Tower Bridge, London : 17th August 2012
Freshly painted for the summer Olympic games no doubt, Tower Bridge was decked out in fetching patriotic shades when I dropped by in August…
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“Tokyo Metal” : 17th March 2012
This impressively modern installation resides just in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku, although with a whole host of other abstract pieces of art. This is about as far from traditional Japan as you can get, architecturally speaking…
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“Tokyo Tower” : 16th March 2012
After yesterday’s photo highlighting the brand new Sky Tower, here we have the old creaking Tokyo Tower.
Unusually for me, I took a tripod on my trip, a lightweight carbon-fibre one which I could easily carry on my back all day.
I really wanted to try to capture some better quality night images: I’m not sure that I succeeded (I think I still have quite a bit to learn here), but this particular effort seems to capture the more romantic side of the old tower, bedecked in an unusual lighting scheme (all-over orange is the norm).
The tower is always fun at night, thronged with people, and also I found it a very useful beacon for navigation as this time around in the capital I’d vowed to do it on foot, the only way to get a real feel of any city, I think…
You may have been surpassed in many ways by the Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, but you still exude a ton of nostalgic charm after dark…
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“Metal Lines” : Porto, 9th September 2011
Another view of the same bridge featured in yesterday’s post, again focusing on perspective, this time achieved by that sophisticated technique known in the trade as ‘dumping the camera on the floor and hoping for the best.’
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“Coastal Bars” : Hiroshima, 19th February 2012
I shot this last weekend when I when down to Ujina, the port area of Hiroshima.
Yes, it’s just some rusty metal bits of a railing with some other dock-like things behind, but what really caught my eye was the light playing on the gentle waves. These looked especially good out of focus, imparting a smooth, glassy look to the sea which is very appealing.
I also like the unknown white stuff speckled over the railings.
Simple things, but together they made for something compelling.
It was quite a successful day photography-wise, with some other pleasing shots which I will no doubt be publishing shortly…
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“Skyhook” : Lisbon, Portugal, 7th September 2011
How could anyone resist a huge metal hook painted in such an unbelievably bright fluorescent orange?
Always be on the lookout for industrial beauty, even when you’re surrounded by a cornucopia of touristic delights, as I was this day down at the waterfront in Lisbon’s historic Belem district.
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“Dome and Sky” : Vatican City, 12th March 2011
I needed a break from the arduous toil of going around the Vatican Museum, and found an escape from the round of dimly lit chambers in a beautiful garden somewhere outside.
Just at that moment the weather changed for the better, the rain clouds dispersed, and I discovered this enormous metal dome, a kind of modern installation, sitting incongruously in proximity to all of these remnants from bygone ages.
Somehow the colour and shape of this artefact was just begging to be contrasted with the blue sky, and here it is – a highly unorthodox and unrepresentative memento of the Holy See!
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“Locked in Shadow” : Hiroshima, Japan, 31st December 2011
I found this little scene on the outside of some sort of power generator next to a major roadway, and in this tiny little rectangle there are a host of elements that appeal to me: rust, shadow, texture and warm tones. What more could you possibly want?
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“Abstract Shelter” : Hiroshima, Japan, 17th December 2011
The foreground of this image depicts the edge of a bus stop shelter along a major roadway in northern Hiroshima.
Behind is the entrance to the monorail system which runs elevated above the road on enormous concrete stilts, its logo comprising the sixteen orange discs visible in the background, nicely blurred against the grey metalwork.
This monorail, which could have been such a useful transport asset for the city, turned out to be something of a fiasco. It was built some fifteen years ago for the Asian Games which were held in Hiroshima, and the priority was to link the city’s major stadium in the north with the centre, but they ran out of money and it never got as far as the train station on the other side of the city, thus rendering it of limited use in its connectivity.
To make matters worse, during construction, one of the concrete supports toppled over and killed a number of motorists in their cars below. All for the temporary prestige gained for the city during two weeks or so of second-rate sports competitions – what a waste…
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