Another one of those quick posts today – I’ve only just finished work and am ready for the weekend and don’t really have it in me to type much this evening. A shower, a change of clothes, and an night of vegging out watching TV all beckon.
So here’s a trio of consecutive images made while walking back towards the city centre during a walk a few weeks ago. This is London Road, a street chock-full of colourful restaurants, takeaways, and businesses. It’s always an interesting place to make a photgraph.
Let’s get around town We’ll be seeing and hearing The sound of the crowd
This Cole’s Corner, a record shop and cafe in Sheffield presumably takes its name from another, more well-known, Cole’s Corner in the city centre. Although not an officially named place, the original was situated at the corner of Fargate and Church Street and was the former location of Cole Brothers department store. Cole’s (as it was often shortened to) moved to new premises in Barkers Pool many years ago – in the late 60s I think – but Cole’s Corner retained it’s name long after to a generation of people who would use it as a well known landmark for meeting their dates before embarking on whatever they got up to around town.
Cole Brothers was acquired by the John Lewis chain (although, as mentioned, never really lost it’s original name for locals) and remained at Barker’s Pool up until spring this year, when the company announced that the branch would be closing it’s doors for good. I didn’t shop all that often in the store – it was always a little on the pricey side for me – but I visited on numerous occasions and am sad that it has gone. I once had one of my photos on display in its cafe.
Boyfriends and girlfriends At the start of their night out Met at Cole’s Corner
Almost the same subject matter as yesterday’s photo, although this one was made a little further up the road from that one. Once more the gorgeous blue skies rendered by this out of date slide film, countered by the warm tones of the buildings.
I went out for a walk this morning to finish off a roll of Colorplus in the Sure Shot Supreme, but also to have a test run with the recently acquired Olympus XA3. The tiny camera is great for dropping into a pocket, and the simple zone-focusing design means it’s easy to concentrate on the composition rather than camera settings. I had a moments panic where I thought the film had jammed part way through the roll, but it quickly resolved itself (the winder started to move smoothly again, plus the rewind crank turned too, so hopefully the film didn’t snap). Still more than half-a-roll left to shoot, but I’m looking forward to seeing the results.
I also developed my first roll of film in what feels like ages today, although it’s probably only three or four weeks since the last one. I think it’s the fact that I usually have rolls to develop most weeks that’s made the gap seem so large.
It’s not often that I see classic American cars while out with my camera – outside of car shows and the like at least – so I had to grab a photo of this Chevy when it pulled up beside me. A moment after taking this shot the traffic lights changed and the car pulled forward but had to stop to wait for oncoming traffic. Grabbing the opportunity to photograph it without other cars in the way I composed a quick shot… only for another car to shoot into the frame and ruin the picture. Grrr.
While the car is still obscured in the first frame, it looks much better than the second.
Classic red Chevy Stood in traffic at the lights Waiting for the green
Sheffield is not a city with a skyline. Being nestled in and atop valleys and hills, most of it’s buildings stand against a backdrop of topology rather than sky. There are noteable buildings that stand out however: Hyde Park and Park Hill flats, The university arts tower, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, The former Hallam Towers hotel and others which are visible from afar both by dint of their size, and sometimes their location.
One building that sits low in one of the valleys also stands out though – the Madina Masjid / Madina Mosque. Completed in 2006 the building has a large green dome and two green-roofed towers which are visible from far around. Today’s photo shows the mosque from a vantage point on Queen’s Road. As Eid is about to be celebrated, I felt it made a fitting subject for today’s post.
Dome and minarets Stand green-topped and prominent A city feature