Monochrome Madness: City

Monochrome Madness, a weekly gallery of black and white images hosted by Australian photographer Leanne Cole. This months theme is City.

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Completed in 1867, the Wool Exchange (the building on the right) is one of Bradford’s many architectural beauties. Used up until the 1960s for trading wool it symbolised the importance and wealth that wool brought to the city. Now repurposed as a Waterstones bookshop, it still retains many of the original details, the addition of the glass wall reflecting the opposite buildings perfectly. The sandstone brickwork of the buildings in the early(ish) morning sun creates a beautiful yellowy glow, so I have included the colour version too.

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For more black and white images or if you want to know how to join in, visit the Monochrome Madness gallery.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Reflections and Shadows


For Cee’s black and white photo challenge, the reflection of a coffee house next to a boating lake in a local park.

This is the black and white version of a photo I entered into a local competition, “Bradford Pride of Place” organised by the same people whose exhibition I wrote about in a previous post. They took over a smaller gallery space in Bradford and over the space of a month it was filled with memories and images shared by people living in the area. The finalists of the competition had their pictures displayed in the gallery and the winners were announced on the opening night. Neither of my pictures won anything, but it was a big thrill to have them chosen in the final few and for them to be displayed in the gallery.

Here are my competition entries and them on the gallery wall. (It looks a bit empty as it had only just opened!)

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extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain: an exhibition

Forever trying to expand my visual horizons, I went to the opening of the extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain exhibition at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford. It is a series of photos taken over 15 years showing the “extraordinary in the everyday”. Pictures are from several locations around Britain and serve as a great record of social change since the millennium. We can smile at some of the images, a floating caravan with a row boat attached, a picture of a sign telling us that “shoplifters will be prostitued” and cringe at the pictures of men sunning themselves in their speedos outside the ladies loos. These photos are able to bring out a wry smile or a tragic glance with their clever takes on urban life.

The exhibition is only one part of the tour, they are also touring the Bradford area in their yellow caravan showing their gallery and encouraging locals to contribute thoughts and memories spoken, visual or written to their caravan gallery.

After Bradford, the tour continues to Cardiff, Preston, Middlesborough and Southampton and is well worth a visit if you are near these places. And if you’re not, check out their website,

I’ll leave you with a gallery of pictures I took from the opening.


After Before Friday: Week 42

The After Before Friday Forum is hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing, it features a weekly behind the scenes look at various editing processes. Featuring a gathering of photographers all keen to learn from each other, each week we post an image before and after  editing. If you want to find out more, or just visit and look at the images, click on this link.

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I took this picture a couple of weeks back when one of our local parks had an amazingly beautiful carpet of crocuses, it is quite a spectacle.

The image to me is too cluttered, with no obvious point of focus, my aim was to darken the image and make the group of crocuses in focus more obvious.

In Lightroom, I used a large post crop vignette to darken the outer edges of the picture and then using the radial filter I chose an area around the crocuses on the right and with the mask inverted I reduced the exposure further to draw the eye more to that area and to create or accentuate the area of interest.

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A cropped version of this image is in the header on my blog.

Here are some more photos from that day.

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