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A Stroll in Amble Northumberland

Amble Northumberland

  Some black and white photographs taken during an afternoon stroll

There is something pleasantly not grand or picturesque about some parts of Amble that make it infinitely more attractive to me than more picture perfect places along the coast. Once again, my approach isn’t to make flattering or unflattering photos : I’m more interested in an honest rendering of what struck me…It’s also about keeping things simple as opposed to catchy: everything doesn’t have to be spectacular.

Black and White Photographs 2016 Amble Northumberland by Christophe Chevaugeon

 

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kids playing Amble Northumberland black and white photograph by Christophe Chevaugeon

 

Amble Northumberland black and white photograph by Christophe Chevaugeon

 

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Amble Coast Northumberland black and white photograph by Christophe Chevaugeon

 

Amble Lighthouse seen from the fields black and white photograph

Weymouth Beach Colour Photographs 2011

Weymouth Beach

Colour Photographs 2011

This is the set of photos where I strongly felt for the first time compelled to edit them in colour . Weymouth is an “extraordinary” place for me: not only because unlike some of my other urban  photos ( this beach isn’t exactly “wild” is it ? ) it is easily recognisable, but also because it is a tourist and leisure site and far removed from where I live. Chances are , I’ll never return there.

Here are my three favourites. You can see more by clicking here or on any photo.

Weymouth beach colour photograph 2011

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Birmingham 2008

Black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

Black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

Black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

Black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

Black and white photograph of Birmingham in 2008

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Seahouses Northumberland

black and white photograph of the Donut trailer at Seahouses in Northumberland UK

 

black and white of the sea from the parking lot at Seahouses in Northumberland UK

 

black and white photograph of a couple on a bench at Seahouses in Northumberland UKSeahouses Northumberland UK. Digtal. Numérique.2011

I am not attracted to picturesque photos of well known places but rather to little unembellished glimpses. Je ne suis pas attiré par des photos pittoresques de lieux bien connus mais plutôt par des petits aperçus non embellis.

 

 

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Blackpool Tower catching the sun. La Tour de Blackpool dans un rayon de soleil.

black and white photograph of the view from Blackpool Tower out on to the sea

Blackpool tower catching the sun. Tour de Blackpool dans un rayon de soleil. Digital/Numérique 2012.
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Feet in the sun. Les pieds au soleil.

black and white photograph of feet in the sun along the beach at Weymouth UK

Feet in the sun.  Les pieds au soleil .Weymouth. Digital/ Numérique 2011.


 

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Alnwick Anywhere UK ? Alnwick N’importe Où RU ?

black and White Photograph of Council Houses in Alnwick UK
Black and white street photography :Alnwick UK . Digital Capture. Photographie noir et blanc de rue: Alnwick RU. Numérique.

Alnwick is famous for many things including its castle and gardens, its main street with its old market place and so on. But in Alnwick, like most anywhere in the UK , you’ll find variations on houses like these that you’ll never see on brochures or websites flaunting the town’s attractions. Truth be told, you couldn’t have one without the other: where there are picturesque sites, there are often nearby more ordinary places. I enjoy to a certain degree the picturesque places, but I am more sensitive to ordinary ones. I often think about the complex relationships between the two. Here for instance,having noticed  the prominence of satellite dishes I couldn’t help but to ask myself about the role modern television plays in maintaining the social status quo?

Alnwick est célèbre pour beaucoup de raisons dont son château et ses jardins, sa rue principale avec sa place du marché et j’en passe. Mais à Alnwick, comme presque partout au RU, vous trouverez des variantes de maisons comme celles-ci que vous ne verrez jamais dans les brochures ou sur les sites internet vantant les mérites de la ville. A dire vrai, impossible d’avoir les uns sans avoir les autres: là où il y a des sites pittoresques, il y a souvent à proximité des lieux plus ordinaires. Jusqu’à un certain point j’aime bien les lieux pittoresques mais je suis plus sensible à des lieux plus ordinaires. Je réfléchis souvent aux relations complexes entre les deux. Ici par exemple, ayant remarqué la proéminence des antennes satellites,  je ne pouvais m’empêcher de me demander quel rôle joue la télévision moderne dans la pérennisation  du statu quo social ?

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School is over / L’Ecole est finie / Ashington Northumberland UK

Back_from_school_DSCF4279School is over:digital capture. L’école est fine: capture numérique. Ashington, Northumberland, UK. Black and white street photography. Photographie de rue noir et blanc. Fuji X100

English

It was a lovely summer day and I was walking to a nearby school with my camera over my shoulder when this little girl running joyfully in her uniform caught my eye.  There is so much to say about this photo and what it means to me that I’ve given up trying. The joy that little moment brought me, why I feel at home on that street, the connections I have always felt  with places like these, my experiences, my frustrations, my anger  and hopes, the good times…

 

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C’était une belle journée d’été et je marchais vers une école mon appareil photo à l’épaule lorsque cette petite fille  courant joyeusement dans son uniforme d’écolière a capté mon regard. Il y a tant à dire sur cette photo et sur ce qu’elle veut dire pour moi que j’ai abandonné l’idée d’y parvenir. La joie que m’a apportée ce court instant, pourquoi je me sens chez moi dans cette rue, les liens que j’ai toujours ressenti avec des coins comme celui-ci, mes expériences, mes frustrations, ma colère et mes espoirs,les bons moments….

 

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Durham

Durham UKDurham UK. Digital capture.

 

Friendly Liverpool

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Liverpool, Radio Tower, UK  . Digital Capture.