My (Grandfather’s) Watch

This is a photograph of the back of my watch. Except that it isn’t really my watch. It’s the one that was presented to my grandfather on the occasion of his retirement in 1961 – at the age of 74. Those are his initials: TC.

Rather like me, it’s a bit temperamental now, and sometimes stops for no obvious reason (also rather like me). But I’m proud to wear it.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Backs of things

Sweeping

The BurJuman Centre is one of the oldest shopping malls in Dubai, and features a couple of grand sweeping staircases, with elements of Art Deco. This is a view taken from the ground floor, looking up to the balcony and ceiling above. The image is almost abstract and works quite well in black & white, I think.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Perspective

Bridge of Sighs

Quite possibly the world’s most expensive form of public transport(ation), gondolas pass beneath the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transportation

Abstract shadows

Palm trees cast long shadows across a path in Hili Oasis, near Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, producing the illusion of depth in an abstract image that makes me think of something a space probe might send back from the surface of a distant planet. (Although that’s probably just me.)

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Reflections and Shadows

 

 

Reach for the sky

Taken on a Boxing Day walk in 2013, this image shows the bare branches of an oak tree against the sky.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees.

Crocuses

Presenting a monochrome image of a flower that’s at least as interesting as the original is quite challenging, since one of the main selling-points of flower photography is the colour. Hopefully, though, this picture of a couple of crocuses does the job – helped by the lead-in lines provided by the leaves.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Moving Parts

Not a refugee from a Transformers movie, but a close-up of one of the cylinders on a propeller engine from an old aeroplane.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things With Engines or Motors