Theme Day: Pedestrians Crossing

pedestrians crossing

This is the first theme day I’ve participated in in… well… too long. June 2012 – ten months ago. How on earth did that happen?!

As soon as I saw the theme of ‘pedestrians crossing’ I thought of this crossing. It’s at the top of Northumberland Street, near both universities, and if you look at the picture you can see that those crossing are doing so ‘on the red man’ – when you’re not supposed to cross (although it’s not against the law like it is in some countries). At this crossing if you wait for the green man I think people think you are a little strange :)

You’ll be able to see other interpretations of this theme day here. So far my faves are Vrennis Vienna Daily Photo, Julie of Sydney Eye and this amazing pic from Jim at Sydney City.

Also, in exciting news, I’m featured on the city daily photo portal :) How exciting! Thanks Julie!

Playing with pictures week: the vampire rabbit

March 24, 2013  |  Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, Public Art  |  3 Comments

rabbit copy

I love the vampire rabbit but I hate the weird red-pink colour of the building and doorway. Sorted!

Playing with pictures week: St Nicholas’ clock

March 22, 2013  |  Buildings, Churches, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  No Comments


This is the clock on the tower of the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, with the colour removed from the rest of the picture (and at a very Tenin-esque angle, as apparently I can’t help myself). Do love this clock! What do you think?

Playing with pictures week: black and white Sage

March 21, 2013  |  Buildings, Gateshead, Quayside, River Tyne  |  No Comments


The Sage Gateshead just looked more stunning in this shot in black and white, not colour.

Playing with pictures week: Cadbury sky


Playing with levels on this left me with this shot and this deliciously-coloured sky.

Playing with pictures week: Black and white

pitcher piano

This picture of the Pitcher and Piano was in colour to start with, but I think it’s more striking converted to black and white.

You can see the original on twitter here.

Playing with pictures week: Venus

March 18, 2013  |  Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, Public Art  |  1 Comment


This picture starts a week of something I don’t normally do: playing with the colours of my photographs.

In fact, it’s quite rare (although not unheard of) for me to do anything other than crop and resize my pictures. But every so often something inspires me to play with colour. The first picture I played with was this one of the Newcastle skyline. When I got it into the computer the only colour that stood out was the orangey-red dome, and so I looked up how to make the rest of the picture black and white but leave the colour in that.

I loved the effect, and the next picture I wanted to try the technique with was this one, and it wasn’t even when I got home onto the computer – as soon as I saw her I wanted to bleach the colour out of Northumberland Street and see how amazing her hair looked in comparison! A few days later I posted this one too and I believe that’s the extent of all the messing with colour that I’ve done.

But then I looked at today’s picture of the clock outside Goldsmiths Newcastle on Blackett Street, and I thought it wasn’t as striking as it should be, and so I decided to try this effect again. And then I took another couple of pictures and thought ‘you know, I could do something with the colours here’ again. And suddenly I had a theme week!

More pictures with played-with colour follow this week.

If you’re on twitter or facebook and you have any photos like this feel free to share them there!

Posty snowbox

March 17, 2013  |  Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  1 Comment

postbox snow

This picture was taken at the beginning of this week. Osborne Avenue is always pretty in the snow, and the postbox sets it off nicely.

George Scott Gentleman’s Hairdresser

March 14, 2013  |  Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  4 Comments


I think Alf may recognise this window display?

The shop is on The Side, just round from Amen Corner and St Nicholas’ cathedral, and their website can be found here. Not many hairdressers/barbers can trace their history back for 150 years, I bet.

“Street photography”: literally

March 13, 2013  |  Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, People, Shopping  |  1 Comment

street photography

I took this photograph on Northumberland Street on Saturday. It was a cold, wet day. Strangely, I didn’t wait for the street to be clear; it just happened that way.