More shots taken in Newcastle this time with Kodak Ultra Max 400.
Next door to the long closed Gaiety Theatre in Nelson Street was the Café Royale, and it’s thespian pillars are fab. Sadly the café closed in 2020 and it’s owner converting it into offices. Or would have done if not for the plague.
A few more from the fujifilm SP roll I had in the Aria, this time in Newcastle. There is nearly always a busker of some kind in town when we go and this time it was a guy singing opera, and doing it beautifully I have to say. The picture is a little bit out of focus, but I like it anyway not least because, well… succulent veggie balls made me laugh. 🤦♀️
and just as a little treat here’s a short video of him singng
I love the Moss Bros. shop in Northumberland Street. Originally a 19th century home, it was later converted into a high end cobblers, and then Moss Bros took it on. Its façade is ornately decorated with plaster (a decoration known as pargetting), which was added in 1953 to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It sits between modern higher buildings, and has a lot of character I think.
Outside one of the entrances to Grainger Market there is a rather large red boot, I assume it’s an advertising thing for one of the shoe stalls.
I think this one speaks for itself
We have a cycle for hire scheme in Newcastle, like Boris Bikes in London, though I haven’t been tempted as yet, orange is not my colour.
Although I shot on colour film, I converted two of the shots to black and white as it suited them better. First Grey Street
It was was built by Richard Grainger in the 1830s with the aid of several architects, including John Dobson. The whole of the western side of the street was designed by two architects from Grainger’s office, John Wardle and George Walker. It contains the Theatre Royal designed by John and Benjamin Green and the Central Arcade and is renowned for its Georgian architecture.
In 2010, BBC Radio 4 listeners named it Britain’s Best Street, describing it as “a street on a human scale with a grand vision”.
Newcastle Castle seen from Central Station
The first covered train station in the world and made mention of by Simon Jenkins, in his book Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, the Romano-Italian design Newcastle railway station is a Grade I Listed building – a building of outstanding national architectural or historic interest. On August 29, 1850, the station was inaugurated by Queen Victoria.
That’s it for this time. Next time I’ll be posting some from a roll of Kodak Ultramax.
I’ve got a couple of rolls developed now, so a few Fridays taken care of! Haven’t been out shooting though as the weather has been abysmal here. A couple of weeks ago I took the Rollei SL35 out to Newcastle and discovered that although the film seemed to be winding on, the counter wasn’t moving so I wasn’t sure what was happening. Well I got 36 frames back and a couple of them are unusable, and a few have wierd goings on on them, but the rest are OK. The film I used was a Russian film called Silberra 400, and it has a nice old world feel to it.
I have no idea how that last shot got like that, the wierd white lights in the sky on the left and all the dusty bits. I think I might have travelled back in time when I pressed the shutter. 🙂
I now have 2 rolls of kodak portra 400 developed. One was in my Minolta Riva Mini, and the other in my Olympus XA. The roll in the XA had been in it for over a year whilst I was busy with my 2019 385, though now and again I took it with me on outings with Sophie, so we’ll start with the shots I took with it before I decided to do a film year.
Firstly Newcastle, Christmas 2018!
Pret A Manger with Grainger Street right, and Grey Street left.
I am not sure how it happens but some of the shots from the XA have come out with a red round haze in the middle of them, so I converted this one to B&W to get rid of it.
I also took it with me to Dunstan Staiths, which was a Fraggle Report on the Universe blog HERE if you want to know its history.
A couple of miscellaneous shots to finish..
I still haven’t been out with Sophie this year as the weather has been crap most weekends, and she’s been visiting her chap in Spain on the weekends it was dry! Hopefully we can get started soon and I’ll get the Rollei on the go for some better quality shots.
The Minolta Riva Mini has fast become my go-to film camera, especially when I’m out with the Fuji as my main tool of the day. The little Riva fits in my pocket, has no settings to apply, just point and shoot and hope for the best. Loading and winding the film is automatic, so on the whole a lazy-girl camera! Here are a few I took on a visit to Newcastle on a sunny day back in September.
and a few of the Millenium bridge and rooftops as we walked back across the bridge