Elvet Bridge, Durham

By woolybill1
Looking down from the junction with Saddler Street during a very brief visit at the end of December. Beyond the new Marriott Hotel Old Elvet may be seen, and the dome of the former County Hall, now offices of Durham University.

Originally built in 1166, the bridge is far too narrow for modern vehicular traffic despite its most recent rebuild in 1601. But having passed my driving test there in 1973 I can remember the days before it became traffic-free, especially overtaking a double-decker bus uphill from a standing start when the traffic lights turned green . . . . These days I'm not quite such a hot-head.

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture People Black and white Townscape

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joolsb 12 27.1k 38 Switzerland
12 Jan 2012 7:41AM
Nice! Think it would look better without the Xmas decos, though.

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nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
12 Jan 2012 7:41AM
What a wonderful scene, Bill! You made the best use of the light. Such a lovely angle and compo! I just love this. It is exceptionally beautiful!
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 7:46AM
Very nice street scene, well captured, mono suits it well.
CliveA 11 5 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 8:01AM
A Lowrie ! love the dogs and that twist in the road.
Have an award
C l i v e
franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 8:05AM
Excellent mono Bill, the light and tones are superb!

luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
12 Jan 2012 8:06AM
Fantastic capture! I like it very much
hobbo Plus
6 1.1k 2 England
12 Jan 2012 8:24AM
WOW! This is classic mono processing at its very best, it has mood, atmosphere, interest, tone, shadow, reflection, great composition and light.............Lowry, mixed together with the very best of mono photographers.

Inspirational......Thank you for posting it.

Richsr 10 91 223 England
12 Jan 2012 8:47AM
Like this street scene Bill, good mono work
regards Richard
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 9:05AM
A good one.
Hobbo has said it all Bill, but I'll add my tuppence worth as ever. The beautiful s shaped composition along the cart track cobbles is classic photography. The monochrome conversion has produced the most wonderful image which could be from a long time ago. I kind of agree with Jools about the Christmas decoration but it's easily removed. This is very reminiscent of the great Bill Brandt but with people all over the image.

12 Jan 2012 9:37AM
Beautiful shot!!! Lovely light, mono suits it very well.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
12 Jan 2012 10:15AM
In mono it could easily be 1973 or earlier, there is a lot of people moving about. - gary
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 11:07AM
Hobbo and Dougie between them have said everything I would wish to say: a most effective B and W presentation, the backlighting, composition, silhouetted figures (and dogs) all just spot on. Would win awards in a competition, I feel.
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
12 Jan 2012 11:53AM
An excellent image, really fine slice-of-life photography.

I do think removing the christmas decoration would be an improvement as it is distracting but then again, given that this is such splendid documentary photography, perhaps it's best left in...otherwise what else would you be tempted to remove or bugger about with?
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
12 Jan 2012 11:54AM
Such a cozy little street scene, nicely composed with the grill the top to help frame it.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
12 Jan 2012 12:48PM
Fab shot Bill. Those perky little sausage dogs really make the scene for me as they fit the surroundings and it's so unusual to see them these days. The light and tonality - perfect.
Sorry, but one little thing, I'd rather the half-man on the left was either fully in the frame or missing.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jan 2012 12:49PM
Excellent conversion!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
12 Jan 2012 2:34PM
A superb mono, excellent contrasty tones. And the wet pavement gives it wonderful shine. Wonderfully seen scene Bill and superb conversion..........Sandy
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2012 2:44PM
A fine mono working Bill.
And just to let you know.
The only barrels I will remove,
are barrels of Guinness !!
LexEquine 11 19 United States
12 Jan 2012 3:08PM
'Artistic, beautiful, & very classic and nostalgic monochrome Image' ~ LEx
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
12 Jan 2012 4:09PM
A brilliant capture, Bill, as mentioned above, very Lowry-ish Wink Just love how the street snakes its way down to the bridge, and those damp cobbles reflect the light. Has to be mono - don't think this would work anywhere near as well in colour, or without the people in it, either. Really like this, and it merits my UA, too.... Wink
Trev Smile
Niknut Plus
7 1.6k 74 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 5:22PM
Cracking shot !!!!.....wonderful Lowry quality, with lovely detail in the buildings & wet pavement.....though I do think the Xmas decoration across the
top intrudes a wee bit, & without it the image would be faultless !!!!!!!
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2012 5:39PM
What a belter!
12 Jan 2012 6:30PM
You must've climbed a Lamp Post to take this one Bill Smile A smashing shot of everyday life, nicely composed and well suited to mono.

John Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
12 Jan 2012 7:07PM
another excellent capture
(& this superb toning)
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
12 Jan 2012 7:29PM
So great with mono

ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2012 4:58AM
What a very nice mono image and so many awards...
Magic image well taken great comp...
saltireblue Plus
7 7.1k 33 Norway
13 Jan 2012 9:51AM
LAte into this one, Bill, so it has all been said already. Wonderful in spades, and well worth the awards. Have another.

13 Jan 2012 9:57AM
I really like this Bill.
How do you get the people in your shots to be positioned just so?
Excellent mono, light and composition using the “Tracked” stone sets to convey the eye through the shot.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
16 Jan 2012 9:17PM
A superbly composed street scene Bill
Quote:In mono it could easily be 1973 or earlier, there is a lot of people moving about. - gary
Gary is spot on, he should know it is like that every day in Merthyr where he's from it is like going back in time when you go there!Wink Sorry Durb!Grin

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