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Doorways of Fife in 35 Images
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The coast of Fife has a series of small villages with old traditional centres that have a delightful lack of modernity. In the times before the uniformity of modern building design and master planning a rich variety of small buildings were produced. This variation resulted in a rich diversity of doorways and their spatial relationships to windows. Look at the relationship of doors to windows in the image galley. (Also see my gallery of images of the East Fife coast)

 
Glasgow Caledonian University in Winter, Impressionistic Images
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Impressions of Scotland
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David Dale's House New LanrkElgin
Parish Church, Comire
Culross, Fife
Culross, Fife
Culross, Fife
   
         
Culross, Fife
Culross, Fife
   

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Culross (pronounced Cooross) is a small village on the coast of West Fife, Scotland. It is unique in Scotland because it has so many very old well preserved and restored buildings. The Palace was built 1597 and the Town House in 1626.  
 
Fixtures After Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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House For An Art Lover, Glasgow by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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Hill House Helensburgh by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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I would show you the inside of the property if the National Trust for Scotland did not have such a mean-spirited attitude to photography by its paying visitors. Someone at the trust should wake up to the promotional potential of allowing visitors to take non-flash photographs.

 

Scottish Crannog Centre
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A reconstructed Crannog Dwelling was built on Loch Tay, Scotland by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA). The crannog is an artificial or partially artificial small island built in a loch or in an estuary. They are found in Scotland and Ireland. Some date from the Neolithic and Bronze ages. These structures are a very important part of the ancient Celtic architectural heritage. The reconstructed building is an educated guess at what a crannog dwelling might have looked like. If you are visiting Perthshire, Scotland and have an interest in architecture, history or archeology, I strongly recommend a visit.
 
Maggies Cancer Care Centres: They are for Men as Well as Women
Mageis Centre Garden Edinburgh
Maggies Glasgow Former University Gatehouse
Modified and Extended by David Page

See: Architects web page

Maggies Edinburgh
Former Stables
Modified and Extended by Richard Murphy

See: Architect's web page

If you have been personally affected by cancer or one of your loved ones has been affected, it can be very helpful to talk to people who can give you help, information and support. I know this from personal experience because very close members of my family have died of cancer. In the West of Scotland, in particular, there is a great need for cancer support because rates of many cancer diseases are so high. I can personally recommend the Maggies Centres as I visited them when my daughter did her post-graduate architectural dissertation on the Maggies Centres. I was the chauffeur and professional architectural photographer for her when she visited the Scottish Centres, so I talked to many kind and caring people in them during our visits.

Interesting and Unusual Buildings

The Maggies Centres are very interesting and comfortable buildings, which in my opinion help you relax away from the busy sometimes frenetic atmosphere of a hospital environment. I know from the personal experience of being with my late wife, they are more tranquil than the overcrowded waiting room of an oncology clinic.

Some of the buildings are quite unusual. A friend of my present wife, who is a GP in the North of Scotland, encourages her patients with cancer to visit the Maggies Highland centre when they are attending Raigmore Hospital, Inverness for treatment. By way of encouragement she says to not let the outside of the building put you off as it is a really good place to go and very comfortable inside. When I was photographing the outside of Maggies Fife in Kirkcaldy an older couple walked past. I then overhead the husband say "What on earth is the building that guy is photographing?", as it looks so unusual. His wife replied, "It's the Maggies centre. It is really beautiful inside". "What is the Maggies Centre?", he asked. "It's for anybody with cancer", she replied wisely.

When I was a scientist and university lecturer I spent most of my career working in hospitals. I remember helping many lost patients find where they were going. As a patient myself, I even got lost trying to find an outpatient clinic in a hospital where I had worked for many years! The Maggies Cancer Care centres are not like that. You will not get lost in them. They are small, friendly and have a real homely feel. The staff or volunteers will greet you and always make you feel very welcome.

     
Maggeis Centre inverness
Maggies Highland, Inverness
by Page and Park
See Architects Web pages
Also: Building Design PDF from Maggies Web site
Maggies Centre Kirkaaldy
Maggies Fife, Kirkcaldy
by Zaha Hadid
See architects Web pages
Maggies Lanarkshire, Wishaw
A converted Hospital Residence

For Men As well as Women

Personally I think the name is a little unfortunate, as it might suggest to some men that it is only for women. I remember thinking that myself many years ago when I saw the second centre in the country being developed near the river Kelvin in Glasgow. If you are a man with prostate cancer or breast cancer or any other form of cancer then these centres are of equal help to you as well as woman.

For All Affected

If you, a friend or loved one feels shy about going to visit a centre, you could click on a picture above to take a look at my photographic galleries and so see what they look like inside. You will also see that they have many useful leaflets and books about cancer. Perhaps if the person with cancer is a bit reluctant to go, you as a friend or relative could make a first visit, and have an informal chat with one of the staff or volunteers. You should also be aware that Maggies Centres are also there to help families. If you are affected by the cancer of a loved one and need to talk to someone then you could go for your own benefit as well.

     

One Very Enjoyable Way to Help Maggies

If you live in Scotland or the North of England, one of the many ways you can help the Maggie Jencks Cancer Care Centres is to visit the very remarkable architectural landscape garden that she and her husband Charles Jencks designed on their estate. It is a private garden but open to the public one day a year to raise funds for the Maggies Centres. Your entrance fee and anything you buy there will be used to support Maggies. If you would like to see what the garden looks like before making the trip just click on one of the pictures below to open a gallery of images. (Charles Jencks has told me he thinks these are beautiful images, so hopefully that is a good enough recommendation as he has been one of Britain's most influential architectural writers.) To find the date of this year's open day and the location please go to the Scotland's Gardens Scheme (SGS) web site page for this garden

To learn more about the valuable role of the Maggies Centres
and their initiator Maggie Keswick Jencks go to: www.maggiescentres.org.

     

 

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles and Maggie Jenks

Monochrome and Colour Photographs Impressionistic Images
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Charles Jencks Wikipedia Page The Book: Garden of Cosmic Speculation
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Photographs of Findhorn Eco Village
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The Findhorn community since its inception has prided itself on being 'alternative' in outlook. The community has fostered a modern contemplative tradition that they refer to as 'spiritual'. In architectural terms that outlook is now expressed in the form of low energy consuming structures with a low embedded energy of construction. The gallery on the site has a very large photovoltaic panel array, there is a wind turbine and many solar thermal panels on roofs. My superficial impression on visiting the site on two occasions is that it helps to have resources to be 'alternative'.
Findhorn Eco-Village

Click for a slide show of images of the Findhorn foundation Eco Village and Morray Arts Centre

For information about the Findhorn Eco-Village go to:

1..wikipedia.org/wiki/Findhorn_Ecovillage

2. www.ecovillagefindhorn.com/

3. www.findhorn.org/aboutus/ecovillage/education/

or see the video at YouTube

 
The Lowry Centre, Salford Docks
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The Lowry, houses the Lyric Theatre and a gallery of visual arts including a very substantial collection of paintings by LS Lowry. It is located in in a triangular plot of land in Salford docks, which forms part of the Manchester ship canal. The building is uniquely vibrant both in terms of its modern external form, the circulation space and colour scheme. Indeed the circulation space and its fittings are a masterpiece of design that in themselves are experiential. Hugh Aldersey-Williams writing in the New Salesman described it as "easy and delightful to use". I think that sums up very well the feeling the the architectural company Michael Wilford tried to produce. In what other modern public building have you ever wanted to photograph the public toilets because of their design, rather than use the facilities?
 
The Tiny St Peter's Church, Chillingham, Northumberland
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Buildings do not have to be large to have architectural grandeur. St Peter's Church Chillingham is a tiny but very grand building. The church is extremely old and has some masonry even dating back to Norman times of the 12th century. The South Chapel is dominated by the 15th century (1440AD) tomb of Sir Ralph Grey and his wife Elizabeth. A descendent of this couple gave his name to Earl Grey Tea. The Chillingham Castle web site says of the man buried in this church ' With just eighty-one men at arms, he captured Roxburgh Castle near Kelso.  He then held it against the entire Scottish army, led by the furious Scots King.  Grey held Roxburgh Castle for eight long days, till the English relief arrived.'

For more information see:
http://www.chillingham-castle.com/GhostsPg.asp?S=3&V=1&P=50
http://www.chillinghamwildcattle.com/greys

 
Portmeirion Wales
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The fantasy village of Portmeirion designed between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis is a tourist attraction and also provides accommodation. Located on a beautiful estuary it has a strange but nevertheless interesting feel to it. The location is quite unlike any other place in the UK.

http://www.portmeirion-village.com/

 

Ancient Olympia, Greece
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The ancient Olympic Stadium and Stadium Entrance or crypt in Olympia, Greece.

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The colonnade of the Palaistra (left) and the columns of the Temple of Hera (right) near to where the modern Olympic flame is symbolically lit.
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Pedimentary Statues from the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece

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Although there has been long use of statues as architectural decorations, arguably the ancient Greeks achieved the finest of all statuary compositions in the way that they decorated temple pediments. For that reason the idea has been much copied in modern buildings of a classical style.

For a artist's impression of what these statues might have looked like when in place on the pediment click here >. Boycott the 'Elgin' Marbles in the British Museum and treat yourself to a trip to the Temple of Zeus and see the remains of these magnificent architectural decorations in their rightful place in Olympia, Greece (Google map link).

Featured Image: The Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey

Library of Celsus
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The rebuilt facade of the ancient Library of Celsus has become an iconic public building from the Roman period of Ephesus in Turkey. This was one of the 4 great libraries of ancient Anatolia and held 1200 scrolls. The gate of Augustus is on the right. Notice that the image is without people. It is almost impossible for a visitor to take such a picture due to the large number of tourists that visit the site. The image is a composite of several different exposures and some additional Photoshop editing.
 
Interior Decor in Posh (Terrace) Houses of Roman Times
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The terrace houses of Ephesus in Turkey have magnificent mosaics and simple wall paintings. I have attempted to correct the image geometry on some of the mosaic so that you can see them as if looking directly from above, although you cannot normally do this.
 
Sidi Bou Said,Tunis, Tunisia
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The Fantasy Architecture of Disney
 
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Disney, in its theme parks, has developed an exuberant Fantasy Architecture that is to be commended. Architecture should make a positive contribution to all of our lives. When it does not something is wrong. Disney understand the commercial value of this sentiment and so flourish.
 
Curved Architectural Features of a Cruise Liner
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If you have ever seen 3D CAD drawings for ships you will understand that the architecture of buildings, is in relative terms, a more simple affair. Sadly, Professor David Mackay points out in his online book Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, ocean liners are one of the most 'non-green' ways to travel. He shows on a graph of transport methods that ocean liners consume about 103 KW hours per 100 person kilometers, which is terrible in comparison with an equivalently full train or an electric car.

 

I also undertook internal property photography in Scotland for those wishing to sell houses and commercial buildings.

 

The Hideous La Défense Business District of Paris (on a very grey day)

In my youth I used to wonder why London did not have such a modern district and felt the French were so far ahead. Now I think the public space is a soleless and hideous place on a grand scale. It is a bit like Gotham City without the superhero Batman.

     
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For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_D%C3%A9fense
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