An Alternative Viewpoint

Last weekend I went on a art walk with Sarah Abbott from the Mission Gallery in Swansea. We went down to the dunes at the eastern end of Swansea Bay with sketch books and cameras, etc.

Sometimes the places you know best are those that are hardest to “see”. I have done a fair amount of photography in the bay but I have not produced a StillWalks video there. Taking a look at a place with someone else can be helpful in that the interaction of perception can prompt a fresh way of seeing the familiar.

Swansea Bay Cranes

Swansea Bay Cranes

Lighting Architecture

Windsor station is in there somewhere but the roof architecture and lighting you see below is in fact a shopping centre and cafe complex built within the old station layout. It is a great place and I loved the atmosphere.

Windsor Station

Windsor Station

Windsor Station roof

Windsor Station

Windsor Castle

Even on a dreary day there are plenty of visitors to Windsor and Windsor Castle. It was, of course, the last week of August, so perhaps that is to be expected!

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle - Henry VIII Gate

Shiny Green

I am not a motorcyclist but there is something about the aesthetics of motorbikes that has appeal – or perhaps it is the romantic notion of “riding into the sun”. The bright green of this Kawasaki does not have the same appeal as the shiny red of the Ducati in yesterday’s post but it is still, somehow, a fitting colour for the machine.

Kawasaki

Kawasaki break disc

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

Shiny Red Ducati

I was hanging around waiting for my car to be serviced last week and took the opportunity to take some photos on my iPhone.

This Ducati motorbike was not parked in a position that would allow effective photography of the whole bike but I love the shiny red 🙂

Ducati

Ducati ST4s

Overside and Underside

The architecture of the main entertainment block in Park Tawe, Swansea, could not be said to be very inspiring. There is a covered walkway over to the centre of town which is purely functional in its design.

However, viewed from the right angles and in the right conditions, some great patterns can be seen. Even the peeling paint on the underside creates a kind of two tone map of some imaginary archipelago.

covered walkway

shadow pattern

walkway underside

Fractured Glass – Stars and Stripes

I guess, on this day you could call these photos stars and stripes (no offence intended) 😉

My recent walk around part of Swansea to look at some of the architecture and cranes revealed more patterns than those created by construction.

The details of this fractured glass, when seen close up, are fascinating. I was frustrated not to have taken a much closer macro shot when I looked at the images on my computer. The second image is a screen shot of the first image zoomed in to full size but is not one that would print well due to it being at screen resolution – click on that image to see it larger.

broken glass

broken glass detail

broken glass

Constructing and Constructed Architecture

I love the complex patterns created by the scaffolding on this construction site in Swansea. I have no idea what the new building will look like but it will be sitting beside the interesting patterns to be seen in the design of the BT tower across the road.

The BT tower is not a particularly attractive building – it looks a bit like something you would need to plug in for your phone. There are, however, many fascinating shapes, patterns, reflections to be seen in its surfaces and structure.

scaffolding patterns

scaffolding patterns

BT tower Swansea

BT tower Swansea