Symbols, signs and statues always interest me when I am out with my camera. Whilst in Southport I found a collection of similar looking statues on the top of large (lamppost sized) poles. I took photographs of each of the half dozen I seem to remember there being. This was the first one I saw. I’m not sure what they are for or who the artist is but I can tell this is meant to be a cyclist. Although, the statue itself was quite small you can make out a great deal of details in the figure. If you can spot the bird perched on the back of the bikes frame, you will be able to get an idea of scale.
I want to start moving from pure record or stock photography to more artistic images. As many readers might know I also like mixing the old and new within photos. The above picture of the South Bank Lion was not Photoshopped (it was simply cropped and converted to black and white). The Coade Stone statue was designed by W.F. Woodington, and is 13 feet long and 12 feet high, and weighs over 13 tons. From the correct angle you can get the above composition, where the lion appears to be looking up at the London Eye. The Eye is actually a few hundred yards behind the lion along the south bank of the Thames River. The original image is in a portrait aspect ratio with the full bottom half of the lion and a little more of the wheel but I cropped it for the website.
Travelling back to the Airport in Almeria, Spain last week I saw this statue in the middle of a roundabout. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a couple of photos. Not bad, for the fact it was taken through a moving coach window. The Indalo is a prehistoric “magical” symbol that was originally found in the cave of “Los Letreros” in Velez Blanco, Spain. It has been customary to paint this symbol on the front of houses and businesses to protect them from evil and is considered to be a god totem. It is meant to be good luck to be given this symbol as a gift but bad luck if you buy one for yourself. They have hundreds of these symbols around the area of Spain I visited ranging, from stickers on backs of cars to little statues to key rings.
This photograph shows my second best image of the Angel of the North. I feel the better photo has a nicer looking sky. This picture shows the full wing span of the angel and gives a great sense of scale by including a man, standing by the statues feet. When I was up at Gateshead, nearly two weeks ago now, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of angles and places to photograph the angel from, I knew it was big, but didn’t know much else. If you are going to see the Angel of the North it is well worth it. Just follow signs from the Gateshead junction of the A1 motorway. It’s less than five or ten minutes out of your journey and there are dozens of places to stand and ways to take the statues photograph.