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Sunday night at .....

This is the first in a short series shot in and around Swindon and my home, using an ultra wide angle lens. They may not be works of art, but they tell you a  bit about my town, bad points....and badder points.

If you weren't around in the UK about 30 years ago, the title probably means little or nothing to you. If you want to know more, just ask.

I hope you like them, and look forward to hearing your honest and open criticism, on the assumption that it is gushingly positive.

Some info about this place here

 

Sunday night at .....

This is the first in a short series shot in and around Swindon and my home, using an ultra wide angle lens. They may not be works of art, but they tell you a  bit about my town, bad points....and badder points.

If you weren't around in the UK about 30 years ago, the title probably means little or nothing to you. If you want to know more, just ask.

I hope you like them, and look forward to hearing your honest and open criticism, on the assumption that it is gushingly positive.

Some info about this place here

 

comments (9)

  • Kay
  • 20 Aug 2007, 01:36
From what I've heard, this place used to be very poplular, right? Not sure if they still are the place to visit. But I like the details. This place/building has a lot of stories to tell.
Chris Macnamara: Too many stories Kay. The other Palladium is a touch more glamorous than this one.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Aug 2007, 03:57
Lots of stories, indeed, Chris. Wow! Those colors are pretty powerful and, with the chipped paint, evocative!
Chris Macnamara: Looking at your blog of today, our shots have a bit of a connection, I think, however tenuous.
....the London Palladium. Oops! Just confirming how old I am. lol! Love the colour in this photograph, and the thoroughly neglected feel. (:o)
Chris Macnamara: Thanks Rosalyn. It's the glamour of this place that attracted me.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 20 Aug 2007, 11:10
Hi Chris. Yes, I remember the program, Brucie et al!! I also remember Swindon quite well, but normally from going past on the M4 with my old man. Love the photo mate, very well done. Many regards, Neil.
Chris Macnamara: Some say it's the bast way to look at Swindon...in your rear view mirror. Nice to see you , to see you, nice!
It certainly has a very forlorn, neglected feel to it which I love. Good strong colours. I shouldn't imagine there are many of these old places left in Swindon - I was born there (many years ago!) but haven't been there for absolutely ages - I gather it has been virtually completely redeveloped. I have very few memories of the place - just my grandparents terraced house with the outside loo and the alleyway at the back - I expect they have either been bulldozed or turned into bijou residences!
Ingrid
Chris Macnamara: You are from Swindon?? You lucky girl! But you got away! You ain't missing much Ingrid. That said, the people are great, and it does have one or two photographic gems, like this place. Swindon is still full of little old terraced hoses, and some are fantastic inside, but don't look too pretty on the outside. If you can find out where it was, I'll go and sneak a picture for you.
Oh I think this is very artistic - the colours are wonderful and the name conjours all kinds of childhood memories of early television. Our local fleapit was The Rialto - and any link with Venice stopped right there! Its a cash and carry warehouse now.
Chris Macnamara: Tomorrows is another cinema, in an even worse condition Blackdog. I'd passed by this place a few times, but could never get a picture of it because of cars parked in front, as I didn't have a wide enough lens. You can see what I mean if you look at the link I included.
This captures a lot of atmosphere. I especially like the '70s color scheme that goes so well with the grunge.

How did you keep the lines from bulging with this much of a wide angle?
Chris Macnamara: With this new lens, as long as you keep it parallel to the subject there isn't too much bulging, but a bit of filter>lens correction was required to get it a bit straighter. I love these colours too. True, very 70s.
This is truly wonderful. The colours work so well and I love that decrepit unloved look. Very good achievement.
Chris Macnamara: Thanks Chad. It's a shot that's growing on me all the time. That door could not have been any other colour.
So much to like here: bold color, strong shapes, and the chipped paint and other signs of neglect.
Chris Macnamara: Thanks, I like this one more every time I look at it.

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