Watching From Above

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

To bring this week’s theme to a close, I want to share another CCTV camera shot. This camera sits opposite Cathays Library in Cardiff, and it caught my eye because I think you’d have to be Godzilla or King Kong for there to be any risk at all of you being able to interfere with it, so high up does it sit.

It is one of over 200 cameras owned by Cardiff City Council at the time of writing, dating back to 1976, governed by a Code of Conduct. Objective statistics on the usefulness of these cameras are hard to come by, but there is no doubt that officials and the police like them whilst civil liberty groups continue to cast doubt on whether CCTV is effective at all. The only thing for certain is that, at a time where the number of police officers are at an historical peak (and about to be reduced as the UK Government tries to balance its books), sightings of the police patrolling our streets are rarer than ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection of wallpapers. I’ll be back next week with a new theme to share.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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