Ten: a photographic selection

I’ve taken advantage of a few days’ leave to tackle one of those tasks I’ve never really found the energy to get round to: cataloguing, winnowing, and keywording my photos. Here are ten of those I was pleased (for one reason or another) to reacquaint myself with.

On Dover’s Hill

Yesterday, thanks to some friends, I discovered Dover’s Hill. Far from the long, withdrawing, melancholy roar of Dover Beach, walking on Dover’s Hill was full of the more energising sights of spring. Here are a few:

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Paradise Lost

I don’t normally take photographs of rough sleepers, but the irony of this one takes it into social comment when you consider the vast sums being spent on the remodelling of Paradise Circus – between the seat of municipal government and the upmarket areas for concerts, clubbing and dining.

An evening walk in Magdeburg with camera

A short pause this evening in a busy working schedule coincided with a lovely warm Spring evening. A couple of things I saw struck me.

The first was a piece of graffiti, which seemed well-fitted to multiple readings. The context is (or contexts are) that this is written on a fairly ugly concrete wall supporting a walkway. The walkway is around part of the old city wall of Magdeburg below the (Protestant) cathedral. And the site as a whole is in what was East Germany. Just the other side of the cathedral is a piece of the Berlin Wall which was given to Magdeburg in 2009 – marking the 20th anniversary of its being pulled down.

Sorry for the wall 1

Sorry for the wall 2

The second thing I found interesting were some statues beside the Elbe, on a strip of grass separating a busy dual carriageway from an almost equally busy footpath and cycle way. (There’s an awful lot of public art around the city, much of it fascinating.) The stillness of the statues in the busyness of the vehicular and foot traffic struck me as a contrast worth trying to capture in camera. So here’s an unconventional group of “still life” shots.

Still life 1

Still life 3 Still life 2

Hidden pictures and primitive history

Somewhat by chance I heard of Mow Cop as an interesting ruined castle worth visiting with a camera. And despite rather harsh and contrasty sunlight, it was. Oddly, this must be the worst signposted castle in the UK. It was almost as though they didn’t want visitors. There are no signs at all, even close to the actual ruins.

Mow Cop 35

What I hadn’t known until I saw this stone, was that this was the place where the Primitive Methodists originated. You go out for an interesting image, and come in with a better grasp of English and religious history.

Mow Cop 44

I’d heard of them as a more protestant, revivalist, and lay movement. I hadn’t realised where they originated in the Potteries.

Photography is a very educational hobby.