“Reflection” Derby’s first monthly photo walk.

Whilst we may not be able to bring in the numbers for a photo walk like in the big cities, we certainly don’t lack enthusiasm. It was a small but friendly group, with most of us having never met before. The youngest attendee is only just turning 8 this month, and we all noticed how considerate she was with her photos. Great to see in one so young.

We met at QUAD Derby in the Market Place. After a morning of rain, the sun had come out and was shining bright. The theme for March was “Reflection”.
The first part of the walk led us through the centre of the city, this was followed by a walk to the edge of Darley Park so we could return alongside the River Derwent. This route took us past the Silk Mill Industrial Museum. Although temporarily (we hope) closed, it is open for a part of the Hijacked III photography exhibition in conjunction with the QUAD. It gave us a good stop along the last part of the walk.

Here’s a sample of my photos from the walk.

Derby Photo Walk

A wonderful reflection in the window of an empty shop.

Derby Photo Walk

A well known building in Derby, but with wonderful distortion in the windscreen of the bus.

Derby Photo Walk

These windows are in an art deco building that was once a thriving department store, but is sadly now barely used since the building of a large shopping mall. The reflections show older buildings, and so we have two of the ages of Derby on show.

Derby Photo Walk

One of my fellow photo walkers crouching down with camera. The window with the reflection is another empty shop. The photographer is crouching down outside what had been for a cafe for quite a few years, but is in an area that again has been badly affected by the building of a large shopping mall at the other end of the city. So this is also a sad reflection of how the older part of Derby is being allowed to run down due to modern developments.

Derby Photo Walk

An interesting reflection in the bonnet of a car.

Derby Photo Walk

On the left is a reflection of the Olde Dolphin Inn, Derby's oldest pub from 1532. In the centre is the mural on the wall of the Silk Mill, another pub that was built to replace a much older one demolished for road widening many years ago. The mural represents the lock out at the mill just down the road, and important event in industrial history. To the right is a much more modern building. I like that there are three very different ages on view here.

Derby Photo Walk

Having been raining all morning i had hoped for some good puddles for reflections, but with the sun coming out they dried up. This being one of the very few to be seen, it shows just a snippet of some derelict flats that are due to be pulled down.

Derby Photo Walk

The Bridge Inn and one of Derby's few old bridges reflected in the River Derwent.

Derby Photo Walk

The view under one of Derby's few old bridges, as also seen in the last photo.

An album of my photos from the day can be seen here on Google+, or here on Flickr.

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About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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