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Help me escape!

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 17 January 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I'm pretty short of new material at the moment, also pretty short of inspiration and motivation to go out and get it (I'm going through another of those blue periods.)

So for the next few days I'll be taking some time out, perhaps tramping around with my camera, if the legs and hips don't give up. I'll be posting some stuff from last year's archives which I wasn't able to squeeze in at the time, I'll try and get around a few of your blogs as and when I can but I will thank you generously here and now for all of your generous comments and words of encouragement.

Found this ancient fire escape in Union Alley, South Shields, behind King Street. There are very few of this type left in the town now.

PENTAX K100D 1/90 second F/6.7 ISO 800 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture

17 Jan 2011 6:25am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Clear bricks in b/w are always good, especially here with these stairs. You want your readers to help escape? A big helper is reduction: b/w, narrowing your subject, your equipment, yourself ... :). Another helper might be buying new things but this may lead to addiction and an empty pocket.

17 Jan 2011 6:26am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Joli graphisme des escaliers

Bonne journée

17 Jan 2011 6:37am

xavshot from Lucenay, France

Une image digne d'un polar avec un très beau n&b.

17 Jan 2011 6:46am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

...and those bricked up windows tell a tale as well....

17 Jan 2011 7:30am

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Playing with lines and the outlook is rather complicated, especially when mixed vertical-horizontal ... but has been pretty good ... Greetings

17 Jan 2011 7:53am

JB from Lyon, France

A nice BW, which enhances the wall textures.
Nice result.

17 Jan 2011 8:29am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Nice zig zag - at least this one doesn't seem so scary as the fire escapes where you have to go straight down a ladder ^^

17 Jan 2011 9:02am

Franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive array of bricks! interesting bleak mood through the mono treatment! very appealing!

17 Jan 2011 10:04am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. Hope you get out the blues and get your inspiration back soon :)>

17 Jan 2011 10:33am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is a wonderful shot - love all the angles and textures.

17 Jan 2011 12:05pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

very wonderful image & the B&W too

17 Jan 2011 12:21pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Oh! Beautiful B&W. Your watermark here is brilliant, like a stencil graffiti on the wall. Well done.

17 Jan 2011 12:25pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Well spotted,nice metalwork and cracking brick building !!

17 Jan 2011 12:33pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just superb

17 Jan 2011 12:46pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Terrific composition! Superb pattern of shapes and lines.

17 Jan 2011 1:12pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great geometrical forms of the bricks and the triangluar stairs
nice monochrome shot

17 Jan 2011 1:25pm

Zus from Osaka, Japan

Oh Curly, everybody has such a day! Don't worry. Wait and see. Anyway, I like this one very much, great compostion:)

17 Jan 2011 2:13pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Well seen, I like this a lot!
I know this lack of motivation very well. When I was out the other day and took a few shots in the city, resulting in a collection of grey/brown/dirty green shots, I felt the need of deleting them all.

17 Jan 2011 3:19pm

dan from Paris, France

Impressive prison environment the graphics of which is very precise.
It makes dream about the freedom.

17 Jan 2011 4:05pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

This works beautifully in black and white.
Mondays can be blue indeed and this part of the year. Take it slow.
Have a quick look at tomorrow's on mine a bit of a hug on the same theme as today. Take care.

17 Jan 2011 4:56pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Are you in prison? (That almost looks like it.) Great b&w!

17 Jan 2011 5:33pm

@Marilla: I probably have the same melancholy mood as most prisoners right now, but glad you liked the picture.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A splendid B & W and beautiful graphics. Great shot. Good evening and do not worry the picture ideas are coming back :) See you soon.

17 Jan 2011 6:08pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

sure this ain't Noo Yawk?

So what's the thoughts on Bent then?

17 Jan 2011 8:05pm

@Ted: Not happy, but it's the second time he's put in a written request. I'll trust Quinn and Bruce to do the right thing on this one, let him go and get the best deal possible. No one player can ever be bigger than the club Ted, Man. Utd. have proved that time and time again.

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

excellent shot; the graphism is really great

17 Jan 2011 8:08pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

B&W is the perfect choice for this shot.

17 Jan 2011 8:09pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

It's hard this time of year. I know here, the skies have been gray everyday. The b&w makes this photo!

17 Jan 2011 9:23pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Curly,
An interesting view, including a perfect choice of color and expressive detail. I think the stairs are the ideal means of escape. Such steps I know of several American movies. The title suits me too. 5 stars *****
Thank you very much for your nice comments. Have a nice time and all the best. Dear greetings Christel

17 Jan 2011 9:54pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Metal stairs and a wall with bricks mosaic in background. Good composed B/W.

17 Jan 2011 10:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great composition of lines and your processing in B&W really brings out the contrasts in the brick.

18 Jan 2011 1:21am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Like an old photo taken in an old place!

18 Jan 2011 2:22am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Stunning! I love all the lines and textures. Wonderful textures

18 Jan 2011 3:14am

Charles from Somewhere in California, United States

Cool b&w, i like the texture.

18 Jan 2011 4:32am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Beautiful. Love the tones in your b/w.

18 Jan 2011 4:43am

philedmond from Angers, France

night b/w shot

18 Jan 2011 8:21am

Marie from FRESNES, France

joliment graphique.

18 Jan 2011 12:34pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

you are closer I know, but speaking from a distance and despite his goals to game ratio he's never struck me as a 18 mill' striker let alone 24. (He is also not alone in not living up to his past successes) More money may have been the magnet, but I also get the impression that he's been forced into the shadows by younger, brighter stars and he needs to be loved?
All in all, I think Brucie has done some good business!

18 Jan 2011 7:26pm

@Ted: Perfectly right Ted, I think he needed to feel as though he was the "main man" and a new deal hadn't been hammered out on his contract last summer, so naturally when someone offers to double your wages for doing exactly the same job. Well, it's not rocket science. Quinn and Bruce are right to let an unhappy player leave, he hadn't given his best performances for quite a few weeks since his last hamstring injury, and he has never left any previous clubs with mutual happiness, so the deal will probably be seen as very good in the longer term for Sunderland. Bit of a worry in the shorter term though, we only have one fit striker right now and that's Gyan, and I doubt very much that Ferguson will be willing to sell Danny Wellbeck!

Nige Bowsher from United Kingdom

Nice BnW.................

19 Jan 2011 6:23pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Stairs and bricks...good elements..great in b&w...

23 Jan 2011 3:55pm

Rebecca from Beavercreek, United States

Lots of texture and angles. I always love stairs, they have so many possibilities.

26 Jan 2011 2:41pm

1/90 second
ISO 800
82 mm (35mm equiv.)