HISTORY OF THE PHOTO
I have visited Durham three times already and although I had a good luck for sunny (although extremely cold and windy) weather I struggled to take a nice photo of this square. Most of all I was there usually on the weekend when crowd passing this square is so thick that it is hard to stop and take a picture. This time it was on a working day. I took several photos with the hope either to avoid too many people or at least capture them in some nice poses. This was the only photo which had in my opinion an interesting combination of clouds and blue sky. The strange format of the frame is a result of compromise of me wanting as much sky as possible with a bit strange cut on both sides where I wanted to avoid some scaffolding.
WHAT YOU SEE
The most popular structure in Durham is the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral. I presented two photos of that cathedral on TE already (click here to see them). This time I wanted to show something else to point out that this lovely town has more to offer than the spectacular cathedral. What you see here is the Marketplace with St Nicholas’ Church in the back and the Statue of Lord Londonderry on the horse in the centre.
St Nicholas' Church, commonly known as St Nic's, is a Church of England place of worship located on Durham marketplace. The current building dates to 1858, and was designed by Darlington architect J. Pritchett. The building was described by the Illustrated London News at the time as "the most beautiful specimen of church architecture in the north of England", but is not now regarded as of particular architectural interest. It is a Grade II listed building. This building replaced one dating from the early 12th century.
Statue of Lord Londonderry dates from 1861 but surprisingly it was moved in 2010 along the square. I did not get the reason but it caused some protests as it was obviously not cheap to move it. If you look at older photos of the statue (click here to see an old photo) you can spot that the monument was not only at other position but it was also facing other direction. If someone has photos of this square which are older than 2 years, they have now become very unique historical pictures. Google Maps I believe has a satellite photo from before the move.
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fds (7498) 2013-05-23 9:54
dear friend another very beautiful postcard from a england city for my very interested document
i licke very much this with fantastic colors and great scharpnees
jhm (136580) 2013-05-23 10:03
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Also you picture is perfect made, all ingredients are presently for a great picture.
Wonderful combination between the statue and church in background.
Very well done, TFS.
danos (84275) 2013-05-23 10:52
brilliant the light of the scene with the two landmarks,the statue of Lord Londonderry and the impressive bell tower of St. Nicholas' church to dominating the city of Durham.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the image as the beauty of the place.
Noel_Byrne (22062) 2013-05-23 11:21
This is a wonderful statue, and a huge part for me is as your title suggests, the movement in the statue. Normally when I see these monuments, the horse and rider are still, be it all legs on ground, or one raised, so its really nice to see this movement, and you captured that really well. The church in the background is very impressive too, a beautiful delicate spire!
Blue sky helps so much!
Thanks also for the excellent note.
All the best
PS. Re your comment on considering a theme of Dublin Church's, that is something I had been toying with as well, as the church's make up such an important part of Dublin's architecture, but like you say, some of them can be difficult to capture in a good way. Just last week I was at Corpus Christi parish church on Griffith avenue, and despite it being a very impressive place with a beautiful dome, I simply could not get a good exterior shot because of all the trees around it! Nice idea for a theme though. Cheers!
holmertz (38523) 2013-05-23 12:20
I think this is just about as good as a postcard of your kind can get. This is the kind of picture you do better than most. Perfect colours and sharpness, interesting buildings and this time also a statue, and just enough people to enliven the view but not crowding it.
mesutilgim (81300) 2013-05-23 12:36
Very nice capture, perfect composed.
Many interesting details and perfect TE entry with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice evening
tyro (19228) 2013-05-23 13:04
A fascinating note you have given us as well as an excellent link too - lots of interesting facts on those pages too. In fact, I've been having a look at the "Francis Frith" website and I see two pictures - both a bit small - and they do show the statue pointing the other way - here and here! I think I told you about the Francis Frith website defore didn't I - or did I tell someone else?
Anyway, you should make no apology for having to avoid unsightly scaffolding - your picture is, in my opinion, extremely well composed and you have made the very most of that delightful sky. The people in the market place are well placed too and not at all distracting.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
A perfect upload for TE!
bukitgolfb301 (34916) 2013-05-23 16:46
Hi Bonsior dear Mariusz
Intersting note and finest image as usual.
Perfect postcard indeed of so clear and sharp presenatation. The best image for typical early Summer in Europe.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have agood day!
JFS (32459) 2013-05-23 23:08
Very good composition of this old and nice square. I like the quiet atmosphere, it's the first time i see Durham, thanks!
emka (74963) 2013-05-23 23:52
cześć, Byłam na tym placu i pamiętam pom nik, ale nie pamiętam jak byl ustawiony. Mam tylko ze dwa marne zdjecia, wydaje mi sie ze tam byly prowzdzone jakieś prace. jak zwykle, fantastyczna ostrość, kiolorki i świetnie skomponowane zdjecie. Ludzie ozywiają, mniej podobaja mi sie samochody.
Wszystkiego najlepszego dla Nadii w dniu jej urodzin. Jak ten czas leci!
lousat (73837) 2013-05-24 0:43
Hi Marius, a great postcard very full of things,people and architechtures,perfect capture in the best moment whit the best light and great details everywhere,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
MJR (3360) 2013-05-24 1:32
A near universal aspect of your posts is the glorious weather you seem to find wherever you go ! Contrasted to my experiences in the same places, you would think they were a different planet !
Nicely proportioned, as ever, with a frame full of interest, with note to match.
Apart from recognising the view, (obviously ! ) the splash of red you neatly contrived to have in frame caught my eye; my past company used to make these vehicles, a distinctive outline that never fails to catch my eye, 16yrs later !
timecapturer (46401) 2013-05-24 6:13
lovely shot of one of England's most iconic and beautiful cities. Perfect clarity, composition and capture of the atmosphere and character of the place and its wonderful architectural heritage. Glorious!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Fis2 (83120) 2013-05-24 6:19
Ciekawy plac i pomnik.
Wieza kosciola dopelnia reszte.
Przyjemna pocztowka z tego miasta.
ikeharel (54045) 2013-05-24 7:22
Besides the church's-tower andf the rider statue, mariusz, I see a strange vhicle with red barrel on, maybe started giving fee bear on town?...
Nice view on the square, vivid with the many tourists mostly standing or sitting in the sun. As always managed well with light and clarity.
Have a nice weekend,
Urs (14082) 2013-05-24 7:25
An excellent POV of a well restored town centre, where people walk around and enjoy themselves. Good light management too.
Graal (95972) 2013-05-24 7:25
intryguje ta statua a raczej pomnik lorda umiejscowiona w centrum placu. Jak widac, fajne miejsce spotkan lub odpoczynku dla zmeczonych turystow. Strzelista dzwonnica z zegarem przyciaga takze uwage. Ladna stara architektura kosciola. Dobre zdjecie z interesujacym komentarzem w notce.
Milego lykendu zycze.
dta (64142) 2013-05-24 7:38
Hello MAriusz ,
Now , Lord Londonderry is looking towards the church ... but what is the reason ? ;) You've composed here perfectly the picture in this almost square format . People (and even cars) add life and colors to the austere (but beautiful nevertheless) architecture .
Romano46 (16584) 2013-05-24 11:07
la composizione č perfetta e mette bene in risalto sia il monumento equestre che il campanile che si trova dietro di esso.
Colori, saturazione e contrasto sono perfetti.
Unico neo - ma non dipende da te - la presenza dei due automezzi che sostano nella piazza che dusturbano con la loro presenza la bellezza del luogo.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Sonata11 (33201) 2013-05-24 20:45
wspanialy plac pieknie pokazany. Sliczny pomnik oraz architektura ktora go otacza. Ludzie ozywiaja to wspaniale miejsce. Bardzo mi sie podoba kompozycja. Slicznie wykonane i bezblednie zdjecie.
wolf38 (31014) 2013-05-25 9:21
Hello Mariusz. See and be seen. The central squares of a city are always interesting. Here are the representative buildings, monuments and people. Your photo is a good example. Well done.
nikkitta (13871) 2013-05-25 12:39
Your postcards and always taken with interesting POV and perfect sharpness to let us enjoy architectural details
What I really like are your
History of the photo
Well write, well done
Add a note to your answer at Takero
fabbs99 (16147) 2013-05-26 7:26
Nice scene from Durham.I would have liked the horse to be facing us along with its rider,but then the Sun did not allow you to do that.Great POV, colors and light. a very good work!
abmdsudi (41134) 2013-05-26 9:05
Great notes as always, a brilliant shot making use of the church and the 'moving' statue as strong visual elements and these encapsulate and enhance their prominence within this shot blessed by great light. There's a nice blend of colors too, well exposed and tremendous crisp details all around, indeed a well thoughout out compositon r despite the difficulty you encountered. A clean shot with good touches of human interactions and contrast to rich blue sky. A wonderful historic site worth recorded flawlessly done and thks to the links. Congrats, TFS
josepmarin (57617) 2013-05-28 2:59
the combination of the equestrian statue and the belfry of the church, it create a rich and powerful image, well lit and with a nice colors.
A very vital scene of the daily life, caught skillfully by means of an efficient framing.
I like the good light and the beautiful colors of the photo.
jemaflor (82098) 2013-05-28 12:22
Well taken and composed with church and statue, Pleasant brightness, tfs.
adores (35026) 2013-05-30 11:51
It's not always easy to take photos in such places with many paople around, but you got a good one here. I like the people giving life to the place and the statue facing the church. A nice square and a beautiful sky.
siolaw (38074) 2013-06-03 23:56
A clean and sunny street shot with perfect light and colours and a well selected POV to associate the equestrian statue and the church.
adramad (36223) 2013-06-04 7:56
A very interesting note which introduces us to the vision and understanding of the many beautiful images that presents the picture, very nice buildings and very original statue of the knight to stop going and standing in the horse, is the first time I see an model as well.
Splendid day which gives a nice range of colors and encourages people to sit in the sun.
Ideal this beautiful range of colors.
Perfect the management of a remarkable brightness and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (14831) 2013-06-09 1:46
Excellent composition of this old and nice square.
I like the quiet atmosphere and vertical fotmat.
Photos rich of colors and details.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (29724)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-23 9:47