Portrait of a man

Portrait of a man

I saw this man, wearing a suit, trilby hat and open-necked shirt. He had a laid-back style which reminded me of Leonard Cohen. It’s not easy to ask to take a picture of a complete stranger but sometimes you just have to, so I did. He was happy to oblige but when I asked him his name I realised he could not understand English. He could, however, understand art. My thanks to him, whoever he is.

Community Payback

 

Community Payback

'Community Payback' team (2)

'Community Payback' team (3)

The small and pleasant market town of Yarm lies next to the River Tees. For many years, when the river rose, it would frequently flood and cause substantial damage. Flood-gates have now been erected to prevent the problem. On a walk along the river bank I was a little disappointed to see that the flood-gates had been scrawled upon, making them look unsightly. As I walked further, I came across a team of young men engaged in re-painting the gates as part of the ‘Community Payback’ scheme. I stopped to talk with them and get their views on the value of what they were doing. It was good to see something positive being done. I took several photographs of the team and with their permission, decided to post some of them on my blog. They were keen to check out the blog and that’s what they’re doing in the B&W image.

Everyone needs a break at some time and I hope things work out for them.

More olives ……

More olives ......

Ehsan and Salan (L-R) are Iranian market traders who sell Olives, Turkish Delight and other tempting tidbits. I enjoyed meeting them at their stall in Newcastle and chatting about their home country.  They kindly gave me a sample of honeyed almonds (very nice).

Greek Olives

Greek Olives

 

Greek Olive Tree (3)

 

 

Greek Olive Tree (2)

 

 

Greek Olive Tree (4)

 

My regular blog readers will know that I love markets. I also love Olives; green black, stuffed …. any kind really. On a visit to Hexham Market in Northumberland I met Rihanna and Oliver who run the Greek Olive Tree stall. Had a nice chat with them and sampled their olives ….. great food, great banter, lovely people.

St. George’s Day pride

St. George's Day pride

St. George’s day (23rd. April) is the day the English celebrate their patron saint. I got speaking to some veteran army Fusiliers who were wearing their former military insignia and medals. This image, as simple as it is, sums up the pride they felt in being Englishmen who had served their country. The badge bears the motto ‘Quo Fata Vocant’ (Whither the Fates call) which belonged to the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, a regiment which is now part of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The red and white roses represent the colours of Saint George.

In Praise of Gods

In Praise of Gods

As a fan of Classical history and architecture, I thought I would upload this photograph ‘In Praise of the Gods’. The influence of Greek and Roman architecture is evident in the most unlikely places. This was captured close to Middlehaven, an industrial area of Middlesbrough, England.  I was particularly struck by the impressive pediment and spectacular statuary.

© Victor W. Adams – all rights reserved

Easby Abbey

Easby Abbey

Easby Abbey, N. Yorks.

The ruins of Easby Abbey lie on the banks of the River Swale near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Its many architectural features, including elliptical arches and groyne vaults, reveal how grand these structures were in their day. Easby Abbey was among the many suppressed by Henry VIII’s reformation.

It takes all sorts ….

Morris Man

Morris dancer: I saw this guy and his group of friends walking along the promenade – I think they were Morris Dancers ! (Teignmouth, Devon, April 2013).

Ready for the 'off'

Stag-do: Three hot, thirsty jockeys ready for the ‘off'(Teignmouth, Devon, April 2013).

After the rain

Much of the UK has been deluged by rain in the last couple of weeks. The severe weather has, undoubtedly, been bleak for the many affected by severe flooding.   For the street photographer, however, there is a certain elusive beauty to be found only ‘after the rain’.

After the rain

After the rain (1)

Demolition progressing

A few more images from my demolition series. The demolition of the former brewery is steadily progressing. It’s good to know that most of the material resulting from the demolition will be recycled.

Dismantling of steel framework continues

Dismantling of steel framework continues. Each girder is cut by torch, top and bottom and then lowered gently to the ground by crane – an impressive operation to watch.

Former brewery building
Only the steel skeleton of the main brewery building remains

Overseeing demolition I spoke to Ian, who told me that the aim is to recycle 97% of the materials resulting from the Brewery demolition.

Overseeing demolition
I spoke to Ian, who told me that the aim is to recycle 97% of the materials resulting from the Brewery demolition.

Alex & John

Alex & John

While taking some photographs for my current ‘demolition’ series I ran into Alex & John. Alex told me that much of her time is spent driving John around various demolition sites, for which he has a passion.

Please note:  If Alex wants a copy of this photograph (and others) without the © watermark, can she drop me an email to the address I gave her.   I’ll be happy to send copies to her.

Kindred spirit

Kindred spirit

Ken – Photographer
I bumped into Ken when we were both photographing a local demolition site. We shared a common interest, not just in photography but also the documenting of social change. As I also like to take portrait shots, I took the opportunity of photographing Ken. The image was converted to B&W in post-production.

Fine Art

The Artist's Palette Watercolours used by Alan.  The sketchbooks are his - they show preparatory studies for his 'after Rodin' watercolour.

The Artist’s Palette
Watercolours used by Alan. The sketchbooks are his – they show preparatory studies for his ‘after Rodin’ watercolour.

Fine Art

Alan Reed – Artist
I met Alan while he was in the process of painting a watercolour rendition (pictured) of Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Kiss’. He is a talented, prize-winning artist and more of his work can be seen at: http://www.alanreed.com    I discussed Alan’s method of working and he showed me some of the impressive preliminary sketches he makes prior to producing the finished painting.

Man at work

Man at work

Another image from my recent Demolition series. I was amazed at how quickly the torch was cutting through solid girders. The flying sparks made this a ‘must get’ image.

Jaws

Jaws

From my recent demolition series. These powerful machines looked like two warring dinosaurs locking jaws. Their power is awesome – I watched the one on the right cut through massive steel girders.

Toy bike

Toy bike

This photograph, which I took in Toronto some years ago, was a great example of ‘street art’ – a kind of ‘mobile’ art. To me, it represents one of those captured moments in time which, although long gone, is still vividly recalled. I particularly liked the small shoes which had fallen off and were strewn on the ground. I hope you like the Toy Bike as much as I did.

iPhoneography

iPhoneography

Those quiet times
It’s not all about megapixels. Often, more often than not, it’s about capturing the moment and the iPhone is great for that. This image, to me, summed up the simple pleasures in life.
(Converted to B&W in Post-production)

Fence contre-jour

Fence contre-jour

From time to time, I try to remind myself that even apparently inconsequential scenes can be transformed by the magic of photography. This fence, in an area of overgrown scrub, had lost its initial purpose but had, for me, gained an abstract appeal.

Venice – Street art (1)

Venice - Street art (1)

Venice – Street art (1)
Needless to say, the City of Venice provides enormous scope for the artist, writer and photographer. However, I sometimes prefer to avoid the usual picture-postcard images (although not entirely) and capture those moments of ‘real’ life. This example of ‘street art’ seemed so alien to its environment and yet, somehow and paradoxically, meant to be there.

Urban-eye

Urban-eye

Urban-eye
CCTV camera, which had seen better days, painted to brighten up the rusted casing. Perhaps surprisingly, the artwork blended in with its surrounding, graffiti laden, urban environment. It had a kind of compelling attraction – beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder.

Random ‘Urban’ shots:

Big John

Big John

Daily Dose

Daily Dose

Urban transport

Urban transport

Masks

Urban poppies

Naked Re-bar

Home for birds

 

Demolition Crew

Demolition Crew

The urban environment provides a huge range of subjects and opportunities, not just for the ‘street’ photographer but also for those interested in documenting the urban landscape.  Beauty is not only found in picture-postcard townscapes but can be found in the grittier scenes of run-down urban environments, dereliction, demolition and the like.  Indeed, such areas can provide photographers with almost limitless opportunities, whether to document the world around them or to use their skills to create visual art.  In my work I strive to do both and I hope that, on occasion, I succeed.

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Who’s looking ?

Who's looking ?

It should, I think, be obvious that I like Urban landscape and city life. Even unused shopfronts can look good ….. although they are better used ! I thought this was a particularly imaginative approach to what would otherwise have been ‘dead space’.