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

“Paris is always a good idea” Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Jadore, Art Nouveaux, Impressionism, elegance and pure style, Paris didn’t let me down it has everything. This city does everything stylishly and effortlessly from street graffiti and rubbish bins to adverts in the Metros displayed in Renaissance fashion frames.

The streets with their charming high buildings and Art Deco features were a pleasure to the eye, and the people were very polite and friendly despite my attempts at speaking French.

The most tourist thing I did was go to the Musee D’orsay on a late night opening. This was a fantastic experience especially standing in front of Van Gogh’s Starry night and really seeing the vibrant colours and brush strokes……..now inspired to try and convey this effect in future projects.

Anyway this is how I saw Paris


Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017


Paris 2017


Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Paris 2017

Au revoir

“I Like to Look Beyond or Sideways….”

I am delighted this month to present the stunning and imaginative photography of Wendy Dobing, who sees the abstract patterns and colours of our every day urban towns and cities. It is this kaleidoscopic vision which drew me to Wendy’s world.

We see the architecture as so much more than just glass and brick. Wendy focuses upon the geometric shapes and repetition of the patterns which they form. She also cleverly frames the subjects from unusual angles which forces us to take more notice of what we are actually seeing.

These patterns and shapes are also emphasised by the way Wendy skilfully uses light and focuses upon colour.

So let’s start our walk down the high street and enjoy…..


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Watching Me Watching You – WendyDobing



Moist – Wendy Dobing

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Blocked Up – Wendy Dobing

In the Artists own words

“I am  freelance graphic designer and amateur photographer. I am motivated by the colour and form of our world, showing this through some of my  abstract, architectural and macro detail photography. I like to look beyond or sideways at everything so that I look before I see. ”


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Technicolour Living – Wendy Dobing

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Don’t Judge A Book –  Wendy Dobing


A big thanks to Wendy for taking the time to share here her spectacular photography and if you are curious to see more please see Wendy’s Flickr page 

All images copyright Wendy Dobing