This post is all about the people and the streets of Preston. All the photographs here were taken in the space of a week around the city centre. The City is under additional ‘lock-down’ measures at the moment which prevents people visiting other households and meeting in pubs, restaurants etc. You wouldn’t necessarily expect to see this evidenced in the City Centre but I did think more people might have chosen to wear masks around town too. In Paris mask wearing in the city is mandatory now and after all ‘Preston is my Paris’ as one TV advert once proclaimed.
I took a walk through Preston city centre yesterday on the first day that ‘non-essential’ shops were allowed to open. Judging by the queues and the increased number of people about, it would appear that what is labelled as non-essential to one person is another person’s must have.
No doubt the businesses are mightily relieved to be open again but I can’t see how the relaxation of lockdown restrictions can have anything other than a negative impact on containing the virus. I wore a face-mask while walking through town but I would estimate that less than 10 percent of people were bothering to cover their faces. I guess time will tell if the laissez-faire approach to virus control in the UK will result in another infections spike.
A few photos…
It wasn’t a planned visit to Cuerden Park. We had been out and about visiting local DIY stores, searching for something or other, which was pretty mundane. We did however remember that there was a cafe at Cuerden Park which was only five minutes away and so we set off, more in hope of finding a coffee and a place to relax for a while than taking any pictures.
As it happens, we didn’t get the coffee. We hadn’t counted on the cafe being like the place in Lancashire for dog owners. Every table was taken. It would appear that this is the place to go if you are a ‘professional’ dog-walker, because everyone seemed to have at least three dogs lashed around the seats and table legs.
So, no space for us in the cafe but we did still enjoy a walk around the country park, albeit as the only ones without dogs in tow!
Here are a few pictures…
Preston is lucky enough to have some fabulous public parks and at this time of year they are spectacular. The Autumn colours have been good this year and it’s hard to resist the lure of a walk with the camera.
Here are a few photographs taken in Avenham/Miller Park, Moor Park and Haslam Park.
All photographs captured on either the Fuji X-T1 or X-T3.
It wasn’t what you would call a great day for photography, grey and overcast in the main but I fancied a walk with the camera.
Preston has a lot happening right now in terms of development and it’s always nice to capture these types of changes for posterity. The brutalist architectural gem that is Preston Bus Station is 50 years old and it is nearing the end of a refurbishment – always good for pics. Then there is the old market hall and car park which is being knocked down to make way for a new cinema and leisure complex. It looks like a bomb site at the moment but it lends itself to black and white shots.
Here are a few photos from a quick wander through the park and into the city with a camera I don’t use much these days (Fuji X-T1) and a 23mm lens.
Just over a month ago I was asked to take a few photographs at the Larder Cafe in Preston for a magazine feature. The Larder is a ‘not for profit’ organisation which has a focus on sustainable, locally sourced food and is well worth a visit.
The event to mark the opening took place just prior to the cafe opening to the public. There was music, food critics, the Mayor, plenty of people who had been involved in getting the venture off the ground and a couple dogs – this is also a dog friendly cafe!
I was taking the photographs for a feature in Live Preston and Fylde magazine which has now hit the streets so am happy to share more shots from the night here. Click on any picture to view larger.
This weekend the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition landed at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and I went along to check it out.
The main attraction is the impressive looking 23 foot high moon model which is suspended in the centre of the Grade 1 listed building but there is more to see in the adjoining gallery. Children will love the life sized astronaut model and the detailed space rocket models on display.
No doubt about it though the huge Moon is the star of the show. There’s also a soundtrack by award winning composer Dan Jones which plays unobtrusively while you stand and gaze at the Moon in all its detail. The moon model is by British artist Luke Jerram and it’s bound to prove popular with the Preston public. Check the Harris Museum for details of special Moon related events during the exhibition.
Here are a few photos of the installation. The moon is visible in Preston until 24th February.
According to the weather forecast it was going to be a sunny but cold day.What they forgot to mention was that you wouldn’t be able to see the sun for the freezing fog!
There was however, something hauntingly beautiful about wondering around Brockholes nature reserve in the icy-cold conditions. The photo below were all taken within the space of about two hours. Some come from the walks around the reserve, others show the visitor centre itself.
Here are the pictures…