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Stratford II: Digs

Photography by Mark Moore

The Stratford “ONE” student accommodation building, Westfield Avenue, Stratford. The amount of new building going on in Stratford is astonishing, and it very much follows the standard UK model of replacing older industrial units with expensive residential and shopping developments. Although somewhat architecturally controversial, I think that the building is more interesting for its implicit statement about British society.

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Stratford I: Jonathan and the Giant Abacus

Photography by Mark Moore

  At least I think It is a giant abacus. I am not sure. Like an old computer, Its memory and display could well be One and the Same… Queen Elizabeth (Olympic) Park, Stratford. Taken with the M7 and Zeiss C-Sonnar, some very expired film, and way too much bokeh. It has taken much too long to upload these shots, taken over a long weekend in the UK. It is often stated that shooting film is a way to avoid time in the “digital darkroom” – but never have I had […]

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The Fall of Night

St John's Church, Hythe. Taken with a Leica M7 and Zeiss C/Sonnar 50mm lens.

Silhouette of St John’s Church, Hythe, constructed in the late 19th century. Amazingly, churches like this are still in active use. The much documented falls in UK church attendance seem more likely to be due to apathy and the emergence of less altruistic trends in British society – rather than an advancement in people’s willingness to think, reason and understand the world around them without recourse to superstition. Taken with the Leica M7, Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5, some Kodak film that expired a decade ago (as opposed to the Fuji used previously), and a lot […]

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Shore Road

Shore Road, Hythe, Hampshire. Taken with the Leica M7 and Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5.

View towards Weston (Southampton) from Shore Road, Hythe. Taken just before sunset with the Leica M7 and Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5 and a very very expired Fuji colour film. The vignetting and blur that you see here are characteristics from using the Sonnar wide-open. Mouse-over to see the impeccable scratches added by Fotoprix when processing the negatives… painfully cloned-out with partial success using photoshop. As if the scratches were not enough, I also hit problems using our Wacom tablet with photoshop. Pen-up events were not being recognised, causing all manner of mouse/tablet control chaos. This […]

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Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

A section of ceiling from the Liceu Opera House, Barcelona

A picture of part of the ceiling in the Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The theatre was rebuilt in the late 1990’s following a fire that destroyed the original structure. The style is a kind of post-modern baroque in deep red and gold. I always half expect (or perhaps hope for) the orchestra to lead with the Muppet theme tune, or spot spider-man swinging from the roof. This was taken at an excellent  performance of Norma in February. While the choice of production is often a little too traditional […]

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#4YFN and #MWC15

Samsung Galaxy S6 Curve

It is phone-week here in Barcelona, with the 4YFN (Four Years from Now) and MWC (Mobile World Congress) annual events for 2015. As with last year, there is a great mix of startup companies and large corporations, and both venues are still growing in size – even if 4YFN sometimes feels as if much of the growth is from consultants pitching sophisticated forms of modern-day snake-oil. Some emerging trends: lots and lots of people selling “big-data” analytic services for mobile and web, but far fewer people selling apps or app development (perhaps […]

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Parc de l’Estació del Nord, Barcelona

Parc de l'Estació del Nord, Barcelona

Back to Barcelona, and the park alongside the old north railway station. The station has now been recycled as a mixture of bus depot and a civic sports centre, and is flanked by a small park. The area is quite a nice example of urban regeneration. For example, the sports grounds built in to the old (and very wide) railway cutting: This is the first of a short sequence of shots taken to test out a new lens on the Leica – a Zeiss ZM 1,5/50 C-Sonnar, which I am hoping […]

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Barcelona: Lunar New Year

Barcelona: Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Some photographs from today’s Lunar New Year parade in Barcelona. As usual, a good mix of costumes, drums and of course dragons. Not particularly great weather for the event – cold and with occasional rain. However, people seemed to be enjoying themselves nonetheless… As with most cultural things in Barcelona, everything gets a bit mixed up, so it seems some of the gegants (giants) and people from the correfoc (fire-run) had escaped and joined the march. I can understand the correfoc’s dragons, but I have no idea how the gegants’ fish and pigeon are connected to the parade… […]

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