Another early start, this time for a trip to Scotland. Having been planning this trip for sometime, I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day. I had a lovely breakfast at the Westmorland Services (more specifically the hotel at the services) on the M6 motorway just south of Carlisle. We then travelled over to the east coast of the country, along near Hadrian’s Wall but not quite. The photograph above shows the location for my first photo shoot of the day – the famous Angel of the North at Gateshead (just south of Newcastle). The sculpture designed by Antony Gormley and was built from 1994 to 1998. It stands at 20 metres (66 feet) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (178 feet). Interestingly enough, this makes it wider than the Statue of Liberty’s height. After taking the above picture this morning, we then travelled up the coast on the A1 to Edinburgh, stopping a number of times for more photography opportunities.
Back in February 2005 I went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It was part of my graphic design course so I spent the day taking photographs and recording details of the weird and wonderful sculptures that I saw. The one above was probably the biggest in the park at around 25 feet tall (obviously I didn’t measure this and it is just a guess). This work of art from 1970, is made of bronze and simply called “Large Two Forms”. It isn’t my favourite sculpture of Henry Moore’s but probably the most interesting photograph I have from the day.
The past two days have been really sunny, cold but with nice skies and lighting. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get but with my camera but this morning I decided I wanted to get up early and go to Manchester’s Sports City. Looking on the maps I choose to walk there, its probably about two or three miles from where I live but it is into an area of the city I have never explored before. When I woke up however it was very overcast with dark grey clouds. Still, I had made up my mind I was going to go so I did. It rained a little but I didn’t get soaking wet. After seeing the sculpture I wasn’t that impressed, the area beneath it was fenced off and two or three of the spikes had come off and were in a pile on the floor. I will have to go back one early morning when there is a nice blue sky. I like the above photo but I want a shot that gives a sense of scale because this thing is huge, 183 feet (56m) tall, thats taller than both Nelson’s Column and the Angel of the North.
According to most people I chatted with this morning told me the weather would be great. And the weather or at least good lighting is one of the most important factors in photography. The weather and lighting wasn’t good. After a interesting journey on the Ravenglass and Esk railway I found this interesting sculpture whilst exploring the very small village of Ravenglass on the north west coast of England.