A City With A View

After almost three years of lockdown misery, we flew over the sea and arrived in Portugal’s beautiful capital, Lisbon. It was a feast to the eye, inspiration to the intellect and a pleasure to the heart. The city is a juxtaposition of the old and new, but both elements compliment each other.

The oldest part of Lisbon is Alfama, which is a labyrinth of narrow, steep, cobbled lanes leading up to the 11th century Sao Jorge Castle. There is the contrast of rustic houses and cafes and shops, with amazing colourful Street Art, and recycled pretty innovations to help reduce the carbon footprint. This was my favourite part of the city, and I would have liked to spend more time mooching around it, but a sprained ankle sadly stopped this. (That’s a cautionary tale about wearing sunglasses inside hotels)

It has been so difficult to decide what photographs to include in this first post of four, but I have mainly featured images taken from Alfarma, and the views from our hotel roof bar which capture the surrounding area of the city.

I hope these shots inspire you to go and take a look at Lisbon for yourself. And please watch out for other posts in the near future looking at Lisbon’s exciting Art Nouveau and Deco Museum, the wonderful collection of Modern Art (From Constructivism to Pop Art) at the Museu Colecao Berardo and a post featuring Lisbon’s street art, as there was so much to see.

Bom Dia

Downhill is the easy bit

Another level

Keep your eyes on the road

A beautiful derelict window from the past

Around the corner another window with the typical tile work of Portugal

Treasures round every corner

Hitting the right now

Didn’t have time to find out what this signifies due to a sunglasses debacle but noticed quite a few of these.
Had to take this from the roof to bar as the graffiti
in the middle of the buildings reminded me of a photograph I took in Manchester
A more spectacular view of lisbon at night also from the roof top bar.love this reminds me of a cubist painting.

“Saude/Cheers” and thanks for taking the time to look at my post.

All photographs are copyright to Dawn Shallcross

PRIMAVERA

Sunshine,blue sky and at an abundant floating bubble of frog spawn.These images were taken with a Hauwei 30 mobile as I wanted to quickly capture these abstract images before the sunshine disappeared,( As you know how rapidly Manchester weather can change.)
I was initially intent on capturing the frog spawn but then became aware of how abstract the shots were due to the reflection and bright colours.I hope you enjoy these photos and are to also enjoy sunshine and hopefully the first signs of Spring.

I have just noticed that blue and yellow are the predominant colours in these images ,so lets hope for peace in the Ukraine.

Primavera 1

Primavera 2

Primavera 3

Primavera4

Primavera 5

Teasels and Pins

After a week of crazy weather it was so good to see blue sky again, and enjoy the different effects of the beautiful sun light. I took these shots of Teasels just before the light was starting to fade, and then later in darkness, with a Sigma macro lens. Teasels are also known as Dipsacus which comes from the Greek word dispa, which apparently “refers to cup-like formation where sessile leaves merge from the stem” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipsacus). It is their changing form which fascinates me, as they go from a beautiful lilac flower, to a wintry, elaborate architectural structure .

Teasels were historically used to comb and tease the nap from the woven materials, such as wool, before being replaced by metal cards. Anyway that’s enough about history lets get get back to the present and my window.

Still Life Teasel 1

Still Life Teasel 2

Still Life Teasel 3

Still Life Teasel 4

Stil Life Teasel 5

Still Life Teasel 6

Looking Forward..

A new year, January has almost gone and there are lots of inspiring things to look forward to. Re-arranged gigs, comedy nights, at last a trip to to Lisbon at Easter, new artist features, and an ongoing project exploring the development of the Stockport’s new hip Underbank area. At the moment this is just an idea but I am keen to get going.

I can’t believe I started this blog in 2014. Within this time I have taken so many photographs including the hidden beauty of nature, places people and events. I am still learning and experimenting with different lenses, and I have used my Hauwei phone a lot more due to convenience.

This post is a collection of some of my favourite photographs I have taken during those years, enjoy.

Back to my Roots

Yes I’ve picked up my camera and have been inspired to once again get back to what I love.Photography is not just a medium for me to explore the hidden and simple beauty in the world, but also a distraction to the lows and worries in our hectic lives.
These rainbow lillies are perfect starting place to getting back behind the lens.They are a mixture of images from my Sigma 105mm Macro lens and Hauwei 30 phone .Enjoy