The town of Cirencester, on the edge of the Cotswolds in southeast England, was once the second largest town in Britain. Originally known in Roman times as Corinium Dobunnorum, Cirencester eventually became a medieval market town, and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of William (the Conqueror) of Normandy.
This photo was taken in the very centre of the town, beside the angular, brilliantly clean 15th century south porch wall of the Church of St John the Baptist. As luck would have it, a neat looking senior citizen in mauve coloured trousers, lurched decisively across my field of view as I waved my camera around looking for a shot on this rare sunny day in May.
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ChrisJ (99180) 2013-10-02 6:27
Howdy TE neighbour today!
Wishing I had of had more time to explore the UK, but had to content myself with London and Brighton. This shot makes me want to go back and explore the UK in greater detail and depth. The pale reddish cream columns at right contrast well against the blue sky and the people animate this streetscape and provide scale. The old man going his own way distinct from the crowd is worth a shot on its own alone. Tfs!
Royaldevon (30145) 2013-10-02 7:31
You were unlucky not to have had weather like this all the time, for we have had the best year (weatherwise) for a very long time.
I love to see 'foreigner's' photographs of our country, for you see things that we might not notice, that we might assume are commonplace and, yet, here is a delightful shot. The buildings help to frame the seen, creating attention but still helping to confine the main focus on this delightful old gentleman; he certainly steals the show.
The light is lovely, with long shadows and you have given us a really detailed view of this part of Cirencester.
You are right, the city does look amazingly clean.
Have a great day,
SnapRJW (31427) 2013-10-02 8:38
Hello Andrew - The beautiful Cotswold town of Cirencester taken on a perfect day. This shot makes me smile for a couple of reasons. The town was known, in Medieval times, for its wool; merchants came from near and far to buy wool and woolen cloth here the proceeds of which helped to pay for the church. Today we see the local wool has been ousted in favour of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, a shop one sees in all English 'tourist' towns. I love the atmosphere of this shot with its typically slow-paced market town feel and of course the wonderful Cotswold stone buildings. The striding gentleman completes a scene packed with personal nostalgia. TFS and warm regards Rosemary
aleXundar (1256) 2013-10-02 9:29
An excellent street scene of an historical place.
The elderly gentleman has been the heart of the image as none other is facing the camera... and what a superb posture you have captured!
I like the ambience and the colours in this sunny morning.
Great clarity and a nice presentation.
With warm regards,
besnard (53754) 2013-10-02 9:56
Une belle image de rue intéressante, claire et lumineuse parfaitement cadrée.
Bravo et bonne fin de journée.
williewhistler (14607) 2013-10-02 11:31
Hello Andrew, "Once the second largest town in Britain", well,that`s something that I never knew,now a history lesson as well as a very nicely composed street scene.
The gent with the stick does add a certain charm to the shot,the details are beautifully portrayed and the colours a delight.
dta (67162) 2013-10-02 12:11
Hello andrew ,
This is a very well composed picture in this square format . Many strong elements at the right place (pilars on the right , lamp post on the left , the beautiful house ...) The presence of the people adds a lot of life to the scene . I like how you've managed the harsh light , too .
subhendu_bagchi (25814) 2013-10-02 18:29
namaste, an interesting street scene here. The man crossing the road in foreground and some are going through the footpath. Nice buildings at back. Excellent composition with great depth and sharpness. Superb work. Tfs.
InasiaJones (31498) 2013-10-02 18:57
Street photography isn't the same between smaller towns and bigger cities, whether by the way people are dressed, by the perception of the actors moving at a different pace and without a doubt, by the action that is taking place.
So it seems that your photo is resuming this impression of mine, all concentrated in a single image. Maybe I should add that every corners of this area seem impeccably clean, but then again, the Cotswolds are such an idealistic and picture perfect place, it sometimes look like coming from a fairy tale.
I can see that you took great care in your choice of framing by the way you have included the lampposts on one side, and the succession of colonnades on the other. I think your photo offers a nice presentation of this beautiful region.
emka (79807) 2013-10-02 23:09
Cotswolds was the place I hoped to see but it was too difficult for me. Edinburgh Woollen Mill in England. Pleasant scene in this small English town. The colour of the elederly man's trusers is funny indeed. Lucky you with the weather, so much sun although it seems still cold.
We have already freezing temperatures in the morning.
fabbs99 (16467) 2013-10-02 23:46
Lovely shot Andrew,
Excellent lighting and sharpness.Superb photograph.TFS.
mjw364 (7512) 2013-10-03 6:02
Nice observation of the old chap taking a step and a well framed shot overall. Now I don't think I have been to Cirencester - if I have I will have driven through it on my way to somewhere probably. Might stop next time - it looks nice.
holmertz (41707) 2013-10-03 11:09
Before I comment on this picture I have to mention a funny coincidence: Seeing the new photo of yourself I thought "doesn't he look a bit like Eric Clapton?". And then I find this picture called Stepping Out, which was the title of an instrumental tune Clapton used to play in the 1960's.
Isn't that strange? :-)
Will this elderly gentleman ever find out how much he contributed to a photo on Trekearth by crossing your path at the right moment? It's a neatly composed picture in any case of a very pleasant looking street, but that man injects something into it that lifts it above the average street photo. Looking more closely I believe that mauve is the colour of the year in Cirencester. It's not only in his trousers, but (including varieties) also in a number of coats, signs and even walls and roofs.
divail (8330) 2013-10-03 18:36
Tu nous présentes une belle scène de rue, pleine de vie. Ce monsieur âgé qui semble marcher d'un bon pas est particulièrement intéressant. Belles couleurs vives, et le lampadaire à gauche occupe parfaitement bien l'espace.
jhm (139972) 2013-10-04 3:00
The man with mauve trousers is the real eye catcher on these nice picture.
I am self sick with same movement as these man, when I makes stroll along the road with a walking stick, through Ischia's.
Also the building in background is pleasant to look at.
Colours and sharpness make these picture attractive.
Excellent composition, splendid captured.
Very well done, TFS.
saxo042 (37578) 2013-10-07 7:38
A fine street scene with a lot of people that seem to be totally unaware of the fact that they are exposed on TE. But there is nothing here for them to be ashamed of... I guess they are happy to live in this beautiful old town!
ricardomattos (4592) 2013-10-07 18:22
It is good to see a piece of England in a sunny day. Nice street view with this senior citizen preparing to cross the road. I like the POV too showing the beautiful architecture around.
marabu61 (8583) 2013-10-12 6:10
It is really the old man that makes the charm of this scene. Its great that he is still able to go out for a walk like this. I like your framing with the pillars to the right to hold the composition together.
have a great weekend
daddo (24404) 2013-10-12 19:04
Hi Andrew. A prophetic image of what awaits us if we live that long. As usual, the light is subtle as it peeks into different places, making light work of dark areas and revealing details otherwise hidden The bright tops, jackets and jumpers brighten up the palette. Regards. Klaudio.
Silvio1953 (123477) 2013-10-26 10:15
Ciao Andrew, great view of lovely place, nice composition with interesting people, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (18623)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko MSC ED 14-150mm, Hoya Circular Polarizer 58mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-02 6:02