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N 46 B 1.4K C 25 E May 18, 2019 F May 27, 2019
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St Peter's Square, Manchester

Been meaning to snap this sculpture since its unveiling on 14th Dec 2018, so a Saturday morning meet up in town with Eddie was the opportunity to put that right. I wanted to try a different pov to the hundreds that have snapped it before me, but by god it's difficult trying to focus at ground level with a camera that doesn't have an articulated rear screen, even with live view.

This sculpture of Emmeline Pankhurst is the first female statue in Manchester that is not of Queen Victoria.

The Moss Side-born suffragette was the overwhelming winner in a public vote three years ago to choose which woman should be immortalised in bronze, beating the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, the anti-racism campaigner Louise da-Cocodia and “Red” Ellen Wilkinson, the Labour cabinet minister and leader of the Jarrow March.

Members of the public then chose the final design, by sculptor Hazel Reeves. Her last big commission was the “cracker packer” statue honouring the lives of female biscuit factory workers in the Cumbrian city of Carlisle.
Reeves chose to portray Pankhurst in full tub-thumping mode, standing on a chair as she rallied a crowd. Helen Pankhurst, the suffragette’s great-granddaughter, was among those who unveiled the “Our Emmeline” statue on the Friday, 100 years to the day after some women got the vote for the first time in the UK.

Tags:   Manchester St Peter's Square Emmeline Pankhurst suffragette sculpture statue bronze artist Hazel Reeves

N 59 B 1.4K C 32 E May 18, 2019 F May 21, 2019
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Northern Quarter, Manchester

One of the surviving characters from Game of Thrones... she made it all the way to the end!

Missed it when it was first shown all those years ago, but binged watched all seven series back-to-back when Sky Atlantic showed it ahead of the final series... loved every minute of every episode!

This was painted sometime early May before the final episode was shown last night by the street artist Akse.
Also nice to get out and about with me old mucker Eddie... it's been awhile!

Tags:   Manchester Northern Quarter Stevenson Square Arya Stark Maisie Williams Games of Thrones HBO Sky Atlantic The Final Series mural street art street artist Akse

N 915 B 101.8K C 81 E Mar 30, 2019 F Apr 13, 2019
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Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales

I was quite happy shooting reflections while waiting for the sun to make an appearance over the Snowdonia mountains that I didn't actually notice when it did. There was a blanket of cloud sitting just above the mountains that was going to eclipse the sun the minute it cleared the ridge. I was already packing up to look for another location when the sun briefly lit the boats and yachts in the river. Had I been on the other side, as intended, I would never had captured the morning light shooting the castle... every cloud as they say!

Tags:   Caernarfon Afon Seiont Gwynedd Wales yachts boats reflections morning first light sunlight golden glow warmth trees winter leafless

N 77 B 2.2K C 33 E Mar 30, 2019 F Apr 5, 2019
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Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales

So left marooned in the car park next to the castle with only a couple of refuse vans for company... what do you do? Normally, I would have knocked it on the head and gone home, but having made the effort to get out of bed this early, it wasn't an option, and besides I didn't dare wake Mrs R up again so soon.

Having met up with Mark Waidson a few times, one of the many things I've picked up from him is... work a location, you never know when you'll get the chance to go back! So out came the tripod and filters and a good hour spent looking for alternative images. The tide was fairly high and the water silky calm making for some great reflections, which was my intention for the castle (let it go...). Not my normal stuff, but glad to come away with something different.

Footnote: tried hard to make a title out of the words refraction, reflection, inversion and inception to go with this... saw his concert in Manchester last week - worth the ticket price alone for this piece!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8emPcVRhuc

Tags:   Caernarfon Afon Seiont Gwynedd Wales yachts boats refraction reflection inversion inception Hans Zimmer Time morning first light sunlight long exposure

N 136 B 3.0K C 30 E Mar 30, 2019 F Apr 3, 2019
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Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales

Alternative titles for this could have been... "the best-laid plans of mice and men"... "a funny thing happened on the way to the castle" or more in keeping with one of my own idiosyncrasies..."not a full spreadsheet!". The plan was simple... reccy the area Friday night, take some shots for the sunset/blue hour. Go for a meal and a few drinks and back to the Prem Inn - not forgetting to set the alarm for the following morning. Tick, tick, tick!

The alarm went off at 5am; clothes already laid out and gear packed; out of the hotel at 5:10am; Mrs R not disturbed... too much!. It's well less than 10mins to the castle so I thought I'd walk through the harbour to the castle wall, along the front past the Anglesey Arms and on to the castle itself and the footbridge to the other side.

Sunrise wasn't scheduled until 5:56am but had to clear the mountains first giving me plenty of time to setup, get a few first light/blue hour shots and then as the sun cleared the tops would hopefully kiss the castle walls with some beautiful golden light.

Only problem... footbridge left in the open position to let the early fishing boats out!

Tags:   The Anglesey Arms pub harbour Caernarfon Castle castle Caernarfon Afon Seiont Gwynedd Wales walls spotlights first light blue hour long exposure


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