The port town of Caesarea Maritima was built by Herod The Great and later used by the Romans. Before you get to the Roman part, used for horse racing, you pass through the gothic architecture of Crusader gates and arches. More recent developments have included private museums and a golf course. Most sites in the Middle East have had more than one owner.
As usual, the site is mostly in ruins although it is well preserved and the size of it must make it one of the largest archeology sites in the region. Much work has been done to update it and it also boast a modern amphitheatre, shops and restaurants.
I am pleased with the results of using 50 speed film on these photographs. The film was out of date and had been through an xray machine but was perfectly fine and worked very well in the strong Mediterranean sunlight. It’s not fully appreciable in the scaled down versions of these photos for the web but the film really did bring out the detail and texture of the stone work. Overall, I think monochrome suited this subject, which doesn’t really have a great deal of colour to it anyway.
This is Old Hartlepool. The name dates back to around 647 and means the place where hart come to drink. An ancient fishing village which reached its peak as a port around the year 1900 and went into decline after the Second World War, it give rise to West Hartlepool which eventually became bigger and the two amalgamated in 1967 to be simply called Hartlepool. Some of the Headlanders, known colloquially as codheads, were unhappy at the threat to their independence and refused to use the new bus service linking them to West Hartlepool’s town centre.
Other claims to fame for the Headland include St. Hilda’s – a 12th century church, a statue of Andy Capp and the Heugh battery which protected Hartlepool when the German navy bombarded the port during the First World War. The less said about the monkey, the better.
I took these pictures of a snow globe after shaking it up and using a variety of exposures from less than a second to twenty seconds. You can see the difference in the trails of the flakes. Most of the lighting was done by a torch. The camera was mounted on a tripod, I shone a torch on the globe and tried to judge the exposure time. Then I set the camera timer off, shook the globe and tried to line the torch up where it was when I set the esposure. I repeated this a few times and these are the best of the bunch.