Landscape: Urbanscape Most Landscapes are wide open spaces of natural beauty… this week find the beauty of the urbanscape/cityscape.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge as it gave me an excuse to take my good camera into work with me. I got off the bus on Friday morning and began shooting many of my favourite sights along the walk to my office. At lunch, I wandered through an area I have never before explored. Then after work as I walked to my bus, I took new photos in the late day sun.

The result of my fun was about 112 photos, 55 of which made my shortlist. There were so many that I could have used – city blocks, isolated scenes, but it was the graveyard of St George the Martyr Church that enchanted me.

Now the Serbian Orthodox Church of St George the Great Martyr, this sandstone church was built around 1827, designed by William Parsons. Almost 200 years later, it is the only stone building in the area, which at one point in the late Victorian and early Edwardian years was filled with manufacturing and distribution warehouses.

The church and its graveyard are an oasis of peace within the red brick warehouses on the one side and horrible 1970s constructs on the other. I think this will give you an idea of this one Urbanscape.

Built in the late 1820s of sandstone, the church and its graveyard are now surrounded by newer manufacturing sites.
Built in the late 1820s of sandstone, the church and its graveyard are now surrounded by newer manufacturing sites.

The more I get to know this city, the more I appreciate it. My explorations have only just begun, however. I shall have to bring my good camera to work more often!!

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