Postcards from York #2 : In the night trails of the cathedral…

In these second set of images I look at York Cathedral once again , but this time framed by the architecture and shop windows of Stonegate – where plenty of souvenirs can be easily obtained. It’s striking how many shops in the city centre are designed around the needs of tourists – and if you need anything more practical it can be a bit difficult to find shops which offer that but that’s by the by…

I didn’t use a tripod for most of these (the exception being the third image from top of the Minster shops) as I wanted to work quickly and have the opportunity to find some more dynamic points of view. Did quite a bit of experimenting using the zoom on my 11-16mm lens to track the motion of people walking by – evident in the first and last images of the set , the opposite to the aforementioned third image where the camera was static , but the people weren’t. In any case I tended to veer away from pure architecture to begin with , and for most of the urban landscape images I made here and focus heavily on the human element which was more of a “draw” here. Indeed so much of a draw that a lot of my time spent in York was very much geared around observing tourists and how they interacted with the cityscape around them – which I’ll explore in the next set of postcards…

A link back to my first look at York , studying the Emperor Constantine statue in front of York Cathedral

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