Tag Archives: Leeds Photography

The Leeds Eclipse

20th March 2015 at 9:33am was a day long remembered in Leeds for me, as we had a near total Solar Eclipse…another ‘Bucket List’ photography moment. It was an event I’ve had on my radar for a quite some years, ever since I discovered it on the Nasa Eclipse website, where they had a great map showing it’s path across the UK with its totality over the FaroeSE2015Mar20T Islands and the Yorkshire region enjoying a 90% eclipse. I had looked into travelling to the Islands and also the northern tips of Scotland but decided I wanted to witness it in my hometown, which I’m so glad I did as Scotland and the Islands had dense cloud cover. Instead I opted for finding a high vantage point within the city and having done quite a few scouting missions to find the right spot and angle for some nice views across Leeds, I found the Leeds General Infirmary was that ideal spot for me and went about getting permission through lots of emails to use their Roof Garden which I’m greatly thankful for.

On the actual day I’d got in work quite early, allowing me to take a few hours break of my own time to capture the event, but like Scotland, Leeds also had a cover of cloud, but it wasn’t thick enough to stop us getting a great view of the solar eclipse through some lovely breaks in the clouds. As 9:33 approached the skies greyed and a dawn-like chill came into the air as the moon crossed in front of the sun, and just at that moment the clouds thickened with only a few glimpses of the eclipse through breaks in the cloud.

…A day long remembered

Hello sunbeam! Sorry it had to be done, it did look like a vast smile radiating across the heavens of Leeds

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Yellow Nymph

The Tour de France came to Leeds this year (or Tour de Yorkshire as we called it) and as a city, we bathed the town in Yellow, and for me, one the most memorably yellow parts of Leeds was the hand knitted jumpers added to The Nymphs sculptures in City Square by Alfred Drury, a figure prominent in the New Sculpture movement. So it seems quite apt that I add this to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for the word Yellow

Light Night Leeds 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Yet another tough WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge with the word Renewal, one you can quite easily do something fairly cliché, so the challenge of finding a non-formulaic image was a tough one. But…whilst walking around the Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds (which in itself is going through its own Urban Renewal) I came across nature doing its piece of renewal in what has to be some its hardest conditions.Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge Renewal MilnersBlog ©Carl Milner 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Bridgewater PlaceGeometry of Architecture

I’ve gone down the Architectural route with for this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge : Geometry as I feel it’s the one true profession that begins with geometry and since earliest times, architects have relied on these mathematical principles. Even the famous Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius believed that builders should always use precise ratios when constructing temples. “For without symmetry and proportion no temple can have a regular plan,” Vitruvius wrote in his famous Ten Books on Architecture. These proportions Vitruvius recommended were modelled after the human bodies precise ratio of – 1 to PHI (1.618) – which exists in every part of nature, from Jack Russell’s to the Moon. This divine geometric ratio, or divine proportion, has been called the building block of all life.

These sacred principles of geometry are not only confined to great temples and monuments, geometry shapes all buildings, particularly in these geometric forms that grace the skyline of my home town of Leeds. There’s the old Leeds Corn Exchange using draftsman geometric skills of ages-past, to the new Broadcasting House lovingly nicknamed The Rusty Nail which was designed using the latest geometric Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques with Revit software, either way their foundations start with Geometry… I hope you enjoy all my photography of them…I do 🙂