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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Discovering Bristol

I've moved to Bristol.


Clifton / Suspension Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Bristol is a city of about 450,000 in the south west of England, lying on the River Avon (shown above, spanned by the city's icon, the Clifton Suspension Bridge). It is somewhere around the 8th-11th largest in the UK, depending on how you count, and the largest in England's south beside London. It has a strong maritime and engineering history, and the modern-day economy based on media, electronics and aerospace industries has led it to become the only large city in the uk whose wealth per capita is higher than that of Britain as a whole. It is known for its aforementioned bridge, its links to Brunel, a balloon festival, Banksy, and probably several other things beginning with B.

When I started my London thread I'd been living there for 9 years, felt like I had explored it and understand it fairly well and had a back catalogue of photos from all seasons. So it made sense to take a fairly didactic approach to the thread, all very structured, thematic and so on.

For various reasons I think that isn't going to work here, and even if it did I don't want to do it. This thread will be a fairly unstructured chronological stream instead: I'll just post whatever I take as I take it, with minimal organisation, explanation or commentary.

So far I've been here about 3 weeks, but a combination of full-time work, short daylight hours, christmas break, bad weather and bad light has limited my photographic opportunities, so I've only really had a few days out and about with camera.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:14 PM   #2
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:18 PM   #3
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Where else to arrive but the station?

Bristol Temple Meads - fine victorian architecture...



Bristol Temple Meads by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol Temple Meads by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

...loads of grimy trackside graf


Temple Meads graffiti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Temple Meads graffiti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Temple Meads graffiti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


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anyone who's seen my london thread will know both of these things are grist to my mill.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:21 PM   #4
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first few days of snaps


St Peter's, Bristol by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Autumn leaves in Castle Park, Bristol by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


NCP brutalism by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


North Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


North Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol Cathedral by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Pero's Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Vauxhall Bridge / SMKER(?) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:26 PM   #5
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Great, like it!
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:26 PM   #6
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this day had completely terrible light, but i had an itchy shutter finger, so I snapped this skate park / graf gallery


Dame Emily Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Dame Emily Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Dame Emily Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Dame Emily Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Lydstep Terrace by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Lydstep Terrace by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Lydstep Terrace by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Lydstep Terrace / SUGER by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:33 PM   #7
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finally a day of full sunshine, I set off for several hours solid photo-walking, and came back with the most pathetically small amount of shots to show for my miles trekked up and down hill. Somehow every photogenic street I went into, the sun was in exactly the wrong place dazzling my angle, and then it went down in glorious golden-hour tones which I couldn't see and enjoy because I was by now behind a hill on the 'wrong' side of town. Oh well...


Bristol cathedral / harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol cathedral / harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Queen Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Queen Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Picton Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol view from Richmond Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


DOMER(?) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Castle Park skyline at dusk by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


M-Shed / Bristol Harbour at dusk by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 4th, 2017, 12:13 AM   #8
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A good start!

What took you to Bristol: work I guess? I look forward to your explorations. Bristol seems like a very liveable city.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 08:14 AM   #9
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Superb pics.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 03:56 PM   #10
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Yes, for work. Wasn't really something I wanted to do, but I have to make the best of it and Bristol is indeed rather likeable so I don't think that'll be too difficult.

A couple more days where I tried to scavenge random shots with any weak glimmer of light -


Christmas funfair at Millennium Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Millennium Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ice skaters at Millennium Square by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Beauley Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Leighton Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Greville Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Salvation Army building by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Tap & Barrel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SESK by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


East Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


East Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 4th, 2017, 06:29 PM   #11
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Love those colourful terraces up on the hill.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #12
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Glad to see you coming back, stevekeiretsu, and hope the best for you at home and work there in Bristol

As you done in your London Thread, there is here a lot of good images to appreciate, and I do appreciate your way to use, side by side, different visual impressions that can complete each other: how could I imagine that victorian archιs and graffittis could work as a couple? Only through your eyes

Hope to see you around all the time
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #13
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Love those colourful terraces up on the hill.
You'll like my next batch of pics then!

Yeah I love these, in my admittedly new-settler opinion they're even more quintessially Bristol than the Clifton bridge. There's only one of that, but these colourful (georgian?) terraces pop up all over town. I even live in one I expect to photograph them ad nauseum, frankly.

Thanks Eduarqui, yes I'm "back" after a while of bouncing around sort-of-homeless looking for jobs etc. So hopefully I can catch up on your thread (and Jane's and everyone else's) now I'm stable for a bit! I also have another thread in the pipeline of the small towns & villages I explored in my time between leaving london and moving into Bristol.

Thanks also to everyone else for likes & comments! Now how about those houses...
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:21 PM   #14
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Monday - another fine sunny day at last


Bristol Harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Exchange Ave by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints Lane by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol Victoriana by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

at this point I was getting quite frustrated with the darkness of the narrow streets of the old city centre, the winter sun is so low that even low-rise streets were awkwardly gloomy. so i decided to climb a hill...


Park Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Masonic Lodge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Up to Cabot Tower, a victorian viewing platform in a park on Brandon Hill.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:22 PM   #15
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Great, very nice updates from Bristol
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #16
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Views from Cabot Tower


St Mary Redcliffe from Brandon Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Backlit golden hour Bristol houses from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Brandon Hill Park overlooking Bristol by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Toward Clifton from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol rooftops from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Looking into the sun - Bristol from Cabot Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 4th, 2017, 10:25 PM   #17
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Glad I've tuned in. Interesting thread and city, nice pictures!
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Old January 4th, 2017, 11:46 PM   #18
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After I came down from the tower I walked quickly west to a spot I'd scoped on google maps, against the clock to get there for my first photo opportunity of the Clifton Suspension Bridge before sunset.

Shot duly acquired I then went back home via the historic harbour waterfront. There's loads more stuff to shoot here another time when the light isn't failing.


Bristol rooftops and balconies by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Hotwell Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


ss Great Britain & reindeer by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Bristol houses by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Underneath Brunel Way by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Clifton / Suspension Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


View from 'Brunel Way' by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Under the flyover by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Hotwells flyover by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Golden hour across the floating harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Golden hour Hotwells by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Colourful Cliftonwood houses by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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A beautiful and interesting thread, Steve!
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Looks very British. Nice, but must say that Bristol looks much smaller then 450 000 inhabitants, more like a city with 50-100 000 inhabitants, is this the feelling you also get in reality?
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