Month: July 2014

Soft

The summer is moving on and many Spring wild flowers are coming to an end, and the shapes are more interesting as they dry out. I took these yesterday and they aren’t exactly what I wanted as they are a bit ‘soft’ a combination of the breeze and a poor quality filter, but I quite liked them. I tried a few long exposures and a couple worked out capturing the movement in breeze, and captured the subtle painterly very early morning colour I wanted, but not quite the clarity. I will try a few more another day with a tripod and without the cheap polarising filter, serves me right for being a cheapskate!

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Machin Street

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Machin Street in Tunstall runs across the heart of the terraces in Tunstall towards the old Loop Line which is now a walkway. Machin Street begins at what used to be called Bath Street close to the Library and after a slow incline drops steeply towards the old railway. It’s a messy mix of all sorts of mainly Victorian terraced houses and packed with parked cars all day. These photographs as part of my Streets Project, where I am photographing all the streets/roads within half a mile of my flat, were taken in February on a chilly day that quickly went from overcast to bright sun and then rain.

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Free E-Books!!

Today I have two free books to download for your Kindle or whatever e-reader you use, just the thing to take on holiday and read on the beach or sitting on top of a mountain, or just to read and brighten up your life…

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Underpainting is my novel set in the 1990’s about a relationship where one person is searching for the past and the other for the future and features art, mothers, bacon sandwiches, prostitution, secrets and phones.

Underpainting epub versionmobi version

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The Report is my novella based loosely on the premise and events in Philip K Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” and brought forward to a fascist Britain of today.

The Report epub versionmobi version

If you have any difficulty getting these files contact me on timdiggles@gmail.com.

I hope some of you may enjoy these books!

Park Terrace

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Park Terrace is just off Tunstall town centre. It isn’t very long and was built at around the same time as The Library, early 1890’s. They are much finer houses than the terraces behind, this can be seen from the details such as the fine Minton tiles which some houses still have, and overlook what is now Tunstall Memorial Gardens shown on the 1898 map as Recreation Grounds, where the war memorial stands. It is a one-way street which alway seems full of cars. Park Terrace faces south and after going into some decline many houses have been ‘done up’.

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Rain

Yesterday it rained, no surprise in the UK but this was heavy thundery rain. I took some photographs last year when it rained from the South East direction and my front window is like a river, so this time I tried a few long exposure images, I didn’t get what I actually wanted and need to look at the speed of taking the image, the cars were passing by before the shutter went. So most didn’t work but these three were reasonable and getting towards what I was looking for.

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