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:23, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
    On the graffiti point, the question was somewhat rhetorical—both of the images I linked to in my comment appear to contain one or more graffiti-free boxes: the three background boxes in the Covent Garden image, and the sole box in the Goathland image. These are not difficult locations to access, and I found these boxes just by looking at a couple of the other images from our red telephone box article. Poking around the web a bit, one finds images like this one. (Again, it has the 'distracting reflection' niggle, but it's clean). Or this one. Or pehaps this one. Photos of telephone boxes aren't like photos of wildlife; we aren't confined to rare instances and fleeting sightings. We can and should expect the highest quality, and we can afford to be picky. TenOfAllTrades(talk) 14:01, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
    • Actually, I've seen many, many ones without graffiti. If I had a good enough camera, I'd take a photo. Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:43, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support -- Very nice and adds beautifully to the articles. Alvesgaspar (talk) 17:28, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support It's a very nice image. I particularly like the background. The vandalism is unfortunate, but not a deal breaker in my opinion. If a better image is found at some point, it can replace this one. Rreagan007 (talk) 03:25, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Easy to shoot a better example of this. It's not difficult to do so and although they do attract vandalism, it certainly isn't impossible to find one that is clean. JFitch (talk) 00:38, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Promoted File:Red telephone box, St Paul's Cathedral, London, England, GB, IMG 5182 edit.jpg --Armbrust The Homunculus 13:23, 3 September 2013 (UTC)