Doors with a Nautical Theme

My contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors this week is doors with a nautical theme. The door with a porthole is similar to one I included in an earlier post, but it comes from a coastal port in Cornwall, instead of Ireland. Maybe, over time, the porthole got miniaturized to become the peephole that is now a common feature in doors?

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The Seawitch, Penzance, Cornwall
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Mermaid Cottage, Kinsale, Ireland

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: Signs

I couldn’t help but post a few images in response to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. The opportunities certainly are limitless! A common theme in my selected images is falling or going downhill.

Driving a car in another country can be challenging. Especially when you are driving on the other side of the road, and on narrow roads, such as in the Lake District in NW England. When I first saw the traffic sign in my first image, I had no idea what to make of it. Watch out for low flying motorcycles overhead?

I still haven’t got it all figured out. There’s a hill ahead – got it. There is no red diagonal across the round sign, so it looks like it’s OK to do something, but what is it?

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Steep grade ahead

This second image is from Ireland. The message is quite clear – the earth is flat and if you get too close to the edge you will fall off.

I am sure that there is a good reason for placing this sign here. Ireland can be a very foggy place, so if you can’t see very far ahead when you are driving down this road, maybe you would be in danger of falling off the end of the jetty. It probably happened to someone – hence the warning sign.

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End of the road

My third image is taken from a walk along the coastal path in Cornwall. We have done a lot of walking on footpaths in England, but the message on this sign will certainly motivate you to keep on the straight (not usually) and narrow (most of the time).

I hope that you enjoy these photos – please feel free to add your comments and suggestions.

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Danger of death

Doors of the UK and Ireland – Part 1

From a young age I have always been interested in topical collections. My first memories from childhood include collecting matchbook covers and swizzle sticks. My matchbook covers were usually collected on the streets near home. Swizzle sticks often came from further afield, including vacations with my parents, when we would be served drinks with a swizzle stick for stirring – usually just a Coke for me!

Later on, I started to collect stamps with a common theme. My choice was to collect stamps from around the world that pictured airplanes, which evolved to include rockets and satellites once we entered the space age.

In photography, my first topical collection was based on circles, and I printed many black and white images of circles, which I mounted onto cardstock. Those prints are long gone now. More recently, I have been collecting digital images of front doors during my travels.

Doors can vary in design, size and colour depending where you are in the world. I have included a few images of residential doors that I have discovered and enjoyed in England and Ireland.

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Blue door with porthole – Ireland
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Red door – Cornwall
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Blue door and gate – Ireland

Darker Tones

I have recently been experimenting with darker tones in black and white photographs. Using images that were shot in broad daylight, I have been processing them with masks and gradients to darken parts of the image. These three images are examples from this processing.

The Rock of Cashel is a popular tourist attraction in Ireland. The proximity of gravestones and the cloudy sky add to the sinister and moody look of the image.

The RC Harris Water Treatment Plant is located in the Beaches area of east Toronto. It is a majestic art deco building that looks much more impressive than its purpose – to process domestic drinking water from nearby Lake Ontario. Water purification is a basic human need, so, perhaps, the “darker” treatment is not in keeping with its altruistic public health goals.

The exterior fire escape is attached to an office building in Victoria. External fire escapes are much more prevalent in other cities, but this is a good example of a simple geometric facade with the fire escape and its shadow dominating one end of the building. Applying a gradient adds some interest to an otherwise monochromatic wall.

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The Rock of Cashel
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water treatment plant
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fire escape

Stone Prints

When I was involved in silk screen printing over 40 years ago, I always wanted to find ways to reproduce a photograph as a silk screen print (serigraph). There were many limitations in the process, which was very time consuming and required accurate registration of each colour application.

It is now much easier to create images that imitate serigraphs with the use of filters in Photoshop.

In this series, I have used images of stones (carved or free standing) and transformed them into three serigraph prints.

Jerpoint Abbey
three saints
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Kit’s Coty standing stones
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Celtic cross

Monochrome Arches – Series 1

Black and white photography has always interested me, ever since my darkroom days. In the digital world, it is easy to get caught up in colours and vibrance and saturation. By returning to black and white images, tonality and gradients become more important.

The framing of an image has always been important to me. In this series, each image is framed by an arch and/or contains a series of arches. The archway leads you into the image, to discover what lies beyond the frame. From an architectural perspective, it is also interesting to study the differences among the styles of arches – be they gothic, romanesque or barrel vaults.

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Jerpoint Abbey, Ireland
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Bayeux Cathedral, France
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Santa Maria de Eunate Chapel in northern Spain
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In the shadows of Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

 

 

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Foyer of the Tate Gallery, London, England
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View of the Coliseum, Arles, France
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View from the Arles Coliseum
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Walkway to Bastion Square, Victoria, BC
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Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, Spain