Ready for the Knobs

© Paul Conlan

Ready for the Knobs

Uploaded: August 18, 2005


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


Vicki Hunt August 18, 2005

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 level-classic August 18, 2005

I second Vicki! Great shot! #1730544

Charlene Bayerle August 18, 2005

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

Colette M. Metcalf August 18, 2005

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

Paul Conlan August 18, 2005

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 August 18, 2005

excellent perspective!! #1730981

Chris Macer August 18, 2005

Very cool POV, Paul. #1731091

Leanne M.E. Boyd August 18, 2005

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

Paul Conlan August 19, 2005

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

Susie Peek-Swint September 07, 2005

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

Eileen Lee Lavergne September 07, 2005

What an original perspective! #1808887

Ed Heaton September 07, 2005

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

Mata Patan September 07, 2005

Great capture! Congratulations on this POTD! #1808954

Joy Rector September 07, 2005

congrats on your POTD #1808979

Laura Clay-Ballard September 07, 2005

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

September 07, 2005

Excellent photo. Congratulations. #1809069

Scott Pedersen September 07, 2005

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

Donna R. Moratelli September 07, 2005

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

Vicki Hunt September 07, 2005

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

Judy S. Fung September 07, 2005

Congrats on your POTD, Paul! #1809137

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict September 07, 2005

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

Muriel Magee September 07, 2005

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

Robyn Gwilt September 07, 2005

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

Robert Mann level-classic September 07, 2005

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

Cathy Barrows September 07, 2005

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

Terri L. Scribner September 07, 2005

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

Charlene Bayerle September 07, 2005

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

Wendy Stevenson September 07, 2005

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

Claudette Foote September 07, 2005

Great capture! Paul
Congratulations on this POTD!


Paul Conlan September 07, 2005

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 September 07, 2005

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

Terry L. Ellis level-classic September 07, 2005

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

Michelle Brown September 07, 2005

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 level-classic September 07, 2005

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

September 07, 2005

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

Susana Ms Heide September 07, 2005

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 September 07, 2005

Wonderful shot Paul! Congratulations on your POTD! #1810239

Patty Razonable September 07, 2005

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

Jenny Bosmans September 07, 2005

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

Paul Conlan September 07, 2005

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 September 07, 2005

Photo 2 #1810536

Nancy Grace Chen September 07, 2005

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

Nancy #1810619

Luhut Napitupulu September 07, 2005

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

Kathleen R. Struckle September 07, 2005

Unique image. Congrats on POTD!! #1810801

Cesar J. La Rosa September 07, 2005

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

Susana Matos September 07, 2005

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

Mary Clarke September 07, 2005

Congratulations on POTD Paul - wonderful graphic image. #1811103

Evy Johansen level-classic September 07, 2005

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

Mary N C. Taitt September 07, 2005

wonderful surrelaistic and provovative image, congratulations. Mary #1811316

Anita Taylor September 07, 2005

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

Pu Chen September 07, 2005

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

September 07, 2005

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 September 07, 2005

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

September 08, 2005

very interesting concept! congrats on potd! #1814202

September 08, 2005


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 September 09, 2005

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 My Courses September 13, 2005

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 September 13, 2005

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 September 23, 2005

Outstanding Paul! Congratulations! #1872833

Robyn Gwilt September 23, 2005

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

Linda D. Lester level-classic September 24, 2005

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

Brian Lobdell September 24, 2005

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 September 24, 2005

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 September 24, 2005

Winner. #1880062

Vicki Hunt September 25, 2005

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 September 26, 2005

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 September 26, 2005

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

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic September 26, 2005

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

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic September 26, 2005

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

Vicki Hunt September 27, 2005

I am so pleased for you! Congratulations! #1889520

Colette M. Metcalf September 27, 2005

Congratulations, Paul!!! #1889754

Robyn Gwilt September 27, 2005

Congrats Paul - what a worth winner!! #1889803

Linda D. Lester level-classic September 27, 2005

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

Paul Conlan September 27, 2005

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

KHAWLA Haddad September 27, 2005

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

Candice C. Calhoun level-deluxe September 27, 2005


ccc #1892557

Cathy Barrows September 27, 2005

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 level-classic September 27, 2005

Congrats Paul! #1893266

Paul Conlan September 27, 2005

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 September 28, 2005

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 September 28, 2005

Superb shot! #1896816

Paul Conlan September 28, 2005

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 September 29, 2005

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 September 29, 2005

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

Bambi L. Dingman October 14, 2005

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 level-deluxe July 05, 2006

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

Paul Conlan July 07, 2006

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 October 07, 2006

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

Vikram Jamwal July 27, 2007

This is very beautiful Paul! #4570263

Paul Conlan July 28, 2007

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 July 28, 2007

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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