The Strand Arcade, Sydney

The Strand Arcade, Sydney

Built in 1890 this Victorian style retail arcade is in the heart of central Sydney. It’s quieter and more picturesque than the nearby Queen Victoria Building. One thing that stands out to me the most is the shop signage. No big red SALE signs. No huge shop brand logos. Simple small signs above each shop front. Helped by the ornate cast iron and carved balustrades, and timber framed shopfronts. It did take some time to compose this photograph to be as symmetrical as possible.

Gardeners potting room

Gardeners potting room

Walking around Calke Abbey gardeners was fantastic. Bright flower beds and well designed vegetable gardens. I took many photographs but this was one many others missed. In the middle of the garden is a large brick house. I assume this would have been the head gardeners home. Walking up to a dark doorway it felt like I was stepping back in time. I looked through to find the head gardeners office. Scenes like this with the old, rusting tools hanging up are great record photographs. The crumbling plaster and paint on the wall behind add to the feeling of stepping back in time 100 years.

Inside Shakespeare and Company bookshop

Inside Shakespeare and Company bookshop

Shakespeare and Company is an independent English language bookshop in central Paris. It’s across the river from the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Left Bank. This bookstore opened in 1919 by an American Sylvia Beach. It has become a tourist attraction in it’s own right. The inside is compact but much bigger than I expected. Photography isn’t allowed inside without permission. There are many people reading and writing like the lady picture here. She is on her phone and I didn’t use flash or make any noise to capture this interior scene.

British Museum – Great Court

British Museum - Great Court

An iconic view from the second floor of the southern wing of the British Museum. It’s home to one of the largest collections of works of human history, art and culture. This central quadrangle has become Queen Elizabeth II Great Court and was opened in 2000. The incredible looking glass and steel roof has kept the museum high on my list of locations in London.

Since first seeing this interior online, I’ve wanted to photograph it. On a recent trip to London I didn’t bring a DSLR camera and my very wide angle lens. Just my travel compact camera. Its lens wasn’t wide enough to fully capture this view. I took dozens of different photos to stitch them into a panoramic photograph later. This is the best pano I was able to record. Surprisingly it came from my iPhone 6 using it’s built in pano mode.