Elevated Industry

Most people would agree that there is not much beauty in an industrial landscape but regardless of that, I find myself fascinated by some of the structures, shapes, forms, textures and colours to be found there.

This elevated pipeline is one I have been intrigued by for many years as I have passed by in the car. I had the opportunity recently to stop and take photos of it and some of the other industrial buildings connected to it.

Rusty elevated pipe

A Rusty elevated pipe

Building Materials – Bronze and Slate

The materials used in the building of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay are not the only impressive aspect of this piece of architecture. The design by Jonathan Adams seems to defy gravity with the impression of a huge overhanging weight at the front of the building.

The contrasting materials of bronze and slate complement each other beautifully both in colour and texture. The setting within the “arena” at the centre of Cardiff Bay allows enough space for the scale and for people to stand back and take in what makes for a great piece of architectural art.

Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre

Patterns in Water – Slo-Mo Flow

The patterns in the water flowing down the steel monolith structure in Cardiff Bay look like they could be parts of an abstract jigsaw. The slow exposure shot below was not an easy one to get as I didn’t have a tripod with me. I did my best though and like the combination of textures and the patterns that show up as a result of the (apparently) faster flowing water.

water flow patterns

slo mo flow

Less Is More – Broken Walls

This is part of the ruined walls of Carreg Cennen Castle in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

Photographically, less in the frame and a relatively short depth of field has provided a greater range of texture and contrast. The technical elements of this image may be important in helping to produce the photo in the first place, but the enjoyment or interpretation of it is personal to our own individual perception.

Carreg Cennen Castle

Rusty Composition

The “obelisk” in this photo is a simple fence post but that everyday country object takes on a lot more importance in this composition. Finding the right angle and position for the depth of focus proved a bit of a challenge.

If the image does not present the beauty that is in the surrounding landscape, it does, for me, provide a fascinating range of textures, pattern and colour. The composition itself could be interpreted in any number of ways, but I will leave that to your imagination.

rusty fence

Rusty Textures

The rusty texture and colour of this fence post fits perfectly with the colours and textures of the surrounding landscape of the Mawr upland area of Swansea in South Wales.

rusty fence post

Urban Abstract

Black and white / monochrome? You might expect these images to have been produced in monochrome but in fact the last one is the only one that I felt merited the change from colour.

I like the subtleness of the colour in the first two and although I tried the third in B&W and made the necessary adjustments, I found the blue at the bottom of that tyre well to be just right along with the a-concentric curves of the layered rubber.

All images taken on my iPhone with ProCamera.

Tyre Treads

Tyres

Tyre abstract

Tyres

Abstract in Nature – Is there a face in there?

I am currently working on the post-production for a StillWalks video in Cwmdonkin Park in Swansea. It is a while since I was able to look at the photos and I was surprised to come across the image below. It is not one that I am likely to use in the video but I love the abstract nature of this tree bark.

The colour and texture make it a painting for me, one which makes me feel a little uneasy! Is that a face in there? Can you see it?

tree bark