Category Archives: Travel Photography
Madrid – a big city, a very big modern and vibrant city. I went there last week on a short break, not knowing what to expect. I was hoping for great tapas and good weather and that’s exactly what I got. I arrived in the rain after a twelve hour journey and the next time I saw rain was on the morning I left. In between it was blue skies but cold. Perfect weather for exploring the city. Explore! I walked miles each day in a city that is easy to navigate both on foot and via the excellent Metro.
As I didn’t have much of an idea of the city before arriving I had no idea of the type of photographs I might take. As you can see below I veered towards a documentary, street style of photography that is not my usual style at all.
Enough of the words and on with the photographs and if you have any comments I would be delighted to hear them. Just add them to the comments box at the end of this section. If you want to see more of my photography I am also featured on https://macromo.de/FrancisPeacocke
A few years ago I was fortunate to go to New York to shoot a television commercial. Recently I started to scan some of the negatives (yes it was that long ago) to file as digital versions. I have to say I loved the city – the people, the noise, the bustle and the sights.
Below are just a few scans for a flavour of what I saw and experienced.
For those interested the scans were done from 35mm film with a Nikon Coolscan 4 and then loaded into Photoshop CS5.
Must say I found the cops really friendly and when asked to pose boy could they!
And a bit of transport diversity
Inevitably there were lots of people and queues.
And from the top of the building all of New York is there.
From St Dizant du Gua in the Auvergne region of France to my garage is quite a journey. It was while I was tidying up my garage (an on-going process) that I came across this mixed case of Pineau. It has been lying hidden in my garage for so may years I had forgotten it’s existence.
Many years ago while driving through France on holiday we came across the utterly charming little Chateau de Beaulon. The main attraction for me were the grounds and the Blue Fountains but we were met by the owner and invited to sample the produce – well what can you say. Obviously I was impressed since I came away with a case including tasting notes.
Now after lying so long in the ever changing temperatures of a garage including two of the coldest ever winters and situated close to the central heating boiler I imagined an investment gone wrong. Nope – the wine is as good as the day I bought it.
If you are ever in this region I heartily recommend a stop. If you want to know more follow this link. http://www.chateau-de-beaulon.com/site/une_tradition/index.php?l=en
Recently I took a short break to Barcelona. Incredibly I have never been in Spain before on holiday so I really didn’t know what to expect apart from the obvious Gaudi influence. What a revelation. An incredible city. Great people, great food (if a little different at times), fantastic sights and a very easy city to walk around. The only down side was there was no sun for most of our trip. In fact on the bus on the way to the city from the airport the very large puddles made us exchange worried glances. It turned out not cold but just slightly overcast most days. Now being a tourist (even though I like to think I am a traveller) I went out on the first morning wearing shorts – yes you guessed it I was the only person in Barcelona wearing shorts! Boy did I get some looks and not only from my wife and none of them were admiring.
The general routine was relaxing – up early get out walk all day, back to the hotel, change, walk and find good food, hotel and do it all again the next day. Below is a small selection of photographs from the loads I took. I suppose they sum up my experience of the city. If you’ve been there you may have a different impression. If so I’d love to hear. Anyway all comments would be appreciated. Now on with the photographs in no particular order.
I have to confess I have a thing for doors and windows in my photography. Slightly strange I know and my family really don’t understand the folders on my systems with strange names like Doors, Windows, Arches. Even better most of my fascination is fuelled by French doors and windows. There is a reason – honestly. Travelling in France as I have done over lots of years you come across a massive variety from ancient to decrepit to ultra modern. I freely admit that not everyone on the same journey as me will notice these objects and probably even fewer will really take the time to photograph them and eventually catalogue them.
Below is a small selection of the many, many images I have from my obsession. I have the feeling there will be more of this on this blog in the future. If you feel the desire to leave a comment scroll down the page after the images and there is a comment box. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Not sure if I’d want to work here. Not sure if it is open.
There must be something about cats and windows.
Now for something new. I loved the reflection of the old building in the ultra modern new one.