Once again I have to apologise profusely for being 24 hours late with the weekly theme. I realised I hadn’t yet posted it at 11.30 last night and figured I’d probably do a better job doing so today rather than in my sleepy state last night! I promise to try and be more punctual again in the coming weeks. So, without further ado, let’s get going…
This week’s theme is History
The inspiration for the concept behind the new theme is a rather sad one - the awful fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Seeing images of the destruction on the news made me seek out the photo I took there back in 2008. It’s a pretty hopeless picture, but provides me with a memory of our visit to this glorious building. Hopefully, in a few years Notre Dame will be restored to its former splendour.
Your challenge this week is to share some of the historic places and moments you’ve photographed either recently or in the past.
As many of you will know, I love photographing historic architecture, and I had a wonderful opportunity at the weekend. My work took me to Ushaw College near Durham, in north eastern England. St. Cutherbert’s Chapel at Ushaw College was designed by none other than Augustus Pugin - perhaps better known for designing the Elizabeth Tower (home to Big Ben) and the Houses of Parliament in London. The Chapel is an amazing building - a complete riot of colour and form. I haven’t had a chance to post my photos from Ushaw College yet, but here’s one to give you an idea of the sheer gaudiness of this historic building.
Sometimes one gets to witness historic events, as much as places. Back in 2011 I was in London on the day the Occupy London Stock Exchange sit in began. The police had prevented the protesters from getting into Paternoster Square, where the Stock Exchange is, so they congregated instead on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was all remarkably peaceful, so I felt confident enough walking through the cordon to photograph this moment. Today I would probably take time to photograph things in more detail, but I was new to street photography then unsure how close I could get to things!
Last year we took a trip to Orkney, where they do history on an altogether larger scale. These small islands are awash with Neolithic history, in the shape of stone circles, burial sites and ancient settlements. This is the village of Skara Brae, which dates back to around 3000BC - that makes some of the Egyptian pyramids look relatively recent!
So it’s over to you now - let’s see what historic places and moments you’ve been witness to!
How to participate:
- Please submit your photo by midnight GMT on Sunday 21st April
- To submit a photo, hit the Reply button below and upload your image(s). Please limit each post to one image.
- Please try to also share your picture on your page over the main Photoblog platform and encourage others to visit the theme thread to participate and vote.
- To vote, click the heart icon.
- If you post your picture early in the week, don’t forget to pop back to see what others have shared and to cast your votes!
Winners of the last theme
@Turtlesnaps is on a bit of a roll with the weekly theme at the moment as her beautiful floral image took first place once again. Congratuations Bethany!