Posts tagged ‘Leeds’

May 6, 2016

With room for another

English spatial dilemmas, American car made elsewhere.
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April 26, 2016

Nothing is settled

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Nothing is settled
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April 12, 2016

The other dwellings, Leeds

A view off the top of the park up.
The other dwellings, Leeds
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April 11, 2016

Hawkswood Ave

Hawkswood ave
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April 22, 2013

Chapel ceiling through the window

This ruined abbey had a chapel tucked back into a section most people were ignoring, but it was very cool to look at. I went around the corner to shoot through this window, and because I didn’t have a tripod to steady my camera I had to balance my little point-and-shoot on the the stone window ledge. That leaves the base of the window in frame, but it also gives you a sense of the scale. If I remember correctly, the window is about four or five feet high, and the ceiling stretches about 20 feet up overhead. I’m probably wrong, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be going back to measure any time soon. I was more interested in the subtle coloring in the stone – the green and the orange – so, I embellished them.
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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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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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