Monday, 27 July 2015

Bletchley Block C, Baby Seat and Thin Blue Line

Bletchley Block C :- For many decades the secrets and stories of Bletchley Park remained hidden. Those that had worked there and sworn to the official secrets act in the 30's and 40's had remained tight lipped, some had even carried their secrets to the grave. But then something happened and 'Bletchley Park' suddenly became synonymous with stories of Alan Turing and the code breakers. The secret was out. The dilapidated huts and buildings that had been hidden in plain site in Milton Keynes were lovingly restored, cypher machines and computers were rebuilt, a vast collection of real Enigma machines were put on display and Bletchley Park surprisingly then opened its doors to the public. It's an incredible place to look around and explore, I spent the entire day there walking the halls and corridors of the code breakers as I read up on their stories and discovered their genius. This shot is of the interior of "Block C" which is now the entrance and visitor centre to the entire site. This Grade II listed block was once housed the Hollerith section (Bletchley’s punch card intelligence index, machinery and staff) which was key to the success of Bletchley Park’s Second World War code-breaking work. It was here that the recordings of decryption information for the German Enigma codes were stored and filed thus creating a huge cross-referencing system. It's hard to beleive and get your head around the fact that this was all done by hand and that at its busiest two million cards per week were being used!

Baby Seat :- Shopping trolleys are the scourge of Britain. The never steer straight when you are trying to use them and they are forever being left by the wayside and abaondoned in the streets to seemingly breed in number. It's impossible to go out without seeing at least one or two lurking on a street corner or hiding up some alleyway. This one was uncerimonioulsy left in a car park at Brighton Marina. It caught my eye as it's not often that you see one discarded with a baby seat still attached to it. It also grabbed my attention because I thought it was the worst place you'd want to 'park' one and remove your baby due to the filfthy wall and unclean conditions. Photographically speaking it was a gift and a visual treat that I couldn't pass up on.

Thin Blue Line :- Keep it simple. Well, that's sometimes easier said than done. I have often set out with the camera with the intent to shoot space and a few minimal scenes and have often failed miserably as the opportunities either didn't arise or I over complicated things by trying to be far too clever for my own good. This was one of those few moments where it did actually all fall together for me. This was shot last Thursday (23rd July 2015) at around 8 pm. The beach was empty, the sky was blue as was the thin stretch of English Channel that was visible from my view point on the promenade between Duke's Mound and the Marina. Nobody walking dogs or sittiing on the beach to get in my shot. Just pebbles, sea and sky.

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