Sunday, July 26, 2009

New photos online

With a little bit of time to myself this week, I had all sorts of plans for making effective use of the time. In the end, life rather got in the way of my plans and I didn't get anywhere near as much done as I'd wanted to. However, I did at least manage to get a few hundred pictures uploaded that have been hanging around waiting to be shared with the world for a couple of months. As usual, they've all gone up on my Flickr site.

This album is a short one that may in time grow. Before I left Scarborough, I took a couple of PCs apart in order to destroy the hard drives (which is a really difficult thing to do, even with a hammer - they're pretty solid). I found a kind of mysterious beauty in the parts and bits of broken kit so took some pictures of them. It's not an original view I'm sure, but I felt that motherboards and chips resemble streets and cityscapes in miniature and was keen to try and capture that.

I took some shots of cables and wiring today, which I'll add to this album if they come out good enough.

Shortly after my wife and I moved down to Brighton, we spent a sunny Sunday in the rather pleasant village of Rottingdean, just a little further along the coast. While she had some company to keep, I took a wander around the village with my camera.

It was very a quaint place and somewhere that I hadn't really explored much in the past. A real old feel to it, with a sense that time might just have stopped there. It also has a famous windmill up on the hill that overlooks the village, setting itself out as a local landmark.

Her mother is also visiting at the moment, over from Japan. Aside from catching up with family, this also gives us a good opportunity to go out and do some touristy things too. I've chalked up two UK firsts this month.

The first of the above albums is taken from an afternoon spent at the Brighton Carnival 2009. It was a glorious day weatherwise and I'd never seen my hometown's stab at a splendid parade before. Admittedly, this particular version began in 2007 (when I was living in Tokyo), but it seems there have been carnivals in Brighton on and off since 1923.

We had a great vantage point, right near the tail end of proceedings, and got to see the whole thing. I was very impressed with the fabulous costumes that people went past in and we all got swept up in the lively atmosphere.

Last weekend, we got in the car and trooped off to Britain's best-known contribution to world heritage - the mighty Stonehenge. Again somewhere I'd never been, it was pretty impressive. More in a conceptual sense and a 'How did they do that?' sort of way I suppose, because when you get there it really is just a stone circle on an open plain surrounded by hordes of tourists. Mind you, on the stone circle front, there's not really anything else to beat it!

Not too far away from this country's most ancient piece of heritage was Avebury, another set of standing stones from roughly the same era. There were far fewer people there and the stones were more spread out, but it was a great little add-on for the day out. Pictures from both places can be found in the album above.

One more before calling it a day. The Brighton album has now almost doubled in size, with the addition of several new shots taken from this year's Brighton Festival and some summer beach fun too.

If you like any of the pictures, do please feel free to head over to the page and leave a comment - all input is much appreciated!


idleformat said...

ah! another post that prompts fond memories! lovely stuff of Rottingdean - had many great times there as a child, particularly the outdoor swimming pool below the cliffs (head for the beach at the White Horse and go left). I also remember hearing that Rudyard Kipling grew tired of Rottingdean (you have a photo of the entrance to his garden) after being constantly annoyed by bus loads of tourists who could peep over his wall from the top deck...

Globalism said...

Cheers mate - glad to have triggered off a little something with this post!

It's funny, one almost doesn't think of Kipling's era as having tourists.

This prompts the question - when did tourism start as a leisure activity? One for googling on a lazy day, I suppose.