Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Park at the heart....


Bradford Council has recently spent a good deal of money constructing what will be known as 'City Park' .... 'a park at the heart' of the city.  They have developed the area outside the City Hall into a leisure area with a large mirror pool, fountains and lights.  The pool can be drained to provide an arena for concerts and events.  There has been a great deal of controversy over it.  Whilst I think the finished effect is attractive, I do wonder if there were things that the money might better have been spent on, as the city centre in general is very run-down.  Nevertheless, I hope it does what the planners intend, in providing a focal point, encouraging investment and cultivating a sense of pride in our city.  It has its official opening on 24 March.

I was passing through Bradford city centre the other evening on my way to my Camera Club meeting.  I realised that the light might be just about right for some photos, so I lugged my camera and tripod down there.  In fact I could have done with arriving a bit earlier, as the sky soon got too dark, but it was worth the experiment.  It's quite photogenic and I will have to return again and take a few more shots.  I'm still experimenting with night photography.

This view is looking away from the City Hall towards the Alhambra Theatre and the old Odeon (another decay story).   For a similar view in daylight, see here (Martin's Bradford blog).

This is my entry into 'Weekend Reflections', a weekly themed grouping of photos across many blogs.  Please visit some of the other entries - click here for the link.

20 comments:

  1. The light in the evening sky is beautiful! I'm thinking that this pool?park is definitely something to see :)

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  2. Excellent colours and exposure, the reflections are good too!

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  3. Beautiful night photograph, Jenny!

    I think cities do need to spend some of their resources on amenities like this. People need to feel some pride about the places they like. If they do, they will more often congregate in the downtown and participate in the civic activites.

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  4. Pretty reflections you captured in what was left of the evening light. If it gets cold enough there in the winter perhaps it could be an ice skating rink too. ~Lili

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  5. A magical, almost fairy-like capture Jenny - I'd say your night-time photography experiment is a great success! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Very interesting. I hope the investment has the intended effect.

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  7. Well, it is beautiful! I think it's neat that it can be drained and used for concerts! Wow. Hopefully their goal will be reached to attract more business to the area.

    jenny, I'm having a pedicutre party on my blog on March 26th. I'd love it if you joined it with your pretty toes! :)

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  8. I do love your colorful night shot as well as the wonderful, colorful reflections, Jennie! Terrific capture for the day! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  9. It is very pretty at night and your night photography is super. I can't be bothered with a tripod, call me lazy.

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  10. A successful night shot. I've had a tripod, unused, in the cupboard for over 20 years; maybe one day.

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  11. Great reflection! Thank you!

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  12. Love the irregularity of those lights.

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  13. Nice shot! A Camera Club, what a great thing to be a part of!

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  14. What an "ab fab" image you have captured/composed, dare I say contrived? . . . really you would be well employed capturing similar attractive, positive images of this much beleaguered city and attracting the much needed investment to the area . . .

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  15. Beautiful colorful reflections.

    Regards and best wishes

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  16. I drag my tripod around much more these days than I used to... love your shot and how the colorful spouts in the fountain draw me in....

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  17. You have done well .... A lovely capture and i'm sure a place to return to often for more photographic shoots. Hopefully the upgrade to the city centre will be worth the money spent.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. That picture works for me. Hope the investment works for the city though personally I often have the same feeling when I see that the front of some buildings are remodelled while around the back of the same building all is left untouched.

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