A visit yesterday into the hinterland took me, in the company of members of the Stewartry Camera Club, to Blackstone Clydesdales near Cumnock.
This is the first time that I have tried my hand at photographing horses….and beauties they were!
Perhaps that accounts for the fact that I only caught his nose….definitely the best part though!
Queen Victoria, Empress of India, looks down on the manager of the bank in the Victorian town at Blists Hill open air museum.
As a photographers we take our opportunities where we can and in India those opportunities are plentiful. Many shops and businesses are open to the street which has a number of benefits. The main one I suppose is access and the consequent lack of privacy. People working in these businesses are a part of the hurly burly of street life and are used to the potential for interaction with others on the street. The other benefit is that daylight streams into the premises which certainly helps to make the photography easier and more interesting.
This picture was taken in the town centre of Kannur in Kerala.
Agra in Uttar Pradesh is rightly famous for the magnificent Taj Mahal but I found the streets of the city just as fascinating. The contrasts couldn’t be more extreme of course but then the history of cultures is founded on the striving of the masses that enable the achievements of the culture. In every back street you come across the artisans practicing their craft and at every level you see a common appreciation of beauty and refinement. Out of chaos comes order. Even the masses aspire to higher ideals…..
Strange contradictions here. There is beauty even in chaos.
A slightly different view of the steam train standing at Pickering Station recently on the basis that you can’t have enough pictures of such subject matter particularly as it recreates one of the joys of my childhood, that of standing at the side of the track waiting with growing excitement as the sound of a steam engine grows into a thunderous roar as it hurtles past with an express……… yes!
This is a street scene taken at the Victorian Town, a part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
The machine appears to be either farming or road laying equipment.
A second view of the steam locomotive captured at Pickering Station last week.
These engines were known as Black Fives and were a highly successful mixed traffic engines built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in the late 1930s