A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

I thought long about this challenge from Nancy. I don’t often stumble upon ‘unexpected’ images. However, there is this shot from our visit to Barcelona back in 2017. Taken through the locked gates of the Mercado de la Boqueria, the normally busy stalls are closed with only the pigeons for company…

Then I remembered this from back in 2009……This is a view through one of the wrecked turnstiles into the abandoned Claremont Road football ground, once home of Hendon FC. It tells a tale of falling attendance and the need for investment to maintain league position. There’s an old saying – Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. In modern non-league football that can be paraphrased to ‘Beware of Property Developers offering to help your club’. Hendon were ousted from their home and now groundshare with Edgware. The ground was demolished in 2012 if I remember correctly and is now a housing estate. Hendon were not the first, but hopefully will be one of the last to suffer this fate after a battle last season to save Dulwich Hamlet which saw them return home to their ground mid-season this year after questions were asked in Parliament and the local council stepped in to protect what is a community resource. A set of my shots of the dilapidated Claremont Road ground can be seen here.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

I have used many different frames in the past. Signal gantries and bridges are a favourite ploy with railway images. Here are three, more ‘architectural’, shots for Nancy’s Challenge – though there is a railway connection in the first 😉

A gateway to Europe – Estació de França, Barcelona…

Steps into Fort Belvedere, Florence…

Carrer de la Volta dels Tamborets, Barcelona…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Outdoor ways to move up and down

For Pilgrims visiting Montserrat Monastery there are three modes of transport. Traveling up from the valley below they can use the Cable Car…
Or they can use the Rack Railway…
The summit of the mountain or the shrine can be reached by Funicular Railway…

Catch up with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Here.