Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Take Five


Joe had some homework to do, an art project, he had to produce five photographs of modern or contemporary architecture, which is a bit tricky around here, as things tend to look  rather vernacular in style; unless you count the ugly tin shed down by the canal that trades under the brand of Tescos;  I try hard to ignore it.

The best we could do in the time available was to nip over to Buxton. It has few new builds of any note (it does however, have it’s own large tin shed, the Buxton Mineral Water bottling plant) But the Cavendish shopping arcade has a very fine barrel vaulted stained glass roof, that merges the old with the new (the arcade was once thermal/hot baths, built in 1820)

Take 5 4-2

Surprisingly (seeing as it wasn’t his home work) Tom was keen to come with us

Take 5 3-2

Joe took charge of the camera

Take 5 2-2

and decided he would have some shots of old building anyway; this the splendid Georgian crescent (which is architecturally more significant that Bath’s Crescent and is a building that has aspirations )

Take 5 1-2

For his homework the prints had to be black and white, but I’ll bring you the last one in colour, its too vibrant not to be shared on such a dismal November day.

Take 5 4-2-2

Tom took just five shots, I explained the general idea, with photography, was to take a lot more than that and then select the best. ‘Mum, you just don’t get it do you’?’ said Tom ‘It’s home work, five photographs, he’s taken five, job done; can we go to GAME now?

So that’s why he was so keen to join us.

All photographs by Joe Uphilldowndale. (here is some of his earlier work)


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Take Five

  1. What great images! I’m glad you gave us the stained glass in color.

    I take lots and lots of photos and then obsess over which to use, wasting quantities of time. Very few of mine are worth obsessing over, and often the best shot is the first one. Maybe I’ll try an expedition with a five-shot limit. Hmmm.

  2. Lovely shots. Do you know what has happened to the old hotel which used to be in the crescent building? It closed down about 20 years ago and there was some talk of it being converted to flats – I had a wonderful time looking round the inside, beautiful though decrepit then.

    • The building was made subject to a compulsory purchase order by the local authority; they managed to secure funding to repair the roof, make water tight and treat damp rot, so it wouldn’t deteriorate further. And there it still sits, much talk of it being a hotel with a spa and information centre and even having a section of it furnished as it would have been in the period. But it doesn’t seem to get off the ground, one day I hope. I had a ‘hard hat’ tour of the building after it was repaired, led by the borough architect, it was fascinating they even found pieces of Georgian wallpaper. I’ll do another post about it soon.

  3. You have a budding talent on your hands, but will you share your camera with him?

  4. Digital technology! What’s the point of rationing yourself to ony five shots these days? We don’t have to live like that anymore, do we? Kids these days …

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