The Nicholl Building

The area where I have done most of my lunchtime photo walks over the last few years, close to where my office building was, consists of a main street filled with typical restaurants and stores.  The buildings are more interesting than most streets in this area and one of those buildings is the Nicholl Building where the Motion Picture & Television Fund health service is situated.

I have not been able to find details of who designed the building but it has similar themes (at least in my eyes) to Meier’s Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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Whenever I visit aquariums (of which we have two great ones in this area) I am always drawn to the jellies (aka Jellyfish).  There is something very meditative about watching them slowly drift about the tank, changing shape and generally just minding their own business.

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Night moves

I don’t do a lot of nighttime photography these days but where I have my desk set up for working from home during these times of isolation, I have a wall of prints of some of my favorite images.  Two of these images I have mounted as a pair and I often look up at them as I am pondering an issue.

These are the two images and I am pleased with how they came out; I like the way the street lighting highlights the scene with the shadows towards the edge of the frame adding an air of mystery to what may be beyond.

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Train journeys

I like taking the train sometimes. Trains are one of the few ways to travel where you can truly sit, relax and watch the world go by. Driving is nice but as the driver you can’t look much at anything other than the road around you and taking photos is out of the question unless you pull over and stop; which isn’t always convenient. Even as a passenger I don’t fully relax and I am always watching out for things on the road (maybe that’s just me).

On a good train journey through the countryside there are often opportunities for photography and although you have to accept that you are shooting through a glass window that is unlikely to be optically good, there are scenes worth capturing.

You have to be ready though and just take the shot when you see it as if you hesitate it is likely gone and there is no going backwards.

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So what is this about?…

In this blog each post will focus on five images that are linked in some way either through the subject matter, place or something else and I will keep the descriptions to no more than a few paragraphs.

I decided to start this blog as kind of a fresh start on my photography. My previous blog called ‘View from the Carrotroom‘ has come to the end of it’s course and I want to go in a different direction. Making a new start is (I think) easier than trying to redesign and take what I have done to-date to a new style.

So here we are

As a photographer I don’t think I have stuck to one genre and I generally just like to shoot things I see (call me an opportunist) but often there is a thread (sometimes tenuous) that links images taken over the course of time and I think this is a good way of presenting my photography in some way that is coherent (for me at least).

This is not intended to be a gear site but just to kick things off here is my current selection of cameras that I will be (and have been) mostly using to create the images. I have others and I reserve the right to use those too but these are my main shooters

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