Dominion-Photography: B&W

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Showing posts with label B&W. Show all posts

Buxton - Old Hall Hotel

Tuesday, February 4, 2020



 
One of the oldest buildings in Buxton, Derbyshire, the Old Hall Hotel is in The Square, opposite the Buxton Opera House.
See Google map LINK

The site's (Hall) history extends back to the medieval period.  Undergoing several transformations including a four-storey fortified tower, between 1576 and 1578 it housed Mary Queen of Scots whilst in the custody of George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Hall was rebuilt in 1670.  By 1727 the 'Hall' became a Hotel. Over the next 30 years, Buxton became an established Spa Town and the Old Hall became fashionable to clientele included bishops and visiting aristocracy taking the purported health benefits of the local geothermal waters.  

It remains a hotel to this day. 


Buxton - The Slopes

Saturday, January 25, 2020



A very cold and wet miserable winter morning turned into a slightly milder afternoon in Buxton, so the opportunity to capture (an apparent lifeless) area of the town couldn't be missed!

As I crossed the road and headed towards the steps (1st pic below) it struck me how quiet this locale was getting.
Eventually ascending the steps and eerily looking like some typical sci-fi or post-apocalyptic horror setting, the only real visible signs of life on 'The Slopes' in Buxton was some chap walking around with a camera!

Twelve stone urns on plinths were placed as part of Sir Jeffrey Wyatville's landscaping of The Slopes in 1818 (opposite John Carr's The Crescent) and later altered in 1859 by Sir Joseph Paxton.  

Note: The last eight photos were taken before commencement work on the Crescent building. 


Read more about John Carr (architect) LINK
Read More about The Slopes and Buxton via Historic England: LINK
Wikipedia - Buxton: LINK 









 


Destination London




Touring London?  Here's three great destination examples to photograph.

  • The Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge 
  • The London Eye

But instead of 'getting the shot' from typical 'sightseeing' spots which were either too crowded, not quite opposite or ideal vantage positions, all three photos were taken from my first River Boat trip on the Thames!

Obviously weather conditions were a deciding factor kit wise, but overall I'm happy with the results and I'd happily take another boat trip or two next time I'm visiting London.

So if you want to try something different and are not prone to motion sickness, the boat clippers are highly recommended!










Buxton flurry





Renowned for its bleak winter weather, Buxton can actually look very picturesque and quaint after a light dusting.  In this instance,  within a few hours all traces of snow had gone.

I remember the winter of 2010 being pretty bad here but apparently 1947 in Buxton was branded 'the longest and harshest in the town's history'.













Buxton - Buxton Opera House

Friday, January 24, 2020


Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, designer of the London Palladium (1910) and the London Coliseum (1904).
Adjacent is the Pavilion Gardens.
Buxton Opera House is located in The Square, Buxton spa town in Derbyshire, East Midlands region of England.

Over the years I've taken numerous shots and different angles of this magnificent building but were never really 'satisfied'.
Until now.
Fortunately, these photo samples were taken with no vehicles parked-up in front spoiling the view!


 

Buxton - Pavilion Gardens Park



Although it's winter, the local park has some really interesting things to see (and photograph), from trees looking like some kind of intricate nervous system silhouetted against the sky, to lonely park benches that have seen far better days and company.  

Indeed, Buxton's Pavilion Gardens park is truly a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy nature's beauty - for free.

In fact, for a summer family day out, there's plenty to see and do including a miniature Railway, play areas, nearby facilities / kiosk, bandstand and much more. 

Highly recommended.






























Buxton - Pavilion Gardens


Initially shared on Twitter in 2019, reposted here a sample session, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.




Derbyshire - Summer Day 2019

Tuesday, January 7, 2020





A Summer's day selection of photos of Chatsworth House, Cascade and gardens, Derbyshire.
Last photos near Turner's Memorial off the Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire.












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