Monday, 5 December 2011

Shadow rings


The window of Dot the Jewellers in Saltaire's Victoria Road provides an interesting play of light and shadow on a sunny day.

Trading from these premises since 2007, the owner John Bradley makes exquisite, modern, bespoke jewellery (mainly engagement, wedding and eternity rings) using computer-aided design.  I've featured the shop on this blog before, when they had a robbery in 2009, but thankfully that unhappy incident does not appear to have affected their trade.

The shop, Number 5 Victoria Road, started life as a general dealer's before becoming, amongst other things: a china shop, a butcher's, a lemon cheese maker's, a tea room, a fish and chip shop and a junk shop.  In 1993 the upper floors became the offices of a photographic agency, owned by Asadour Guzelian, which supplied photos to national newspapers.  It was apparently his intention to develop a photo gallery at street level (I would have liked that!) but that never really happened and the jeweller moved in.  The photo agency eventually moved to larger premises in Bradford's Little Germany.

9 comments:

  1. The shadows and text are both very interesting. Shame about the photographer not staying.

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  2. I think this photograph demonstrates excellently the importance of keeping the eye atuned to photographic possibilities when and wherever they occur. Were you out and about "looking" for a photo oppertunity, or did you just happen upopn it and took the photo on spec as it were?
    Whatever, it is impressive and all the better for being mono-chrome.
    The photo also acts as a metaphor inasmuch as I spotted a beautiful eternity ring in Dots recently, my partner loved it, but alas there was no way I could afford it at the moment . . without a "shadow" of a doubt.

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  3. Well spotted, Jenny; this geometric catch works great in monochrome.

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  4. I like it. I find shadows and reflections endlessly fascinating. The shadows are probably the only rings I could afford anyway!

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  5. To answer Anonymous's question - I nearly always carry a camera, even if it's only a compact. But on this occasion I was setting out for a walk with my Nikon and noticed the shadows as I walked past the shop.

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  6. An excellent composition. Keen photo buffs always have a camera on the shoulder. Well done!

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  7. Lovely shadow shop! Cute name and logo for the jeweler, too!

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  8. Nice catch. I know I would have missed them if I had walked by.

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  9. Fun subject for the b&w shot! ~Lili

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