Ilkeston - A Different Angle On Christmas
w/e 17 December 2006
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
I've previously shown images of many aspects of Christmas from
shopping trips to Christmas lights and rides on "Santa Special"
steam trains to Nativity scenes but this year I tried for a different
"angle" on Christmas. With "angle" being
the operative word I let my artistic bent have full reign and
walking in an anti-clockwise direction around Ilkeston's Market
Place, tried for some unusual shots from various angles. (I
promise I wasn't drunk when I took these photos but I know, I
know, I'll stick to the usual stuff in future!) This first
one is looking up at the "Season's Greetings" message
in lights above the Town Hall balcony.
Various angles here as the horizontal lines of the brickwork
and windows of the Co-Op contrast with the triangular shapes
of the Christmas tree decorations on the building and the spire
of the United Reformed Church on Wharncliffe Road all pointing
vertically to the sky.
Another angled view here of an older part of the Co-Op complex
and the decorative lights strung across the top of South Street
seen against a grey sky.
Moving across the Market Place and tilting the camera at another
angle, we can see here a number of trees both real and artificial.
The real trees that grow in front of the library have finally
lost their leaves, although they were very late in doing so this
year, but have gained strings of coloured lights whilst the one
on the right is the town's main Christmas tree. Although real,
it is devoid of roots and like the decorative one (of two) attached
to the library wall, will be removed early in the new year.
More leafless trees strewn with strings of blue lights line the
church wall and vie for attention with the street lamps painted
in the Erewash Borough colours.
But the truth of the matter is, whichever angle you look at Christmas,
they should all lead, like the star here halfway up the tower
of St Mary's Church, to the stable in Bethlehem where our Saviour
was born over 2000 years ago. After all, it is His birthday that
we are celebrating.