Sunday, 11 September 2016
Friday, 9 September 2016
|1609A-60 : Shibden Park Lake, Halifax|
You've got to admire the British upper class. If they look out of their window and consider the view of the valley and the river a little less than inspiring, they can order up a team of labourers to dam up the river and create a monumental lake. Anne Lister was one of the biggest employers of child labour in the coal mines of the Halifax area in the nineteenth century. She used the profits to change the view out of her window. You've got to admire the British upper class.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
|1609A-59 : Rusted Gate, Fixby|
If this was a sculpture, that fine lived-in colour would be called a patina. But it is an old iron fence and therefore it is just rust. If this was a sculpture, it would be displayed in a gallery and would be full of meaning. But it is an iron fence in a field, a field full of grass.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
|1609A39 : Field in Fixby - September 2016|
I almost sent this in to the BBC who are always on the look-out for photographs they can use as back-drops to the Weather Forecast. Rain-dripping, mist-encasing, damp-draining field: perfect for about nine months of the year.
Monday, 5 September 2016
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Sometimes when I see a lovely old building I want to strip away the cars, the advertising hoardings, the street signs and the people and just appreciate the lines of the building itself (I long to discover an editing program that can do this for me!). At other times all that collateral colour and noise just add to the building. This is the case with the lovely old Grosvenor Picture Palace on Oxford Road, Manchester which I walked by yesterday. Designed by Percy Hothersall in what is described as "Renaissance-influenced Roman-Corinthian" style, it was the largest cinema outside London at the time of its opening in 1915. Sadly it no longer shows films but serves cheap drinks to students.
Friday, 2 September 2016
It takes a lot to keep my outside a pub and restaurant when the night is coming on and a thirst is gathering. But last night, stood outside the 3 Acres in Shelley, I have to confess I hesitated and spent a few minutes refreshing my soul by looking at the sunset over Huddersfield. And then, of course, I entered and refreshed my body.
Thursday, 1 September 2016
This photograph was taken twelve years ago in September 2004 at the Scarborough Jazz Festival. Sadly, it says a lot about the state of live music in the UK. So often, there can be more people in the band than there are in the audience - a sad state of affairs.
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