Wednesday, 7 December 2016

1517 : The Imagination Of Bats


BACK STATION ROAD, BATLEY - DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-138

Back Station Street in Batley runs down the back of the station. The name of the village that seems to hang from the valley side is Hanging Heaton. Imaginative folk in these parts.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

1516 : Salvation Has Dried Up


WESLEYAN CHAPEL, BATLEY, DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-54

Chapels are dotted around Batley like second thoughts. Once, religion overflowed from the citizens like rainwater out of a Manchester water butt. Now the chapels are workshops and restaurants and boarded-up ruins. Salvation has dried up.

Monday, 5 December 2016

1515 : Cambridge Days

BATLEY TECHNICAL SCHOOL AND LIBRARY, DECEMBER 2016 : 1612-043
This photograph looks up Cambridge Street in Batley towards the town Library. On the left is the Technical School and on the right is the Municipal Swimming Baths. The municipal pigeons swoop overhead. I wonder if there is a Batley Street in Cambridge?

Friday, 2 December 2016

1514 : Drained Cars And Giant Wheelie Bins

BATLEY WAR MEMORIAL : DECEMBER 2016 (1612-030)
I sometimes think that the twin curse of modern times, as far as photographers are concerned, is that of cars and wheelie bins. Both conspire to overpower any scene with their flash metallic colours and utilitarian plastic angularity. In this picture, only by draining the cars of all their colour was the eye free to travel up the stone sets to the war memorial. Even then, the Fox's biscuit factory tried its best to imitate a giant wheelie bin.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

1513 : A Great Place To See Art

BATLEY LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY : DECEMBER 2016 (1612-025)
After the beauty of the sun setting over the Lisbon skyline, where better to go to than Batley in West Yorkshire.  The town is full of spectacular stone buildings, many of which are in a terrible state of disrepair. Luckily, this is not the case with the Library and Art Gallery which is situated on the main square. A sign on the side of the building proclaims, "a great place to see art".  Whatever art that might be hanging inside, it would be hard pressed to challenge the beauty of the building itself.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

1512 : Copy Cats

25 APRIL BRIDGE AND STATUE OF CHRIST THE KING, LISBON, PORTUGAL

As you leave Lisbon harbour you pass under the magnificent 25 April Bridge. It was built by the same company that constructed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and is very similar in many ways. Next to it is the statue of Christ The King, which was modelled on the statue of Christ The Redeemer in Rio. All they need is a copy of Big Ben to balance it on the other side of the bridge and they will have a full set.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

1511 : Hey Mr Tambourine Man

Santa Cruz de la Palma : November 2016
I can't recall who this is a depiction of. It was a statue off one of the main squares in Santa Cruz de la Palma. A man, looking up at an overcast sky. Hey, Mr Tambourine Man

Monday, 28 November 2016

1510 : Remorseless Energy And Dark Logic


Santa Cruz de la Palma : November 2016

You sit in the cold north and dream about a land where the sun shines with remorseless energy and the sky is oil-paint blue. But when you live in such a land of dreams, you buy thick, dark shutters to keep the remorseless energy of the sun at bay.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

1508 : Climate Change


One of the guides showing us around Madeira told us that the island was famous for its micro climates and that it was possible to experience three or four weather systems in a single day. I took this photograph from a hilltop overlooking the capital, Funchal, in the bright sunlight. By the time we had reached the mountains, thirty minutes later, the rain-heavy clouds had closed in.