A Magical city 2019

London is one of those places you either lover or you hate. The busy streets with people following their daily lives. The tourists, that includeds me, lost and bewildered but finding new things at every turn. There is wonder and magic, theatres and museums to explore. There is also the sadness of the soldiers now forgotten and the homeless, sitting on the corner simply waiting but not sure what for.

The first things you see are those landmarks you've always known were there. St Pauls, Trafalgar Square, The Tate Modern and the National Gallery. There are so many places to see and so many memories to make. There's always a somewhere to go, something to aim for, as place to visit. The top set of images are Rainy Day in London and did it rain. There are several in the set.

The National Galley, how can anyone not visit this amazing art venue, the history, the famous painting, to see the brush strokes that they actually made. The Tuner landscapes, Vincents madness in the depth of the brush strokes and of course Monet. There are so many different styles of work and imagination. There are some you always walk over to see, no matter how many times you've seen them before. Bathers at Asnières has a fascination in the colours and the skill of pointalism. . Self Portrait at the Age of 34 Rembrandt the unmistakable style of the master of light. Sunflowers there's always a crowd around this one but how can you not wonder at them. The Fighting Temeraire by Turner. you can disappear int he depth of the paint and blends of colours. There are so many more. On every visit you see something new to inspire the imagination.

Trafalgar Square, Taken from the steps of the National Gallery, I came out of The National Gallery and it was heavy rain but this created a gift of reflections of the busy people running to get out of the rain. This famous site always has some fascination. The people and performers interacting, The music of unknown faces and bewitching songs and melody while the lions look on if only they could tell the stories they've seen.

St Martin's in the Field beautiful building and a place of worship. There has been a church on the site since at least the medieval times. The earliest record for the church is from 1222, but there's been a grave found from about A.D. 410. This building was constructed from 1722–1726 and designed by James Gibbs. . The church is one of the visual anchors adding to the open-urban space around Trafalgar Square. You are drawn in to its passing community, hearing the skills and passion of musicians that play their magic. It's place to rest and relax listening to the music. Well worth a visit.

The Tate Morden, It is based in the former Bankside Power Station which closed in 1981. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art which opening in 2000. My favourite part of The Tate is the Tanks, they have very special feel to them. Art not to be missed Gormley Man , and the Rothko Galley. Once you've seen the exhibitions and had good food and coffee, then it's time, to look at the building it's self, the enormity of the turbine hall and shapes of the introduced concrete, intimate corners and of course the textures.

My image 'Crossing the Thames' and 'The Shard' was taken from The Tate Modern in 2017 and the first set of London prints created.

For those who worry about these things between 14 - 27 layers for these. Set of 8 images in total.

Two from a Set of Seven  2017

The Red Chair

The Red Chairs

A quick Coffee 2014

It was a cold winters day so we called in for a coffee at this little cafe in Wheelton. If, its still there after so long I really don't know.

We sat in the window with a latte and I expect a piece of cake, as there were several varieties to choose from. The room was covered with various decorations, all linked to the cafe in some way.

There was a larger table with several people sat opposite. This table had four painted chairs, the one that caught my eye was the red ones. The focal point of the image is actually the white chair that stands out from the table. Obviously, hadn't been pushed under the table.

On this occasion it was perfect. The chair away from the table allowed into the image giving you an invitation to the table.

The manipulation in the image is to highlight the movement of the chairs and people during the day at the cafe.

The image has ten layers and only one additional texture.

Old Image Breakdown

A simple image called the Swirl, created in 2003. See more on the Image page.

Archive Update

During Lockdown 2 my Archiving has continued and will for many weeks to come. It’s slow process as I’d not realised that I’d made so many images.

In 2013 I had a project with a friend to create an image s day, I’ve skipped that year and will return after the New Year, I think I need a cold, wet, dull day to start tackling that one.

Each image I add to the Archive brings back a memory, some about taking of the image and some memories of judges and peoples comments about the prints during talks and judging. The three new images are all ones that have one well in exhibition but also have a special place in my photographic timeline.

Three new images on the Archive Page.

Each page has a link to the next new mage at the bottom of the page.The Archive will be regally up dated as it shows images and stories that haven’t been seen in a while. Do you have any memories from the images, let me know on the Contact Page or Comment below.Looking forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to like my facebook page if you used the link from there, it just helps me know posting on Facebook about updates works. Thanks for looking.

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