Frugal Photography
21st January 2017
15th February 2017

A Walk Around The Toon.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is full of big, bold shapes, so different from the softer forms of the countryside. The city environment is perfect for black and white images, which is particularly apt for The Toon and its famous two-tone football strip. I find that monochrome can add an edgy dimension to photos, as well as emphasising the repeating patters and stark outlines of the architecture.

The shapes of this office block seemed almost alien in design to me.

Another high-rise building with repeating patterns of the windows, each with different curtains or blinds and each hiding behind it a different story.

The same building appears again on the right of this shot, which again is about unnatural rigid shapes and the contrast to those brought by the solitary bird.

The road bridge across the Tyne is a great feature in itself, but it also makes a super venue to capture rare views across rooftops and of the other bridges spanning the river.



Long Way Down From Up Here


High Train

Of course cities are there for the people that populate them. This following shot was my personal favourite of the day.



  1. Julie says:

    These are fabulous, Ivor. You’re doing some wonderful stuff with black and white. I really like the ‘roofscape’, ‘long way down’, and ‘high train’ photos.

    • Ivor says:

      Thank-you Julie. The more I do, the more I like of black and white. That view from the bridge was amazing – I could have spent all day just there – and the afternoon winter light was really special. Glad you liked them.

  2. storki says:

    Love this series Ivor and it’s good to see the Magpie town again. Haway the lads!

    • Ivor says:

      It’s a superb city that has everything going for it. The people are really friendly it has some super architecture.

      (I don’t follow soccer at all, but it is a huge thing here. Lots of dedicated supporters.)

      • storki says:

        Yes the footie is big back home no doubt about it. When we lived in North Yorks we traveled to Newcastle on a regular basis and always enjoyed our day there.

  3. Tammy says:

    Love how dramatic all of these images are…my favorite is the high rise windows. Perfect symmetry and also seems almost 3D

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