Shore

Shore

An interlude in Dumfries & Galloway which has nearly 100 miles of south facing shore line and is usually as quiet as this scene. There is talk of identifying the region as a national park which would certainly give a boost to tourism and bring increased prosperity to an area that mainly relies on farming, fishing and forestry.

This view was taken south of Gatehouse of Fleet on Fleet Bay.

 

 

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Barmaid

Barmaid

Not only can museums be highly photogenic places, but here the staff were at ease with having their pictures taken which allowed me to add to my collection of environmental portraits without the sometimes tricky need to negotiate. In most other situations you would have to explain why you wanted to take a picture.

Another of my Ironbidge Gorge museum pictures taken at the Victorian town. This barmaid wasn’t just for decoration though, as the pub was a working establishment serving a wide range of real ale.

 

Street Scene: Agra

Street Scene

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.

 

The Doctor’s Wife

The Doctor's Wife

This is another charming period scene taken inside the house of a doctor that is a recreation of a nineteenth century property at the Victorian town of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum next to the river Severn in Shropshire, England.

I love the way that local people who work here manage to get into the character of the times through their dress and manner.