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“Heavy Sky” : Hiroshima, 16th February 2011
Last winter I bought a 10-24mm wide-angle lens and wanted to test it out, so one cold weekend I climbed up Hiroshima’s Futabayama and pointed the camera south.
In the foreground lies the city, the typical ugly concrete and wires of modern urban Japan, but if you look carefully (especially if you view the larger version), you can see the Inland Sea in the distance, dotted with small islands that make refreshing day trips out of the grey industrial blight . This body of water separates the main Japanese island of Honshu from Shikoku, the smallest and most rural of the four major landmasses that make up the nation.
Below this forbidding heavy sky I shared the mountain with a large metal pagoda, a gift from the government of India to memorialise the victims of the atomic bomb, the perfect apocalyptic accompaniment to the roiling storm clouds above…
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“Reflections under a Swollen Sky” : Strasbourg, 29th August 2011
I love strolling around on my own after dark. Or at least I do in cities where I know I’m not going to come to any harm.
Here I found myself in the old quarter of Strasbourg, which by day is bustling with tourists come to admire the narrow streets bordered by quaint medieval timbered houses, the quintessential Alsatian architectural look.
By night, most folk have retreated to the restaurants to unwind after a hard days’ sightseeing.
Not me, though. I’m perversely skulking about with my camera, intent on transforming the picturesque urban landscape into a gloomy foreboding twilight of unspoken evil.
OK, OK, I’ll shut up now…
You can stop by my gallery and take a look at the larger version if you so wish, readers.
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