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A collection of blog posts with images taken in and around Bristol, United Kingdom.

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  • John Boiz R.I.P

    Best of Bristol 2019

    Bristol: these are some of my personal favourite images from 2019. They mainly feature some of the more mundane and less photographed parts of the city, but that’s the way I like it! In March I was able to get access to the demolition site of the old Sorting Office to capture the last days…

  • The LOVE Bridge

    Visit Bristol Takeover

    Recently Visit Bristol got in touch to offer me a weekend takeover of their Instagram feed. I was delighted, but also a little surprised – my pictures aren’t generally perceived as being ‘tourist friendly’ and I’m aware that not everyone shares my love of brutalist architecture and mundane suburban scenes. But Visit Bristol were looking…

  • Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

    Demolition of the Bristol Sorting Office

    At the end of March I was fortunate to get a quick tour of the demolition work being carried out by Kier of Bristol’s former sorting office at Temple Meads. The structure, which has been derelict since 1997, is being demolished to make way for the new Bristol University Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. The building…

  • Ashton Vale

    Metrobus Guideway

    The Bristol MetroBus is an express bus network that operates as a ‘guided busway’ along parts of its route. These images are taken on the section between Ashton Avenue Bridge and Ashton Vale in the South-West of the City This series of pictures were taken on a two hour walk in late December 2018. I…

  • Severnside Trading Estate, Avonmouth

    Severnside

    Sunday. A trip to the tip. But fortunately for me my local Household Waste Recycling Centre is located in Avonmouth, a curious landscape of light industry, docks, vehicle storage, wind and solar farms and the Severn Way footpath that runs alongside the estuary. I took the opportunity to take some pics…   If you like…

  • Dodge Van, Kingswood, Bristol BS15

    Kingswood. Bristol BS15

    It began as a trip to explore Staple Hill in East Bristol with Richard Ford, but the beauty of a minimal plan is that change is simple. The result was two separate evening visits, a week apart, to Kingswood, technically South Gloucestershire but very much a suburb of Bristol.   King Chase Shopping Centre The…

  • Cheverons

    Aust and the old Severn Bridge

    The other evening Richard Ford and I headed out to explore Aust in South Gloucestershire – site of the original Severn Bridge crossing from England into Wales. I’d seen Richard’s shots of the old Severn View Services building (once the site of the largest public cafeteria in the UK, but now an insurance call centre)…

  • Avonmouth. BS11. By Richard Ford

    Despite being a Bristol boy my entire life I’ve never had any real reason to visit the Avonmouth area, even though I live only a stones throw away, so I finally made the effort and visited in March this year. Avonmouth is a port and outer suburb of Bristol. It is located at the mouth…

  • Unidentified Abandoned Structure

    Intersection. The no man’s land beneath the M49 and M5.

    A trip out to the tip (or Household Waste Recycling Centre, to give it its proper title) at Avonmouth was enough to arouse my interest at the surreal no man’s land that surrounds the Kings Weston Lane site. This is where the M49 and M5 motorways intersect, it is also home to the Lawrence Weston…

  • Red Door

    Avonbridge Trading Estate

    I’ve had occasion to visit the Avonbridge Trading Estate twice this week, both times under some pretty dense white skies. The second time I made sure to have a camera with me and take a wander around. This place is pretty bleak, in only the way that a field full of giant sheds, electricity pylons…

  • Unofficial Skate Park on Festival Way

    Grimey Colour: Festival Way, Montpelier and Gloucester Road

    This post combines a few locations that work together. There’s a general theme of grimey Bristol colour seen in the grey light of the first months of this year… BRISTOL’S WHITE CITY On a late afternoon in January around the Cumberland Basin I found myself on Festival Way, the site of an unofficial skate park, White City…

  • Temple Gate House

    Bristol Temple Meads and Temple Gate

    Temple Gate – the area around Bristol Temple Meads station – is changing. It is being redeveloped as part of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone project. I’m relatively new to this city but it seems like this regeneration is both welcome and long overdue. There are currently a lot of empty and derelict buildings…

  • MetroBus Bridge Construction on Winterstoke Road

    Construction of the MetroBus Bridge

    Construction work on the MetroBus bridge on Winterstoke Road seems to be progressing at a pace. Since I last photographed the bridge in the middle of January I have been past a couple more timexs and the bridge has now extended over the Portbury freight railway line towards Colliter’s Brook. Further into the centre is the…

  • Gillian's Licensed Diner, Speedwell

    Corners of Bristol

    Some corners of Bristol from my wanderings around the city and suburbs. Everyday scenes of ordinary English streets, diners, cafés, takeaways, drive-thrus, pebbledash and streetart in Ashton, Bedminster, Fishponds, Speedwell, St George, St Phillips, Clifton and Temple Back.

  • Old Sorting Office, Bristol

    Feeder Road

    Sunday morning, first light on the Feeder Road in East Bristol. This building has been empty since 1997 when the Post Office moved to Filton, it is now part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and due to be demolished and replaced by the Temple Quarter Campus for Bristol University. The new facility is scheduled…

  • Ashton Gate Stadium

    MetroBus & Ashton Gate

    A quick trip out this morning to capture the building of the MetroBus flyover at Ashton Vale and grab a moody shot of Ashton Gate Stadium in the January drizzle.  

  • The Old Bookshop, Bedminster

    A year in Bristol

    Twelve months ago today we moved into our new house in Bristol. Despite being a confirmed Londoner for the previous 27 years, Bristol has very quickly felt like home. It’s a great city and a wonderful place to live. To celebrate the anniversary here are 12 of my personal favourite shots of from the past year.…

  • Hotwells Fog

    Bristol: Fog & Motion

    I awoke early the other morning and saw the fog, this was a perfect opportunity to get out and experiment with some ideas that I’d been mulling over – daytime motion shots. So, I headed down to Hotwells with my ND filters.

  • Cumberland Piazza, Hotwells, Bristol

    Cumberland Piazza, Bristol

    In 1965 the Cumberland Basin road scheme opened in Hotwells, Bristol. The scheme consisted of an elevated dual carriageway system above the entrance locks of the Cumberland Basin that also incorporated a swing bridge for shipping access. The complex arrangement of roads and ramps enabled traffic to be routed to whichever bridge was not being…