Gill’s Almshouses, Carrickfergus

Isn’t it surprising that having visited a place many times and yet there is always something that goes unnoticed.  In my case this was Gill’s Almshouses located in Governor’s Place just across the road from Carrickfergus Castle.

The almshouses were built with finances from the will of Henry Gill in 1842 in the Tudor style from designs by Charles Lanyon.  It was was Gill’s intention that the provision of accommodation for aged men decayed in their circumstances would be made.

They were certainly preferable to the workhouse.

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The Somme Remembered

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Yesterday (1 July 2014) was the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the usual civic remembrance was held within the grounds of Belfast City Hall.  In documenting the event I took 85 exposures and from these I have selected just 13.  In making the selection I took the deliberate decision to exclude politicians and other civic dignitaries because I wanted the Armed Forces on parade to be focus, after all it was their forefathers who paid the supreme price!

Her Majesty’s Forces on parade were drawn from the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards.  The series of images commences with army personnel assembling, the series continues with the parade to the cenotaph and it concludes with an establishing shot taken through a window from a second floor cafe adjacent to the City Hall.  

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Rainy Belfast – what’s new?

Ins’t it odd that few people take photographs when it’s raining?  Some time ago I saw a photograph of a very wet Belfast street scene and it has always stuck in my mind and challenged me to go out and do the same.

Taking a walk around in the rain presents very different opportunities, such has people sheltering under cover, people taking cover in coffee shops which you can photograph through the window and people just going about their every day business with raised umbrellas.

Of course for the photographer rain produces marvellous lighting, reflections, deeper colours or if your shooting in monochrome a different dynamic range.  Capturing the rain as it falls allows you to play with shutter speeds and also adds to the mood the images. Here is a small selection of images shot yesterday.

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Next time it rains go out and give it a go!

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The patience of a street photographer!

My wife tells me that I don’t have any patience and she is never wrong!  But to be a street photographer you really do need patience to allow scenes to develop.  So while I have been wandering around Belfast I have tried slowing down or even taking a seat and allowing things to happen around me.

So I tried an experiment, I took a photograph and then waited to see what would change within the scene before taking another photograph, even pausing for ten minutes made a difference.  Here is the result:

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Ten minutes later:

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A bunch of American tourists showed up and gathered around the tourist information board, the girl never flinched and the two unrelated elements provided a contrast or tension within the frame. 

Try giving it a go!

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Brownlow House Classic Car Rally

There is nothing like a classic car rally to being back memories of the 1960s.  In my day I owned a succession of MGs, Midgets and MG Bs.  So I was naturally drawn to the MGs on display of which there were many.

It was unfortunate that the EU forced rubber bumpers as the earlier cars fitted with chrome bumpers looked much better.  Of course the real classic MG was the MG A, and a 1959 model was on display.

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There were of course some vintage models view, although I was particularly drawn to the MGs.

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I met one real character who was directing traffic, an RAF veteran who kindly allowed me to take his photograph.

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All colour images taken with a Fujifilm X Pro 1 camera fitted with a 35mm 1.4 lens, all exposures were ISO 400, 1/250 second at f8.  The monochrome was taken at f2.8 and 1/1900 shutter speed.

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The world cup and all that!

Here we go again, another world cup and no doubt wall to wall media coverage to bore us completely silly.  You can tell that I am a football fan!  

However walking around Belfast I see that bars and restaurants are getting in to the mood. The photograph below is taken in one of Belfast’s old entries, in this case Pottinger’s Entry which connects Ann Street with High Street in almost a straight line. The principal attraction is the Victorian pub, The Morning Star.

In a city where the flying of flags causes so much controversy I was amused to see The Morning Star public house bedecked in so many national flags to get its customers into the world cup mood.  Spot the Union Flag!

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Ballintoy Harbour and Game of Thrones

This week I visited Ballintoy and the harbour that featured as Pyke Harbour in the movie film Game of Thrones.  It is a stunning place to visit, even on a dull overcast day.  

The following link, which will open a new page, shows an image of the harbour as how it appeared in the movie.

Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim

Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim

Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT54 6NBAll images contained on this website remain the property of Roger Bradley. Images may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without express written permission

What makes an image speak?

Having just spent two delightful weeks in Turkey I am now reviewing the images I have taken and this one keeps coming back to me as if the character in it is haunting me! Taken in the Izmir bazaar it is to my view a powerful image that sends out a message.  My only consideration was how to process it.

It was taken in raw format and obviously in colour, but I think that a monochrome version of the image is much stronger as the colour in the original photograph was distracting. Here is the photograph:

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Izmir Bazaar

So what is my interpretation of the image?  The image is un-cropped and appears as it came out of the camera.  The blurred lady in the foreground is dressed in western clothes and laden with shopping bags.  Behind is a blind man with hand out begging and behind the beggar is a smiling Muslim mother carrying a child.

There is so much to be read into this photograph.  Recently I heard a photographer say that he doesn’t take pictures but pictures find him.  How true!

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The shoemaker

Always be prepared to look for the unusual, those places or people that have not really kept up with the times.

It is very definitely good to get off the main streets and explore side streets and entries. Walking down a narrow cobbled street I came across this shoemaker’s shop, although at first sight it does not look like a shoemaker’s shop.

Getting inside the shop was also difficult as it was packed with so much stock, however gaining the owner’s attention I was able to get a photograph from outside the door. Inside the shop was very dark so I was depending on light coming in from the doorway.

I wish I had taken more images as he was very friendly and not the least bit shy about having his photograph taken. Maybe I will get another visit to his shop.
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Sinclair’s Department Store

Sadly Sinclair’s Department Store closed in 1972, but the building still stands proud. Sinclair’s was once one of Belfast’s most prestigious department stores. The store on Royal Avenue as seen today was built in 1926 in the classical style. By 1935, Sinclair’s was extended with an Art Deco-style addition by Belfast-born architect James Scott, who had previously designed the 1926 building.

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Since January I have taken a great many images of Belfast buildings, in so doing I have been trying to depict them with open space surrounding them to show their locational setting and perspective.  Apart from the images taken at the very beginning all have been taken with a Nikon D700 fitted with a AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G lens.  Having taken well over 500 images with this lens since January I have come to value its qualities.

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