Eyes on the Road

The last Sky Ride in Ipswich

With Sky’s 8 year sponsership coming to an end, I decided to sign up and join the last Skyride around Ipswich.

For the most part it was a leisurely ride with many pot-holes recently filled in.

Speed test

There was the opportunity to see how fast you can go in the Sprint Zone.

Eyes on road

While at the base of the ‘Wine Rack’ you were advised to keep your ‘Eyes on the road!’

It was a pleasant day riding around and after two complete laps, with plenty of stops to take in the atmosphere, I duly collected my ‘One in a million’ medal.

RPS International print Exhibition 159

Wednesday saw the announcement from bath HQ of the finalists for this exhibition.

Sadly I never made it with my image that got shortlisted.

Sun setting on industrial buildings and river

From the series Edgelands

This is part of an extension of my Edgelands series where I am making images of ‘agri-dustrial’ buildings in our East Anglian landscape. Conveniently, they occur in Edgelands areas. This site is Muntons of Stowmarket. Muntons very kindly gave me access to their site to make images over a 3 month period.

Races run, shadows and fireworks

Dead bird leg with ring

Late and decapitated plus flesh-less racing pigeon

I’m slowly recovering from a marathon session with two fellow group photographers conducted yesterday in blazing sun and stiff breezes.

One week short of an anniversary, we ascended the rooftop of University of Suffolk’s James Hehir building to make a record of the events of the day and also to mark the passage of time and space associated with Ipswich Waterfront developments.

At one point yesterday morning I thought we might have been scuppered through a breakdown in lines of communication but that hiccup got resolved and soon we were hauling our precious gear up the north face of the building using ropes as we have done before. Once at base camp, we realised as ever with a shutter of photographers that the light was not how we wanted it and the wind, where was that on the forecast?

We were not in too much of a hurry to get going as waiting for the light gives plenty of time to see things. We happened upon a feathered carcass that had rings on both legs but no head and no meat left on the breast bones. A racing pigeon whose game was up so to speak but it travelled a considerable distance back and forth on the roof during the day as winds gusted to near on 25 knots.

Twilight last year was the kindest hour having had dullish weather all day. Here we were in 27 degrees and WSW winds of 17-25 knots and less activity around the dock on account of it not being a Maritime Festival – they are now to be held every other year. Twilight we hoped and yearned for but not a cloud in the sky.

That said, there were other things to make images from.Chairs and shadows

Shadows became friendly things to capture from on high as we waited for twilight and fireworks.

Sunset was 20:34 and pyros set for 21:00 – far too early but they got delayed for 15 minutes then someone lit the blue touch paper – still too light in my opinion but hey ho – mustn’t grumble.

Red fireworks

Red fireworks and smoke

 

The other intrepid photographers were Peter Ellis and Kevin Marrable. Look out for their posts.

In the meantime, check out my site for galleries of associated images.

http://tomowens.openpoint.co.uk/home/