Travel memories 3: UK

During several removals in the past many things went lost or are still in unopened boxes. Sometimes I open a box like a few weeks ago. This box contained photographs of some of our travels. Still looking for many, many, other travel memories; especially the numerous ones for my work to the USA. Hopefully these pop un in times to come.

Third impression is that of the UK; pictured are Rye and my favorite Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge. All pictures are scanned and where possible digital improved.

Salisbury Cathedral 1998

(reworked negative film)

This is, personal opinion, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. And believe me; I’ve seen quite a few of those ancient buildings. It’s a pity I did not make interior pictures at the time. Salisbury is one of my favourite towns in the UK. I’ve been numerous times in Salisbury. In the seventies I worked for 4 years in Bath and whenever I had time I drove to Salisbury for the day or whatever. But also between the seventies and our move to South Africa in 2000 I’ve been several times in the area and always scheduled¬†a detour to see this ‘Holy Building’. The last time was in 1998 when I made these pictures on negative film (digital photography was still in the ‘baby-shoes’). I’ve reworked the negatives but during the years quite a few negatives were severely damaged for whatever reason. Anyway; this is the result of a day’s hard work behind the computer. I used several techniques and layers and processing done in Photoshop, DxO Optics, Topaz and Photosuite Pro. What I also like of the cathedral is its location; in the center of town AND in the countryside (from where the pictures are made).

 

Back in time

Funny… When the church bells woke me at five this morning I went back 50 years when Ferre Grignard became famous in the European lowlands with the song ‘Ring, ring I’ve got to sing‘. As a 14 yr old I saw him performing in ‘De Muze’ in Antwerp (nowadays a famous jazz cafe.¬†Grignard was inspired by (a.o.) the American folk singer/activist Pete Seeger. Antwerp was in those days ahead of Amsterdam in terms of alternative lifestyle including the use of ‘hallucinogenic substances’ like LSD and hashish. It took a few years before Amsterdam woke up with ‘Paradiso’, ‘Fantasio’ and ‘Milky Way’ and became the European free haven (or ‘heaven’ if you like) for American wannabe ‘hippies’ arriving is 3-piece suits at the airport, changing into jeans at the Hilton, buying dried cow poo as hashish and got high between their ears in the Vondelpark. Those church bells also reminded me to Winchester (UK) in 1974 where a pub at (or near) the corner of Jewry Str and High Str. was the first known ‘coffee shop’ in Europe; the free h(e)aven for the South of England. Can you imagine tourists walking in the park next to the Winchester cathedral and inhaling the smell of “funny cigarettes”? Wonder where nowadays all the fuss is about legalising the cultivation and use of Cannabis sativa …

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