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Manchester Town Hall

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester Town Hall

The Manchester Town Hall, completed in 1877, is a Victorian neo-Gothic building for the local city council and government offices.  Unfortunately, most of it was closed when I was there, so I took photos of staircases that I wasn’t allowed to explore. However, I was allowed to take photos. Photography is permitted.

This guy looks like he’s checking his mobile phone.

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester in the Rain

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester

It was cold and rainy most of the weekend–a normal Manchester summer. I took these photos in the Northern Quarter neighbourhood of Manchester, close to the Craft and Design Center.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

“Tib Street Horn,” sculpture by David Kemp.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

I spotted this building while drinking coffee in Waterstones, Manchester city center.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester is filled with Victorian buildings.

Manchester

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Utrecht Buildings

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 16, 2013

You didn’t seriously think I’d finished posting my Utrecht photos, did you? 🙂

Silhouette of church roof:

Roof, Utrecht

Rather baroque university building near the Domplatz:

University Building, Utrecht

Orange university building with nice brickwork:

University Building, Utrecht

Office section of a church:

Utrecht Building

Row of old white houses on Springweg:

Old white houses

Corner building wih iron ties on the side:

Utrecht Building

Corner building dated 1897:

Utrecht Building

Another building with fine ironwork ties:

Utrecht street

Old brick tower with very colourful shutters:

Utrecht Building

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Utrecht Windows

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 5, 2013

Two bicycles, facing each other, in front of a red building with a vine

Two Bicycles

Commercial building in the city center:

Utrecht Building

I was struck by the beautiful lace curtains and sometimes rather elaborate still-life arrangements in ordinary windows. Unfortunately, I couldn’t photograph one window with porcelain jars because a man was sitting at the table, drinking coffee, behind the window both times I checked (morning and evening). I guess he really liked the view.

Window

Detail of a library window.

Window, Utrecht

Love the red shutters…

Red Shutters

Red Building, Utrecht

Triangular window in my hotel room, with a view of the Dom tower.

Karel V hotel

Residential buildings in the historic city center

windows

Windows

Message in the door of a house. I’m not sure how the letters were fastened to the glass. The passageway was quite dark.

Window, Utrecht

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Utrecht

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 30, 2013

Canal in Utrecht

I was in Utrecht for business last week, from Monday evening until Thursday. Although I put in plenty of 12-hour work days, I did manage to take a few photos. The hotel that I chose was in the center of town, near the old section of Utrecht, with canals. The canal in the first photo was only a few blocks from the hotel.

Below is a a church roof, underexposed to show the silhouette.

Roof, Utrecht

Tile peacock decoration on a building on Neugerachte.

Tiles

The Dom tower is visible from almost every place in the center of Utrecht, so I have a lot of photos of it. There was good light on the second evening.

Dom Tower of Utrecht

Love the colours of the boots and bicycle. If I hadn’t been so rushed I would have taken this shot at a lower angle. When you’re wearing business clothes it’s a lot harder to get down on the ground to take some shots.

Boots

The first morning it rained. I photographed this tulip near the large canal in front of the hotel.

Tulip in rain

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The Decayed Beauty of Venice

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 19, 2012

Blue Door, Venice

You probably know, without my telling you, that Venice has more problems with dampness in buildings than most parts of the world. The perpetual moisture causes paint to blister, plaster to crack and flake, and wood to rot. Many of the buildings are crumbling before our eyes, but the slow decay creates amazing textures and colours around the windows and doors. I photographed a few windows, grills, and walls while walking along the canals.

Red Wall with Windows

Venice Canal

Grill in Red Wall

Door in Yellow Wall

Venice

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Mall Improvement

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 13, 2009

Yesterday I walked over to the tiny mall near my workplace to buy a new hairbrush. (My son managed to break my relatively new hairbrush by brushing against it so that it fell to the floor and broke in half, which suggest that it wasn’t such a great hairbrush to begin with.) The Park Center is a run-down fleapit. A friend described it as “slummy,” which is accurate. When I walked inside, I snapped three quick shots for a possible HDR picture.

Here’s an ordinary exposure of the mall. Note the cheap, corrugated plastic roof. You can’t see all the pigeon droppings at this distance. This atrium must be one of the most depressing buildings in the entire industrial park during a rain storm because this yellow roof is its only source of light.

Mall

Here’s the HDR version. It looks like it would be a pleasure to shop there. Or receive transmissions from outer space.

I don’t think I ever noticed before that the staircase goes higher than the main landing. Next time I will check it out for an overhead shot.

Park Center, Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem

Maybe I can get a job with the Ministry of Tourism or local real estate agents. 🙂

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