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The Wynd of Change

By PhilT2
Taken in Edinburgh last year. A Wynd is a narrow street or alley
The Old Tolbooth was an important municipal building in the city of Edinburgh for more than 400 years. The medieval structure, which was located at the northwest corner of St Giles' Cathedral and was attached to the west end of the Luckenbooths on the High Street in the Old Town, was first established in the 14th century by royal charter. Over the years it served a variety of purposes such as housing the Burgh Council, early meetings of the Parliament of Scotland and the Court of Session. The Tolbooth was also the burgh's main jail where, in addition to incarceration, physical punishment and torture were routinely conducted. From 1785 public executions were carried out. In 1817 the buildings, which had been rebuilt and renovated several times, were demolished.
Apart from the double yellow lines the wynd seems little changed from how it must originally have looked and its history prompted my choice of processing and title (which is inspired by the Scorpions song Wind of Change or for the historians amongst us the 1960 speech by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa)

Tags: Edinburgh Black and white Digitally manipulated

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13 Feb 2018 9:52PM
Great capture


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Nice shot with good info Phil...clever title too. Pam
Minty805 Plus
2 14 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2018 10:09PM
A very nice shot, Phil. I like the processing and the narrative is very interesting; thanks for sharing that. It all reminds me of the entrance to Lincoln Castle, where debtors incarcerated there were allowed out into immediate area to continue their trades and pay off their debts. So the guide told us, the area was the bailey, hence the expression "out on bail". I suppose the architecture and practices of the time were universal. Allan
Daisymaye 10 23 16 Canada
14 Feb 2018 12:11AM
Great textures and good grittiness in this.
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
14 Feb 2018 12:46AM
I just thought of a carriage and horses driving thru-- a marvelous old street!
Tooma Plus
2 1.0k 1 Scotland
14 Feb 2018 1:40AM
The old buildings are so much more photogenic than the current ones, Phil. I like your treatment of the shot, and your inclusion of it's history adds a lot to your presentation. Well done. Have my(newly made), UA. Smile
14 Feb 2018 2:49PM
A reallly lovely view of this narrow Wynd, looks wonderful in mono, shows such good details

Maiwand 12 3 73 England
14 Feb 2018 7:22PM
A delightful mono image Phil.
Love the narrative.
Stunning image, Phil.
Great processing. Superb tones & textures.
Fefe Plus
7 23 31 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2018 10:59AM
Terrific detail!

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