Friday, 22 November 2013

A Marvellous Marble Hall!

Earlier today Eureka Wellbeing Photography members visited the amazing Marble Hall at Surrey House. This is the old Norwich Union building, constructed in the early 1900s from Italian marble originally intended for Westminster Abbey. We received a really warm welcome from the staff in reception. In particular, we would like to thank Mark for showing us around the building. This is definitely one of Norwich's heritage treasures and we would strongly encourage you to go and explore it in person. In the meantime, however, here is a slideshow with some of the photos taken by myself and David today. 

Find wonder as you wander!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Vauxhall Bridge, Great Yarmouth - Wonder Wandering

In other contexts I have written about how the town of Great Yarmouth is unfairly dismissed by people who often haven't taken the time to explore its many facets - or, indeed, haven't actually been there in person at all! See for instance, my article, 'Silver from the Sea'. It is my firmly held opinion that the town has much to offer - not least, photographically. Thus, when I visited a few weeks ago I found some wonder as I wandered in the form of a partly painted mid-Victorian bridge. The story of the Vauxhall Bridge is lovingly portrayed in this short animated film made by Matthew Harrison and local Yarmouth children...

Isn't that great! 

I too was inspired by the bridge and here are some of my photographs. These are HDR photos (High Definition Resolution), made by overlaying three separate shots taken at different exposures. I hope you like them...

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For some historic images of the Vauxhall Bridge please click on the following link: 

~ Colin Howey ~ 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Exploring Norwich City Hall

On Friday 1st November 2013 Eureka Wellbeing Photography members visited Norwich City Hall. For several members it was the first time they had stepped inside this fascinating civic building. Over the next few weeks we will share some of our photos with you here. To kick it off though, here's a picture I took of the exterior of the City Hall. I had been walking along the War Memorial at the top of the market - walking a bit too fast in fact. Remembering our Eureka slogan - 'find wonder as we wander' - I decided to slow down a bit and Take notice* of the beauty around me. It had been raining and there were a series of puddles, each reflecting the light in interesting ways. Peering into one of them I saw the 'shot' that I subsequently captured, above. I'm pleased with this one!

~ Colin ~

* Take notice
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.