Monday, 21 April 2008

Coals to Newcastle

Couple walk alongside the A167 - Newcastle

I'm still pondering about what lens to buy. There is just so much choice that it makes your head spin thinking about it. So far I'm in favour of getting a wideangle zoom - i know i can have lots of fun with that over the summer.

This is another image from the Newcastle series of images that i hope to continue sometime during the summer. For those who aren't familiar with the geography of the UK, Newcastle is in the North east of England and was an important industrial centre for many years. Coal was king in the city and a vast rail network was built to distribute the fuel all over the UK and empire. Newcastle was the first port to start exporting coal in the UK.

Worldwide markets and the decline of British industry saw the economic landscape of Newcastle change forever but the city's impressive coal exporting exploits remains alive in the English language. The British phrase 'carry coals to Newcastle' is commonly used to mean doing something pointless and superfluous.

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