Posts tagged ‘England’

May 6, 2016

With room for another

English spatial dilemmas, American car made elsewhere.
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January 31, 2013

London windows

I struggled with what to post for today’s image. In the end, these pastel windows in London near Russell Square won me over. I think they’re on Great Russell Street or Museum Street. It doesn’t really matter where they are considering what I did with them. The light was coming from the back, and I knew I was going to thrash this in editing. They actually look quite a bit different than this, but there was something about their shape or structure that I wanted to call attention to. I also wanted the wires to stand out.

The windows reminded me of one of my favorite English bands, Joy Division, in the way that they are astutely British and somehow beautiful and falling apart all at once. I wasn’t sure to like them or wonder about their relevance in the future. There are so many old and awesome buildings in London, but in a way they kind of halt progress. That is to say the new runs into the old and needs to find its way around. It clashes fiercely. I’m not complaining. I quite like them – the old buildings, that is. I’m just not sure if that will be the case for a few generations down the line. At some point everything’s a dinosaur.
London windows
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January 4, 2013

Jumbled Leeds

I’m not sure why I like this photo. It is a mess. There is really no focal point. I cut the car in half in the lower right corner. There’s still something about it that I like returning to, and I can’t figure out what it is. Maybe it’s that I can’t put my finger on it, and the photo somehow deserves my attention. I find a two-dimensional quality to the image that makes it difficult to tell the buildings apart – where they end, where they begin. In some places it looks like they join together in a surreal sort of way.

Leeds rises up in this jumbled mess, and it’s quite an interesting mix of old and new. I don’t think I’ve ever been to another city like it – how it bundles up in the center and rises fairly abruptly. As you travel out of town in any direction it disappears relatively quickly. There are lots of reds and teal greens in the windows. Gray shows up a bit, too.
Jumbled Leeds
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December 14, 2012

Pink ice cream shop – Keswick

This is just one of those happy little finds in between some buildings in a crowded photogenic town. On the way back to the car in Keswick I had to stop and shoot down this little way. I’m not sure if it’s an alley or a walk or if that car is even parked legally. I didn’t sample the ice cream. The man in the doorway isn’t waving at me, although it appears in the picture he is. It was just standing out – the only pink item in an otherwise uniformly gorgeous English town.
Pink ice cream shop - Keswick

November 17, 2012

Big Ben over Westminster

I’ve continued to go backward in recent weeks with photo selections, and here is another. It has equal parts to do with my exhaustion from a super-busy weekend and some current nostalgic thoughts of my trips overseas. This has been a hectic year, and I didn’t leave the country for the first time in a few years.

The London Eye might be the best way to see the central part of the city, but as a photographer you only get one loop around to set yourself up for a shot. On a rainy afternoon I wedged my tiny lens between water droplets and quickly snapped whatever I could. That included this tighter framing of the two English icons.
Big Ben over Westminster
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October 10, 2012

Over Keswick (with a point & shoot)

I love this photo. There are all sorts of problems with it, but I still love it. You have to hear the story to understand why. The other day I posted a photo looking the other direction from this site – back at the lake behind me as a ferry raced across my frame. This is the view back at town from on top of the little hill I was laying on. Yes, I had to lie down to take the shot, because I didn’t have a tripod. I was forced to nestle my camera in such a way that the blades of grass didn’t defeat my view. They still obstructed things in a very obvious way – a way I feel works for the photo.

There were sheep all around me scurrying about eating and bleating and attempting to defeat my photo, but I finally was able to crop them out. So imagine me laying there on top of this hill, sheep (and their dung – I had to contort to avoid any part of my body getting messy) strewn all about around me, while this amazing view unfolds thanks to the pools of sunlight breaking through a partly cloudy sky. I would’ve liked a slightly better crop job. A tripod would’ve been quite helpful. A DSLR could’ve improved the image quality and clarity a bit. In the end, however, it all came together and retains that impact of the quaint village in the beautifully picturesque mountains, which is undoubtedly Keswick. Is it OK to say you love your own photo?
Over Keswick (with a point & shoot)
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October 7, 2012

The nave corridor

Disestablishmentarianism is a long, silly word, one my dad taught me when I was a kid. It applies to this photo in a way. During his reign, Henry VIII dissolved many religious institutions connected to Western Roman Catholicism for political and personal reasons. Kirkstall Abbey was one of those disestablished by Henry. The history of such matters is rather lengthy and awesome and available elsewhere, so I’ll focus on the few bits of amazing about this place that I learned while standing inside of it. First, a road went through the abbey for a time, meaning anyone coming in or out of Leeds along this way had to travel through the length of the old church to get to where they were going. You could stand in this corridor and peak you head out into the nave and watch horses and buggies and such go by. Outstanding. Second, the hometown Kaiser Chiefs played a rock concert here. Third, and finally, the roof is gone except for in these corridors, so although I appear to be inside taking this photo, I’m outside, and it’s raining.
The nave corridor
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