Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

Waiting For Its Next Victim

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

Beware the skies above Bath! They are home to a small population of gulls and pigeons, and from time to time, tourists (and the odd hard-working software developer …) have ended up getting covered in crap from them. Thankfully there’s an excellent dry cleaners’ on Westgate Street should it ever happen to you too.

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Caffe Nero

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

Since Graham bought me three bags of coffee beans for Christmas a couple of years ago (a most unexpected but most welcome gift), my morning routine has included picking up a cup of coffee every morning on the way to the station. The coffee shop nearest to Bath Spa Railway Station happens to also be the most photogenic, thanks to the rebuilt Southgate Shopping Centre.

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Horatio

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

First up is Horatio, a regular attendee at our daily department meetings. This is the best team I’ve ever built, and the hardest part of leaving was knowing I would be leaving this team.

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Puzzlewood, in the Forest of Dean, is like no other woodland around. With its knarled trees, twisting pathways and canyons of collapsed caves, it’s a like something out of a fairy tale or many popular television shows.

We were very lucky to catch it on a bright sunny day in late April, the place abuzz with children of all ages scouring the woods looking for Easter bunnies hiding out in the trees and rocks. Sadly, we didn’t see any tree-borgs or any weeping angels, and definitely no Amy Pond or any mad man with a box and fish custard. But we definitely had a great time, and if you’re ever thinking of visiting the Forest of Dean, we do recommend making Puzzlewood one of the places you go to see.

Easter Bunny at Puzzlewood

Open-air Caves At Puzzlewood

Access Denied at Puzzlewood

Tree Bark at Puzzlewood

Steps and Fence at Puzzlewood

Rickerty Fence at Puzzlewood

Easter Squirrel Basking In The Sun at Puzzlewood

Magical Fence at Puzzlewood

All Tangled Up at Puzzlewood

Mossy Rock Face at Puzzlewood

Snapped In Two at Puzzlewood

Bluebells at Puzzlewood

The Puzzlewood

Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

Entrance Arch at Puzzlewood

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Aircraft Windows

This week’s theme features Scotland’s National Museum of Flight once more. It is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

To bring this week’s theme to a close, my wallpaper today is this shot of a set of aircraft windows from one of the planes in Hangar 2. I like the way that the light is reflecting on the windows, giving the appearance that I’ve photographed a toy rather than the real thing. But it also turns out to be a pertinent choice for today, as today is my last day with my current employer, before I take flight for a new town and a new challenge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos from the National Museum of Flight; they’re amongst my favourites from our day at the museum. It’s a wonderful place to visit with a camera – just make sure that you get there early, because there’s far more to see and explore than you can fit in a whole day.

I’ll be back on Monday with a new theme for next week’s wallpaper.

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Mosquito

This week’s theme features Scotland’s National Museum of Flight once more. It is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

At the back of Hangar 2, just by the door that leads out to the Vulcan static display, there’s this striking empty wall. During the Second World War, East Fortune Airfield served a number of roles, including being home to de Havilland Mosquitos of Coastal Command.

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Yellow Hub

This week’s theme features Scotland’s National Museum of Flight once more. It is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

Not far from the red aircraft featured yesterday is this equally eye-catching yellow hub on an old propeller engine. It makes for a striking wallpaper on a computer, especially when folks look at your computer from the opposite side of the room!

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V

This week’s theme features Scotland’s National Museum of Flight once more. It is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

Hangar 2 contains a collection of civilian aircraft, sadly very few of which I know much about. (Any old school friends of mine reading this will doubtless now be wondering exactly when the real me was kidnapped by aliens, such was my passion for aircraft as a child!) But they are very very photogenic, especially the white V on the shiny red bodywork of this aircraft.

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Explosive Bomb

This week’s theme features Scotland’s National Museum of Flight once more. It is home to a wonderful collection of aircraft, both military and civilian. The star attraction of the museum is undoubtably Concorde G-BOAA, but there’s plenty of other aircraft to see and enjoy too, and we certainly didn’t get around all four hangars plus all of the outside exhibits in a single day.

We came across this piece of ordnance in one of the huts between hangars, where there’s a fantastic exhibit explaining the history of the East Fortune airfield itself. This was shot through glass, and I’m really pleased with how well it turned out considering.

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In September 2010, we made our first visit to Edinburgh, and immediately fell in love with the place. It’s a beautiful city … much cleaner than London, and much less scarred by random architecture than Cardiff. We’ll be going back there for a longer visit at some point in the future, but for now, we’d love to share with you some of the photos we managed to take during our day there.

Part of our day was spent photographing the wonderfully gothic Scott Monument, a memorial to the great writer Sir Walter Scott, who died in 1832. The monument rises above the city skyline to a height of 61 metres, making it very tricky to capture in a single shot. At the base of the Scott Monument is this beautiful white Carrara marble statue of Sir Walter Scott and his dog Maida, made by Scottish sculpture Sir John Steell. The sides of the Scott Monument feature statues of characters from his writing. Climb up the 287 stairs (which we didn’t) and you’re greeted with an amazing panoramic view over Scotland’s capital city.

The Scott Monument - Top Half

The Scott Monument - Bottom Half

Sir Walter Scott

Looking Out Over Edinburgh

Statue On The Scott Monument

Gothic Dragon On The Scott Monument

Gothic Griffin On The Scott Monument

Looking Out Over Edinburgh

Statue On The Scott Monument

Statue On The Scott Monument

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