Ready for the Knobs

© Paul Conlan

Ready for the Knobs

Vicki Hunt 8/18/2005 4:28:10 AM

I love the red checkered floor, and this staircase with the officer/cadet? going down the stairs. You must be so proud of your son.. and what a photo opportunity this building is for you! #296312

Linda D. Lester 8/18/2005 4:40:05 AM

I second Vicki! Great shot! #1730544

Charlene Bayerle 8/18/2005 5:07:03 AM

I see "winner" here Paul!!!! #1730656

Colette M. Metcalf 8/18/2005 5:29:35 AM

Me too!! This is GREAT, Paul!!! #1730759

Paul Conlan 8/18/2005 6:38:35 AM

Vicki, Linda, Charlene and Colette... Thanks for you comments! FYI... I've heard that after registration day, the Knobs are not allowed to walk on the checkerboard square for the rest of their first year. They have to walk around the edges of the courtyard which is of course longer. Glad y'all like the photo! #1730965

Kathryn (Love) Scheet 8/18/2005 6:41:53 AM

excellent perspective!! #1730981

Chris Macer 8/18/2005 7:10:56 AM

Very cool POV, Paul. #1731091

Leanne M.E. Boyd 8/18/2005 8:40:52 AM

Wow,wow, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it, Paul! #1731372

Paul Conlan 8/19/2005 6:28:58 AM

Kathryn, Chris and Leanne... Thank you all for your comments! I'm pleased you like the photo! Best wishes... #1734891

Susie Peek-Swint 9/7/2005 1:44:09 AM

Excellent composition and sharp detail Paul ~ congrats on POTD! #1808871

Eileen Lee Lavergne 9/7/2005 2:21:15 AM

What an original perspective! #1808887

Ed Heaton 9/7/2005 2:48:19 AM

Good morning Paul,
Great job on this as well as the others in your gallery! Congrats on POTD! #1808949

Mata Patan 9/7/2005 2:51:08 AM

Great capture! Congratulations on this POTD! #1808954

Joy Rector 9/7/2005 3:03:49 AM

congrats on your POTD #1808979

Laura Clay-Ballard 9/7/2005 3:24:31 AM

loving that colorful floor and your pov from up above. congrats on potd #1809024

Tommy Lane 9/7/2005 3:39:55 AM

Excellent photo. Congratulations. #1809069

Scott Pedersen 9/7/2005 3:46:45 AM

Like that checkerboard floor. Like the view too, looking down like that. #1809092

Donna R. Moratelli 9/7/2005 3:50:55 AM

THIS IS AWSSOME! Congratulations; Paul; on POTD! #1809117

Vicki Hunt 9/7/2005 3:55:25 AM

Congrats on this wonderful image being POTD. This is so well deserved and I am really happy for you! #1809133

Judy S. Fung 9/7/2005 3:57:09 AM

Congrats on your POTD, Paul! #1809137

Deborah C. Lewinson 9/7/2005 4:23:29 AM

Congratulations on your POTD, Paul, for this excellent image!
-Debby #1809243

Muriel Magee 9/7/2005 4:38:19 AM

I love this picture. So well done.Congratulations!! It's like studying the next move on a chess board. #1809308

Robyn Gwilt 9/7/2005 4:39:41 AM

This is simply stunning - the colours, the crop, the whole catooty! Congrats on POTD #1809316

Robert Mann 9/7/2005 4:51:19 AM

Excellent image, Paul! The graphic is stunning as is the composition. Many congrats on your POTD! #1809364

Cathy Barrows 9/7/2005 4:59:59 AM

Congrats on your POTD, Paul...i knew this one was a winner the moment I laid eyes on it #1809392

Terri L. Scribner 9/7/2005 5:11:33 AM

Great perspective and composition!! Congrats on your POTD!! #1809431

Charlene Bayerle 9/7/2005 5:25:25 AM

Congratulations Paul!!!!!I knew this was going to be seen again!!! #1809463

Wendy Stevenson 9/7/2005 5:30:22 AM

Awesome perspective and shot Paul! Congrats on this well deserved POTD!! Really great graphic appeal!! #1809484

Claudette Foote 9/7/2005 5:38:08 AM

Great capture! Paul
Congratulations on this POTD!


Paul Conlan 9/7/2005 5:45:51 AM

A big thank you for all your comments on my "Ready for the Knobs" photo! I had a great time photographing inside the barracks with all the colonnades and especially the checkerboard courtyard. Being able to shoot down from the fourth floor gave a unique perspective as well. Thank you again for your comments and best wishes to you all! #1809602

Christy L. Densmore 9/7/2005 6:12:11 AM

Very cool shot. Congratulation on POTD, I just love the floor and the cadets certainly make the shot. #1809735

Terry L. Ellis 9/7/2005 6:31:57 AM

Congratulations, Paul, on this outstanding POTD!! #1809841

Michelle Brown 9/7/2005 6:52:44 AM

hi paul, sorry for being ignorant on this subject, im from aussie. what are knobs and why cant they walk on the floor.
appart from that I think the photo is great did you really take that from that angle.
lol shell #1809922

Laurence Saliba 9/7/2005 7:06:37 AM

Awesome POTD Paul!!! Congrats a remarkable image!!! #1809995

Jessica Mocle 9/7/2005 7:16:41 AM

That is such a surreal shot! Awesome job! #1810034

Susana Ms Heide 9/7/2005 7:27:07 AM

What an amazing design you've composed and captured!! I could go nuts in there with my camera!! This is really OUTSTANDING Paul! #1810067

Leanne M.E. Boyd 9/7/2005 8:05:58 AM

Wonderful shot Paul! Congratulations on your POTD! #1810239

Patty Razonable 9/7/2005 8:38:34 AM

Awesome image!! Congratulations on your POTD!! #1810355

Jenny Bosmans 9/7/2005 8:54:53 AM

Great surreal capture,Paul!! Congratulations on a well deserved POTD! #1810429

Paul Conlan 9/7/2005 9:13:01 AM

Thanks again for all the comments. The "Knobs" are first year cadets (college freshmen) who are treated like low-lifes much of their first year. Especially the first few weeks. The increase in status over the years at the Citadel as the prove themselves academically and leadership-wise. The first year they actually cannot walk on the sidewalks around campus but have a little walking lane in the gutter. That kind of thing. This barracks is one of about six there. It is the largest and was remodeled just a couple years ago. I'm going to try and attach a photo that shows more of the building so you can get a better feel for it. I have two other images in the Gallery B - Latest Images at my BP website. You can't miss them. I was standing on the fourth floor colonnade looking down the stairs to the courtyard. No elevators! Ha... Thanks again and best wishes to all. #1810516

Paul Conlan 9/7/2005 9:18:26 AM

Photo 2 #1810536

Nancy Grace Chen 9/7/2005 10:03:31 AM

COOL pic, Paul! What a clean-looking and graphical scene. Congrats on your POTD.

Nancy #1810619

Luhut Napitupulu 9/7/2005 10:09:07 AM

Excellent composition and perspective, Paul!
Congrats on POTD! #1810642

Kathleen R. Struckle 9/7/2005 10:53:02 AM

Unique image. Congrats on POTD!! #1810801

Cesar J. La Rosa 9/7/2005 11:21:00 AM

Great image, Paul!!! Outstanding perspective and excellent composition. A very well-deserved POTD!!!
Congratulations!!! #1810901

Susana Matos 9/7/2005 12:18:21 PM

wonderful photo, Paul! Congratulations!
Cheers from Portugal, Su #1811060

Mary Clarke 9/7/2005 12:31:01 PM

Congratulations on POTD Paul - wonderful graphic image. #1811103

Evy Johansen 9/7/2005 1:06:51 PM

Wonderful image, Paul! Many congratulations on your POTD!! #1811164

Mary N C. Taitt 9/7/2005 2:07:21 PM

wonderful surrelaistic and provovative image, congratulations. Mary #1811316

Anita Taylor 9/7/2005 3:15:09 PM

Incredible image, Paul! wonderful composition and angle of view! #1811443

Pu Chen 9/7/2005 4:32:54 PM

What a wonderful shot, Paul! Very unique perspective on the life of the knobs. Very well done! Congratulations on your POTD! #1811648

Jill Sharwood 9/7/2005 5:01:53 PM

What an interesting viewpoint. The image conveys an atmosphere of the sanitised environment totally ordered with rules and regulations, nothing out of line and with no leeway for individual expression. I notice that the table is perfectly on the diagonal.

The term 'knobs' is interesting. In this country it refers to the 'top brass' (or maybe that is an idiomatic term too!? #1811698

Paul Conlan 9/7/2005 6:43:35 PM

Thank you to the latest group of commentators. I appreciate your feedback and kind words on my photo. I'd say your assessment Jill is pretty accurate. The relationship between giving up ones individuality in many ways to become a part of a highly ordered and effective team… and eventually a leader... is pretty interesting. I’m not sure of the derivation of the term “Knobs” but I think it refers to their shaven heads. The use of the word in your country is much more impressive! I'll have to email my son and let him know. Best wishes to all... #1811963

Jacqueline C. Harmon 9/8/2005 8:55:04 AM

very interesting concept! congrats on potd! #1814202

Steven E. Remington 9/8/2005 9:11:17 PM


Aside from the fact that this is an absolutely great image, it also had a personal impact on me. As a class of 89 Citadel grad, this view was right outside my door for 4 years. Go Dogs!

Paul Conlan 9/9/2005 5:21:37 AM

Jacqueline and Steven... Thank you for your comments on "Ready for the Knobs". I was wondering if any alumni would see the photo. There are two other photos of the barracks in the Latest Images gallery of my website if you'd like to check them out Steven. Best wishes... #1817231

Jim Miotke 9/13/2005 6:16:36 AM

This is such a cool image, Paul, I had to stop and comment on it. As the previous comments testify, it works on many levels. Wow! #1831521

Paul Conlan 9/13/2005 3:03:12 PM

Jim... Thank you for taking the time to comment on my photograph "Ready for the Knobs". I've now printed it and am entering it in a juried exhibit later this week. I hope it's as well received there as it has been on It's great to hear from you. Best wishes... #1833496

Nicole Kessel 9/23/2005 10:22:27 PM

Outstanding Paul! Congratulations! #1872833

Robyn Gwilt 9/23/2005 11:57:29 PM

Congrats Paul - one of the best pix of the year so far! #1873342

Linda D. Lester 9/24/2005 6:44:41 AM

I think you will do well with this! Congratulations! #1875312

Brian Lobdell 9/24/2005 10:22:10 AM

Applause here (white gloves of course)and congratulations on your deserving finalist! Very unique perspective and geometric pattern(s) here - Love it! #1876705

Paul Conlan 9/24/2005 3:50:17 PM

Nicole, Robyn, Linda and Brian... Thanks so much for the comments. This is a favorite of mine, but that's no guarantee of BP "glory"... Ha. This month I had three finalists... all taken at the Citadel. It is a very photogenic location and I hope to shoot there again in October. Thanks and again to you all and best wishes...

Paul #1878752

Piotr M. Organa 9/24/2005 10:11:25 PM

Winner. #1880062

Vicki Hunt 9/25/2005 11:53:49 AM

Well, for all those who want to know, this image also won a first place award last week in a critique given by Craig Tanner, a famous published Georgia photographer. He gave it a "10". It is no surprise to see this as a finalist and my prediction is a huge future win! Congratulations on an awesome photo being finalist!!!
vicki #1882251

Paul Conlan 9/26/2005 8:12:35 AM

Piotr and Vicki... Thank you for your comments and kind words. And Vicki for your short history of this image! Ha... I also recall it's recent rejection for the APG show. Oh well... #1886173

Charlene Bayerle 9/26/2005 10:18:13 PM

Congratulations Paul....well deserved...awesome image!!!! #1888880

Kerby Pfrangle 9/26/2005 11:04:24 PM

Paul congratulations and very well deserved. Job well done. Kerby #1889145

Kerby Pfrangle 9/26/2005 11:06:17 PM

Paul congratulations and very well deserved. Job well done. Kerby #1889153

Vicki Hunt 9/27/2005 2:27:32 AM

I am so pleased for you! Congratulations! #1889520

Colette M. Metcalf 9/27/2005 3:41:54 AM

Congratulations, Paul!!! #1889754

Robyn Gwilt 9/27/2005 3:48:49 AM

Congrats Paul - what a worth winner!! #1889803

Linda D. Lester 9/27/2005 6:08:10 AM

Paul...I knew this would be a winner...Congratulations!!! #1890533

Paul Conlan 9/27/2005 7:04:50 AM

Charlene, Kerby, Vicki, Colette, Robyn and Linda... Thank you for all the congratulations! I really appreciate it... #1890915

KHAWLA Haddad 9/27/2005 8:59:37 AM

Congratulations on your wonderful Second place winner!!!!!! #1891469

Candice C. Calhoun 9/27/2005 1:17:51 PM


ccc #1892557

Cathy Barrows 9/27/2005 1:46:16 PM

congrats on your win...i think it should have placed higher but what do I know other than I love this one #1892690

Claudia Kuhn 9/27/2005 5:44:34 PM

Congrats Paul! #1893266

Paul Conlan 9/27/2005 6:20:17 PM

Khawla, Candice, Cathy and Claudia (what's with the C's and K)... Ha... Thank you for your comments and congratulations. I'm glad you like the photo. I'm very pleased with how it turned out myself! Ha... Best wishes. #1893372

James Reininger 9/28/2005 1:26:27 PM

Cool... It reminds me of work done by a famous artist from the early 20th century, who did intrinsic designs. I want to say "Escher". Anyway, excellent image. #1896229

Keith L. Clayton 9/28/2005 5:06:45 PM

Superb shot! #1896816

Paul Conlan 9/28/2005 6:59:37 PM

James and Keith... Thank you for your comments. It is sort of Escher-like isn't it James? I hadn't thought of it before. Great observation. Here's the Escher site for anyone who's interested:

Best wishes... #1897123

Murry Grigsby 9/29/2005 12:21:17 PM

You know I'm a big fan so I'm always happy to see your work in the winner's circle! Congratulations Paul!! #1899822

Paul Conlan 9/29/2005 12:32:23 PM

Thank you Murry! I'm honored to have a photographer fan of your caliber! Best wishes... #1899873

Bambi L. Dingman 10/14/2005 7:24:24 AM

Paul, I'm so glad this picture was featured so that I had a chance to see it and then to view your web site. You have so many stunning photos! I have bookmarked your web site. I'm now a huge fan of yours and will continue to watch your work!! Good luck exhibiting this one! #1951364

Kathleen K. Parker 7/5/2006 4:38:56 AM

I really like your Citadel series, Paul. What great contrasts and composition. Thanks for your welcome to Atlanta, too.
kk #2987593

Paul Conlan 7/7/2006 3:42:28 AM

Bambi and Kathleen... Thanks for your comments on Ready for the Knobs. It's one of my personal favorites and I'm glad you both like it! I hope to get back in the barracks at the Citadel sometime this year. #2995464

JO ANN CLEVELAND 10/7/2006 5:28:28 PM

What an eye-catcher Paul! Proud for your win! Congratulations ~
See you in Atlanta!
jo ann c. #3420312

Vikram Jamwal 7/27/2007 11:20:00 PM

This is very beautiful Paul! #4570263

Paul Conlan 7/28/2007 5:23:04 AM

Hi Vikram... Thank you for your comment and for finding my photo that's about two years old now. It is a favorite of mine. Best wishes... #4570870

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/28/2007 5:39:02 AM

Glad you resubmitted this Paul!
Sorry you didn't get to go on the Atlanta BP group trip but I certainly have admired your gallery!

jo ann c. #4570893

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Company F officers await the arrival of the "Knobs" (freshmen Class of 2009) - Padgett-Thomas Barracks - The Citadel – Charleston, South Carolina

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