Leeds Photographer in Headingley

I called into Cafe Lento in Headingley to get some photos for a future post on the Leeds Photo Daily and little later whilst I was drinking a delicious latte this chap came in. He is James Hardisty a photographer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. James was at the Lento to get some photographs for a feature the paper was doing. I said hello and it turns out he knows my friend photographer Lorne Campbell, we swapped cards and James let me take his picture.

James was kind and asked if I was happy with the pics I had taken, knowing he was against the light in the doorway. So I took another of him outside photographing the front of the cafe.

I will post more from the cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds tomorrow.

Joy said…
How cool is that! A photograph I’m sure likes to be photographed now and then.

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APRIL 25, 2009 12:39 AM
~Cheryl said…
Small world! And I like the happy spring flowers painted on the window, too.

APRIL 25, 2009 3:48 AM
Steffe said…
Always interesting to met photographers. And I really like coincidences like that!

APRIL 27, 2009 10:10 AM


Tropical World – Roundhay Park, Leeds – Meerkat

A friend in Saint Paul, MN asked me if I had seen the meerkats in Roundhay Park, Leeds. I had to confess, they were news to me, I had not visted Tropical World set in Roundhay Park in many years.

So I visted the park and took some photographs of my visit for the Leeds photo daily, including the photo shown above. The meerkats are behind a perspex? screen, so the photo is not as clear as most of the photography on this blog.


Post Office St John's Shopping Centre – Leeds

I went into the Post Office in the St John’s shopping centre in Leeds the other day to buy a few stamps. I soon changed my mind, I really do not mind queuing, but this was silly. So I took a photograph or two instead.

Here in the UK over the last couple of years the Post Office has done quite a bit of rationalisation and closed lots of branches. This has led to long queues at many Post Offices including as you can see the one shown above. Here they have introduced a ticketing system to cope with the numbers of people coming through the doors. The central Post Office I used to go to in city square has closed and is now a restaurant which is great if you want to eat but no good if you want to mail something.

LoisMarch 11, 2009 at 4:50 PM
I would have changed my mind about waiting in that line too! I hate it. Our post office is getting almost as bad as yours.


KatieMarch 11, 2009 at 10:46 PM
At least with this system you can sit yourself down or be addressing envelopes etc while you wait. Also the self service machines are ok to use. What I hate is the post office by the market… always full of drunks and druggies queuing up to collect their Grio money. I avoid it at all costs!


~CherylMarch 12, 2009 at 12:15 AM
That reminds me….I need to go to the post office! Oh, dear.


Suprising sight on road to Leeds, Yorkshire

I was driving over to visit Temple Newsam in Leeds to take some photos for the Leeds photo daily. I passed this chap, a rag and bone man, incredible! I did a smart u-turn, very pleased to have my camera on the passenger seat.

As a boy I used to go and spend holidays with my mothers parents in Plaistow in East London, in those days rag & bone men were a common sight. I recall once hearing the sound “raa boh” and going out to swap one of my mothers coats for a goldfish. It took me a long afternoon tracking down the cart to recover mums coat, else it would have been “wait till your father hears about this”. Ooops.!

This chap did not mind me with camera, he just leapt out of the picture. We had a little chat about me not seeing another in the last 30 odd years. When I told him about the goldfish, he said that must have been a long time ago, very true.

His horse is called “Tommy”.

Linda – Gold Coast said…
I so remember the rag and bone man. Our rag and bone man would give us donkey stones (which were scouring blocks to clean stone steps – check out “donkey stones”). What would he give today I wonder?

Tommy is such a beauty, I just hope and pray he is safe on the busy roads.

Lovely sunny day – thanks again for a terrific photo.

March 22, 2009 9:39 AM
Nancy said…
Fantastic story. I’ve never heard of a rag and bone man before.

March 22, 2009 8:04 PM
Jacob said…
Wonderful photo and great story. I’ve never heard of rag and bone men…what means “bone”?

March 22, 2009 8:07 PM
marley said…
That is a blast from the past! I’ll have to ask my Gran if she saw it. We used to visit Temple Newsam at Easter when we’d stop with my Gran. I hope you’ll share some photos. Do they still have the farm there?

March 22, 2009 9:44 PM
lunarossa said…
Reminds me of old “Steptoe and Son”….Ciao. A.

March 22, 2009 10:32 PM
Lois said…
What a nice picture! It always pays to keep your camera handy because you never know what you will see!

March 22, 2009 10:43 PM
Steffe said…
That is a bit surprising, and a fantastic find for 2009!

March 22, 2009 11:54 PM


Saint Anne's Cathedral – Leeds

This is a picture showing a front view of Saint Anne’s Cathedral, which is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Diocese of Leeds, and is the seat of the Bishop of Leeds

The current cathedral building on Cookridge Street was completed in 1904, and was restored in 2006. Today this Arts and Crafts neo-Gothic style cathedral is a Grade II* listed building.

Lois said…
It’s very impressive!

MARCH 24, 2010 1:52 PM
Steffe said…
I like how you shot this. Sure is an impressive façade.

MARCH 24, 2010 10:34 PM


Decorative Tiles Seen in Leeds

I passed these decorative tiles on the wall of a building above a shop in Leeds city centre and could not resist taking photo and posting a little about them.

I must have passed this building many times in the last few months and cannot understand how I missed them before now. Perhaps they were covered up, the building looks newly decorated at least on the outside.

Leeds was at one time a centre for decorative pottery, having the Burmantofts pottery. These tiles have a vaguely classical theme, with a diaphanous female, a bust and the words Wedgewood, Minton, Worcester and Doulton, these all being famous potteries producing table china. I guess this shop on Commercial Street, Leeds was at one time a shop selling tableware.

Lois said…
It is very pretty Paul! The two figures have such stern expressions on their faces.

MARCH 26, 2010 2:44 PM


Brewery Wharf in the Sunshine, Leeds

Saturday in Leeds was a gloriously sunny day, seen here a view of Brewery Wharf on the Leeds waterfront.

These people ranged around the tall brronze sculpture were watching a local band Last Of The Sirens, play on a small stage. The girl in the foreground is sat on one of the scattered barley pearls that form part of the sculpture and also seating.

The tall, 6m bronze sculpture in the heart of Brewey Wharf was installed in 2006 and is by local man Ian Randall from Selby. Ian Randall also created the tall “Fibres” sculptures at Foster Square station in Bradford.


Scotsman's Arms – Kirkgate, Leeds

This picture of a figurehead above a doorway on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre is the head of a Scotsman.

This building at 106 Kirkgate, Leeds was once a Public House called the Scotsman’s Arms and all I know of it is that in 1881 it was run by Waller & Sons. Today the building has seen better days and it is home to an amusement arcade.

There are several pubs in Leeds with these carved heads over the doorway, I will try to visit them all and photograph them.


Blue Plaque at Tesco Supermarket Oakwood, Leeds

This Leeds civic trust blue plaque mark the life of Robert Blackburn and his company Blackburn Aircraft.

Robert Blackburn, OBE, FRAeS (March 26, 1885 – September 10, 1955) was an English aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft who was born in Kirkstall, Leeds.

The Leeds civic trust blue plaque reads:

The Olympia Works

Robert Blackburn – aviation pioneer
built aircraft here including over 100 BE2C
army and navy biplanes and the famous
Kangaroo, Swift and Sopwith Baby planes.
He test flew the BE2Cs on Soldiers’ Field
and from there, in 1919, operated passenger
flights to London and Amsterdam.

1914 – 1932

The factory shut when Blackburns moved production out to Brough, but re-opened prior to world war 2 and worked on the planes needed to fight the Nazis and closed finally in 1946.

I used to live behind the clock at Oakwood, quite close to this site but never knew the history. To think that the famous Swordfish aircraft of the Fleet air arm were built and flown from here in north Leeds. Although designed by Fairey the majority of Swordfish aircraft were built by Blackburns.

Today this site is now home to a Tesco supermarket and also Homebase.


WW1 Tommy – Leeds

This is a World War 1 Tommy as presented by Richard Hollick an interpreter of history at the Royal Armouries museum here in Leeds. Richard is holding a real WW1 era Lee-Enfield bolt action rifle with bayonet fixed.

The British soldier during WWI was referred to as Tommy, this had been so since the 19th century but it was especially so during the Great War. The Germans would shout across no mans land “Tommy”, the French also called the common British soldier Tommy.

You can see another interpreter at the Royal Armouries museum, Carla Starkey as Florence Nightingale “the lady with the lamp” here.

Daily at the museum a team of interpreters bring history to life by playing various characters from the past. There are several photographs of museum staff member Andrew Balmforth here on the Leeds daily photo

Leif HagenDec 30, 2009 05:10 AM
“Tommy” did a nice job with the depiction! Hope he was careful with the gun!