Balls of steel

I can’t remember if I’ve posted a photo of these on the blog before, but this is a new shot taken this past weekend. There are several of these water features around St. Paul’s Place in Sheffield, all different sizes and clustered in groups or individually. They are probably one of the most photographed things in the city, along with the “Cheese Grater” car-park (which can just be spotted encroaching into the top of this image).

There’s a vague ghost of a selfie to be spotted in the reflection. 🙂

FILM - Quite the pair

Yashica Mat 124 G & Ilford FP4+.

Taken on 9 March 2019


Sssst! Hot!

There are a few of these large metal “seats” scattered around Tudor Square in Sheffield. Obviously in the summertime they can get pretty hot. This brings back memories of being a child and getting into a sun-baked car with vinyl seats while wearing shorts. Ouch!

FILM - Hot surface

Yashica Mat 124 G & Ilford FP4+.

Taken on 9 March 2019

Rainy alley

I’ve photographed this alley before, but couldn’t resist another shot in the sunshine-and-showers weather conditions we had here on Saturday. The wet street adds so much to the shot, I think.

FILM - Rainbright

Yashica Mat 124 G & Ilford FP4+.

Taken on 9 March 2019

Cathedral glow

Following on from yesterday’s photo, here’s a shot I took just a few minutes later and in the same location. I liked the way the reflected sun was casting these rays across the paving, so waited for someone to walk into the frame and add a bit of interest.

FILM - Cathedral glow

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 19 February 2019

The shadow circle

It was a lovely sunny winters day when I took this (and a number of other ) photos, and the low light was casting great looking shadows all oer the place. I thought the circular arrangement of paving-stones outside the cathedral would make for an interesting shot, so I staked it out and waited for people to walk through the frame and add interest. I took three shots and think this is the best one.

FILM - Within the circle

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 19 February 2019

Ballroom dancers

Four chaps outside the ballroom entrance at Sheffield City Hall. It always surprises me when I look at a scanned negative and see that I’ve been “caught” taking the photograph. I think I was so engrossed in trying to catch the moment when the two guys embraced, that I didn’t notice the other two fellas watching me take the photograph.

The photo has been cropped – the original has a dark doorway off to the right of the frame, but the image looks better with the crop.

FILM - Ballroom dancers

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 19 February 2019

Colourful buildings

Two photos today, both shot with the Canon AF35M II on expired Superia 100.

The first is a section of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield. The section depicted here has undergone re-development into modern apartments and business facilities and is a far-cry from the state of the place thirty years ago, when the development and area was in a state of decline. The flats were originally built back in the 1960s to replace the tenement buildings that were demolished due to being unfit for habitation and high levels of crime (the area being dubbed “Little Chicago” in the 1930s), and was designed so that every floor except the top would have at least one entrance at ground level – something facilitated by the hilly nature of Sheffield and the location of the buildings. The flats were all accessed by wide walkways that were dubbed “streets in the sky” and were wide enough to accommodate milk-floats. The flats are in the brutalism style that was fashionable at the time but which is often despised these days. Being a strong example of this type of architecture, the development was granted grade II listed building status in the 1990s.

FILM - Park Hill again

The second shot is of the Co-Operative Funeral Care building, also in Sheffield and not a million miles from Park Hill Flats (hence the reason both shots are only a handful of frames apart on the negatives 🙂 ). I’m not sure when this building was constructed, but I would again expect the 1960s. I used to pass it on the bus when visiting my nan’s house and was always drawn to the colourful glass panes beneath the apex of the roof. They catch the sun in the daytime and would be illuminated from within after dark fell.

FILM - Where some go at the end

Canon Sure Shot AF35M II and Fujifilm Superia 100 (expired 2008).

Taken on 9 February 2019