Like lots of places in the UK, Newcastle has really changed. Loads of money has been spent tarting up the Quayside and surrounding areas. A load of new riverside flats, student accommodation, restaurants, bars (of course, its still Newcastle!) art galleries, fancy shops and God knows what else.
We were there on a lovely day which always helps. It might be a bit different on a wet Wednesday in November as the temperature drops and the wind whistles in. But the day we were there was the kind that the planners had in mind when they planned it all.
The building on the left is the Baltic. It used to be a Hovis flour mill but closed in the early 80s and, using mainly lottery money was restored and opened as an art gallery in 2011. Why it has a giant Ikea light strapped to its side is anyone's guess though.
I have to say the best thing about the Baltic was the cafe. Not a very large menu but really nice. I didn't get the art at all. There was a small black and white photographic exhibition of life in early 80s Newcastle that was quite good but apart from that it was just weird instillations that I don't get... Mostly piles of junk lying around. I know this is just my philistinic ignorance but...
The views from the top floor across the river and the city are really cool.
and this is the view looking across the city
However, you are at the level of the ledge where the pigeons rest and sleep and that gives a really weird view:
Next to the Baltic, still on the Gateshead side of the river is the Sage a music venue
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.