Photo Friday

Photo Friday | Festival of Music & Light

VividSydney Festival | Australia

This time last year I was visiting my son who at the age of nineteen left Manchester UK and was living in Sydney and working for the retail store TopMan.

On 23 May 2014, I went to the beautiful City of Sydney to view the spectacular VIVID SYDNEY festival with a group of photography enthusiasts and was in awe of the colourful light projections that had Enveloped the sails of the iconic Opera House.

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The shots were captured resting my camera on the handrail….the other million photographers were clever enough to use tripods!

 

Photo Friday: Going Candid

The Art of Candid Street Portraiture | Crisol Street Photography

Have you ever tried Street photography?

It’s more difficult than you think!

This collection of black and white photos was taken at the Mercado De Motores, a weekend market in the Railway Museum in Delicias, Madrid.

During the day, a challenge had been set by the photography group Crisol Street Photography, I had joined during my stay in Madrid. The founder, Levi Shand, had asked all the members in attendance to think about ’emotion’ whilst taking a shot, so basically shoot street photography whereby the person shows their emotion.

Boy, I was not looking forward to this.

Why?

I just did not like invading people’s spaces when taking photos, it makes me feel really uncomfortable, but then, it’s not a bad thing to get out of your own comfort zone every now and then.

The only way I could approach this challenge was to take photos of people looking away, or people in mirrors or of children playing.

However, there’s one image, and if looks could kill…as they say…this was that occasion.

The young lady in the said shot did not look amused. After the candid photo of her, I approached her and told her that I thought she looked really stylish, (the lady in white) hence the reason for my shot to which she then wore the most beautiful big smile and posed for me…but then that’s not candid….?
What a Twist!
Anyway, here are the results…

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Motion

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Photo Friday: Malaga Series

Meandering in Malaga

According to The Guardian, Malaga is one of the hotspots to visit in 2015, stating it is packed with the triple whammy of new attractions for the cultural city-break traveller to enjoy.

During most of 2014, my daughter travelled each month to stay with me in Spain, finishing work Friday evenings, flying from Manchester to Spain and returning back to the UK early Monday in time for work. We both enjoyed this special Mum and Daughter weekend time together, something we lacked in the UK.

I was staying in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena at the time. We took a tram to Malaga town centre for our usual walkabout. The sun was not shining and the clear blue sky was amiss, but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for our myriad adventures in the city.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, the city was enveloped in fog, and it was July, the height of summer!

But you know what…? As the photos reveal, it was just as beautiful….to me anyway.

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Afloat

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Photo Friday: Madrid Series

The Art of Airport Architecture

This week’s photos comes from the beautiful Madrid Barajas Airport, Terminal 4, Spain. It is modern, huge and Breathtaking!

My son was leaving for London after staying in Madrid with me for a few days. We took a taxi to Madrid airport and unfortunately was dropped off at the wrong terminal. Luckily we heard that there was a ‘free’ shuttle bus departing every 10 minutes to take passengers to Terminal 4.

I was not aware of what to expect, however I fully appreciated the beautiful architecture and it’s bright, cheerful and warm colours. The architect Richard Rogers was inspired by the silhouette of a bird in flight. You can see this reflected in the bamboo-clad ceiling waves of graceful curves and the heavy supporting columns take off in oblique directions, like tree trunks and branches rising to meet the forest canopy.

Be sure to take a quick tour to Barajas if you’re ever in Madrid, it’s well worth a visit!

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

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Colourful Madrid Airport

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Fascinating airport design

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Airport ceilings

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The airport itself is an architectural wonder

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The place which takes you to another world

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Modern cool structures

Reflection shot

Reflection shot

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Undulating ceiling

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Interplanet

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Photo Friday: Manchester Series

This week’s photos comes from in and around Manchester, a follow on from my previous post…but a little more creative.

Manchester is one of the nation’s most vibrant cities and is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, sports clubs and transport connections.

Manchester has something for everyone.

 

Manchester Town Hall from the NCP rooftop carpark

Manchester Town Hall from the NCP rooftop carpark

 

Fountain Street, Manchester

Fountain Street, Manchester

 

Sunset on Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre

Sunset on Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre

 

'Fire Window' Manchester Cathedral, designed by Margaret Traherne 1996 after the bombing in Manchester

‘Fire Window’ Manchester Cathedral, designed by Margaret Traherne 1996 after the bombing in Manchester

 

The Lowry Footbridge, MediaCity, Salford Quays

The Lowry Footbridge, MediaCity, Salford Quays

 

Number One First Steeet, Manchester

Number One First Steeet, Manchester

 

Dark Alley, Manchester

Dark Alley, Manchester

 

Iconic City Tower, Manchester

Iconic City Tower, Manchester

 

Civil Justice Centre, Manchester

Civil Justice Centre, Manchester

 

One Angel Place, Manchester

One Angel Place, Manchester

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