The Taj Mahal. Always looks small in most photographs, but when you have people in there for scale you can see just how massive it is. I took this almost 6 years ago. Hopefully it won’t be another 6 before I visit again.
Walked past the Caird Hall in Dundee today.
The city square is looking great these days.
The place will be buzzing in the summertime.
The Alexander Street multi-storey housing tower blocks were scheduled for demolition on the 31st of July 2011 (today). The four large blocks were built in the 1960s and housed upwards of 400 families at their peak.
Around 600 homes and 50+ businesses in the local area were evacuated before the Maxwelltown, Carnegie, Jamaica and Wellington flats on Alexander Street were brought down by controlled explosions.
The demolitions were part of Dundee’s current regeneration which includes the total redevelopment of the city’s expansive waterfront and the new V&A museum due to open on the Quayside in the coming years.
St. Peter’s Seminary is a disused Roman Catholic seminary near Cardross, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Designed by the firm of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, it has been described by the international architecture conservation organisation DOCOMOMO as a modern “building of world significance”. It is one of only 42 post-war buildings in Scotland to be listed at Category A, the highest level of protection for a building of “special architectural or historic interest”. It has been abandoned since the end of the 1980s, and is currently in a ruinous state. Despite a number of proposals for reuse or renovation of the building, its future remains insecure.
Not usually what I photograph but I love the interior of this building in Dundee. The pipe work is tremendous. I’m just glad that if something went wrong with it that I’m not the one to fix it all.
From a walk in the city of Dundee, Scotland tonight. Scotland and indeed most of the United Kingdom has experienced some of its coldest temperatures since records began.
Scotland suffered its earliest snowfall in 17 years when in some places several feet of snow fell causing serious disruption to transport networks as well as other infrastructure. I took the opportunity to try and get some winter photographs of my home city under the snow.
After an evening spent in the grounds of Glamis Castle I thought I’d grab a quick photograph of the silhouette of the grand building with the starry sky in the background.
I used my Panasonic GF1 with a 20mm F1.8 lens mounted to a tripod to capture this. Quite happy with the way this came out. Impressed by the GF1s noise handling abilities.
Rome was a major world centre of the Renaissance, second only to Florence, and was profoundly affected by the movement. The most impressive masterpiece of Renaissance architecture in Rome is the Piazza del Campidoglio by Michelangelo, along with the Palazzo Senatorio, seat of the city government. During this period, the great aristocratic families of Rome used to build opulent dwellings as the Palazzo del Quirinale (now seat of the President of the Italian Republic), the Palazzo Venezia, the Palazzo Farnese, the Palazzo Barberini, the Palazzo Chigi (now seat of the Italian Prime Minister), the Palazzo Spada, the Palazzo della Cancelleria, and the Villa Farnesina.
Rome is also famous for her huge and majestic squares (often adorned with obelisks), many of which were built in the 17th century. The principal squares are Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Farnese and Piazza della Minerva. One of the most emblematic examples of Baroque art is the Fontana di Trevi by Nicola Salvi. Other notable 17th-century baroque palaces are the Palazzo Madama, now the seat of the Italian Senate and the Palazzo Montecitorio, now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy.