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.
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).
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 (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.
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, 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’s funny what you come across when taking ‘street’ photographs.
Got chatting to Bailey’s owner, Chris, about how his dog is normally camera-shy. Not now it seems !!! ‘Giz a chip, mate’.
Three things I love ….. Boats, Water, Sky ! In landscape terms – the ‘Rule of Thirds’.
One of those wet, dreary days …….. but still good for street photography.
Love the philosophical sentiment ……. itching to move the apostrophe !
Heavy post-production manipulation of one my ‘street’ shots. I like the idea of the photographic medium being used creatively. Image manipulation can alter its appeal, aesthetic and even its genre, as here – ‘street’ to abstract / visual art.
Images of Dogleap stairs, Newcastle upon Tyne. Taken in Colour and converted to B&W (HDR added) in post-production
Research/Survey vessel, mv Fugro Galaxy, passing the Groyne as it leaves the Port of Tyne.
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).
Stag-do: Three hot, thirsty jockeys ready for the ‘off'(Teignmouth, Devon, April 2013).
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’.
Strong, directional sunlight can make for interesting street images.
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. 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
I spoke to Ian, who told me that the aim is to recycle 97% of the materials resulting from the Brewery demolition.
Close-focusing on the bottle, coupled with a wide-angle, provides perspective; a fairly wide-aperture (f4.5), the background blur (bokeh).
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.
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.
The Artist’s Palette
Watercolours used by Alan. The sketchbooks are his – they show preparatory studies for his ‘after Rodin’ watercolour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
I saw Dan carrying his mobile Ad sign in the busy City street. Sometimes you just like a shot and I just liked this one. Hope Dan does too.
Nat Lunatrick (Nathan) is a Street Performer. He stilt-walks, eats fire, juggles and other such stuff. I loved his style, his hat and enjoyed chatting with him.
Fresh Milky Coconuts
They were fresh, they were milky but they weren’t selling – not then, anyway.
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.
‘ What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep, or cows ….. ‘
William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940
The grittier, yet still colourful, side of Venice
Watercolour artist – Venice
I’m always impressed when street artists can produce, from a seemingly chaotic palette, such beautiful work.
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.
I spoke to Noel, a Born-again christian proselytiser, about the symbolic meaning of ‘John 3:7’. He’s a nice guy and we had a good chat. An interesting Wikipedia article in respect of St. John’s gospel 3:7 can be seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_3:7_(sign)
I smiled at the irony of the fact that I couldn’t ask the subject to ‘smile for the camera’.
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.
Home for birds
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.
Stopped for coffee at the Aroma Café. Pleased to say that Dale’s service was first class.
This is Alfie, who was taking his owner, Gary, for a walk. I stopped to chat with Gary and of course, to admire this nice fella and take his photograph.
Kyle is a Chef who works at a Fish Quay restaurant. I enjoyed chatting to him and happened to meet him again a couple of days later.
Selling a ‘Nose with Toes’. A tribute to the great work being done by Comic Relief on Red Nose day.
I believe it’s the simplest things that make street photography worthwhile.
These two gents in their natty green hats were celebrating St. Patrick’s day a little early
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’.
The backdrop is actually a billboard showing how an artist’s impression of a refurbishment scheme is likely to look. It’s the ‘perfect street’, at least until it’s lived in !