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Instagramming the Diff

For all the photo sharing addicts out there … there have been some cracking shots of the city over the past month. I was going to do a post profiling just one Instagrammer, but you’re all too good! So here we go – summer in the city, through your images.

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Amie + Josh

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Hoop dreams

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Finishing up with this one. Recognise her? She’s American, and off the telly or something …

If you’re keen for lovely pics of the city, don’t forget to follow IgersCardiff – they share the best of the rest and arrange Instameets where you can wander around and enjoy the city with fellow photography enthusiasts!

We Are Cardiff is on Instagram. At the moment we’re handing over our Instagram account to a different Cardiffian every month. Wanna play? Email us wearecardiff@gmail.com or send us a DM on Instagram.

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Cardiff Bay, the docks, the barrage, through a vintage lens…

Hi. Helia here. So here’s the thing. I’ve got a Nikon D3100 DSLR, for which I am roundly (and loudly) mocked by all my pals who are into photography. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert enough to even know the difference between this and any other DSLR, so I’ve never been bothered about upgrading.

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Stuff upgrading. In fact I’m downgrading … I’ve abandoned the original auto-focus lens that came with the camera in favour of this old Nikkor 28 lens that I found for pretty cheap on ebay (other ecommerce sites are available).

There is a plethora of information for DSLR photographers wanting to use old lenses on newer cameras … the only bummer is that there is nothing automated about this process (more advanced camera than mine will do some automated processes), but that’s meant speedy learning about aperture sizes, shutter speeds, and ISO. So MATHS …

Anyway, despite all the difficulties, I am sold on this lens! Things look lovely through it. Here’s a peak of Cardiff Bay on wintery days in November (there was no editing of these photos after I’d taken – apart from straightening some of them up, because apparently I am living perpetually on the diagonal).

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Women chatting, Hamadryad Park

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Cardiff Bay Trail sign

One of the old docks, Cardiff Bay

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Telescope, view over Cardiff Bay water

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Crane in One of the old docks, Cardiff Bay

Over exposed, Havannah Street Butetown

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Victorian lamp post, Cardiff Bay

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Over exposed crane in One of the old docks, Cardiff Bay

More of my vintage photography journey to come! And if you’re an avid photographer who’d like to share some of your pictures with us, please get in touch –  wearecardiff@gmail.com

Til next time …

Peas!

Helia x

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Your Cardiff photos on our Instagram: Doug Nichols

In January and February this year, Cardiff resident Doug Nichols has been providing some beautiful photos for our We Are Cardiff Instagram account.

Check out his pictures of Cardiff! Aren’t they lovely?

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When he’s not running, Doug Nicholls likes to take travel photos. Unfortunately he doesn’t travel as much as he’d like to. So this month he’s turning his lens on Cardiff, where he lives and works, to capture his perspective of the city for We Are Cardiff.

Check out Doug’s Flickr

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Llandaff Cathedral – photos by Rob Khoo

A while ago, reader Rob Khoo got in touch with some lovely photos of the National Museum in Cardiff. He’s been out with his camera again – this time, he’s been to Llandaff Cathedral. Here are his photos, and a little bit of info from Rob about his links to the place.

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My parents have strong links with Llandaff Cathedral. My mum has been cross stitching since she was a little girl (part of her Dutch heritage), so she took on the task at one point of redoing all the kneelers with a little band of volunteers.

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There’s hundreds of them… when one was finished the person responsible marked it with their initials. My dad got involved and did a few too (like you do). Dad died a few years ago… I was wandering around the Cathedral today taking pics and I found two kneelers that they made next to each other. Made me smile; there will be a bit of them both there for a good few years to come.
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Rob Khoo is a bicycle obsessed chef and musician who lives in Canton. He has lived in Cardiff all his life and has no intention of moving away. See Rob Khoo’s photographs on Flickr

Speaking of Llandaff Cathedral, it features heavily in our Cardiff ghost-hunt radio program. Have you listened in yet?

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July in Cardiff – street photography by Alex Feeney

In the month of July, Alex Feeney took hold of the We Are Cardiff Instagram lens and pointed it at all manner of things. Take a look at where he’s been…

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Cardiff, July 2014 by Alex Feeney

 

A final word from Alex:

I wanna go on the swings!! Sadly, that’s it from me folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed my rantings and randoms over the past few weeks. Thank you to the cool people of @wearecardiff for letting me muck up their feed. There are more RnRs over at my normal instahome of @ajfeen Hope to see you there. Hywl for now. Al x

 

Do you fancy taking over our lens for a month? Let us know on wearecardiff@gmail.com

Two more weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city… and welcome new photographer for July!

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

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So that was all from Tom – and now I’d like to welcome Alex Feeney to take control of our photographs for the next month! Here’s a little intro from Alex…

 

Hello, I’m Alex. I live in Canton/Llandaff, depending on how posh I’m feeling, and I’m taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram for the next month.

I’m a Cardiff migrant having moved here twice, despite not wanting to move here at all the first time round. Currently learning Welsh, badly.

By day I try to encourage people to get involved in the democratic process by having their say about the laws and policies which affect their everyday lives. By night I sleep.

Let’s be honest, there’s been a lot of Roath around here of late, which is lovely. There are very many lovely things to like about Roath.

But the ‘Diff is a bit bigger than that, so I’ll be (trying) to show some other stuff from my travels around the City. Either that or, when I get lazy, I’ll be regramming from my own feed over @ajfeen.

I like sleep but I don’t get any. Music, as long as it was released between 1982 and 1997. Sport, as long as I don’t have to pay to watch it. And social media, as long as you’re not expecting me to be all social about it. Hate being social.

I also hate the overuse of exclamation marks! I mean, what is that about?!!!!

Look forward to showing you my Cardiff for the next few weeks.

Al x
And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

100 days in Cardiff – the Glumms

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

The Glumms

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“This bronze statue stands at the top of Churchill Way and I pass by it most days. It is called ‘Family’ and depicts a man, woman, boy and girl – none of whom look too happy it must be said. Seems like a rather odd subject for a city’s main shopping street and often looks incongruous as they look on to the promotional antics of whatever campaigning roadshow is trying to get shoppers attention on that day. Who can blame them for feeling bored and glum …”

 

 

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

Two weeks in Cardiff – photography by Tom Beardshaw

Friend of the blog Tom Beardshaw has been manning our Instagram lens for the past two weeks – have a look at what he’s been up to throughout our city…

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Do you know where any of the above pics were taken?

Some more about Tom: he’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

100 days in Cardiff – the Coal Exchange

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

The Coal Exchange

The Coal Exchange

“It’s really sad to see this iconic and important building boarded up and effectively mothballed after years of neglect caused parts of the facade to crumble and cause a health and safety hazard. It was once one of the most important trading halls anywhere in the world – the first million pound cheque was written here at the height of the coal boom. It’s beautiful grand hall – the venue for many great gigs in recent years – now stands empty. According to the writing on the protective panels that have been erected around it in the last few weeks, it is now ‘seeking a new future’. It will need someone with access to quite a few million pound cheques before it can open its doors again…”

 

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

100 days in Cardiff – Wall Carving on the Pierhead Building

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

Wall Carving on the Pierhead Building

Wall Carving on The Pierhead Building

“Today’s picture is of a wall relief on one of Cardiff’s most recognisable buildings – The Pierhead. Once the control centre of the busiest docks in the world, it now stands as a memorial to the past and houses a permanent exhibition with lectures and conferences taking place in the Grand Hall that once bustled with international trade. Centrepiece of the relief is a steam engine to represent the constant flow of coal carrying trains into the docks from the valleys. The Bay today is pretty much unrecognisable from its industrial heyday, but the Pierhead Building remains, having seen it all.”

 

Thanks Jeremy! Catch you next time…

Four weeks in Cardiff – photography by Pearl Thomas

Big thanks to our girl Pearl Thomas for taking over the We Are Cardiff Instagram throughout the month of May this year. Here’s a little bit about Pearl:

My name is Pearl Thomas and i’ve lived in Cardiff my whole life. I’m a 22 year old Photography student in Cardiff and Vale & i’ve been accepted to study Documentary Photography in Newport University in September.

Since starting course it has opened my eyes to different areas of art and photography that I have pursued. It has given me the knowledge to match my enthusiasm to create photographs and art work that I never thought I could.

Although Photography is a huge part of my life, my second passion is human rights. Which coincides with my photography. I like to explore neighbourhoods and communities in order to shed light on the way people live. I believe everyone deserves to live on this planet  and no other person is above anyone else. I believe we should all come together rather than pushing people away based on anything.

Apart from human rights and Photography, I enjoy music gigs and festivals as well as just relaxing with friends and family.

I hope you enjoy my photographs – take a look at my website:
http://pearl-thomas.wix.com/pearlthomasdocphot

Pearl got some great snaps from around the city. Do you know where any of the following were taken?

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Hope you enjoyed this month’s exploration on Instagram! For the month of June, we’ve Tom Beardshaw (long-time friend of the blog) taking snaps for us around the city. Here’s a little bit about Tom:

Tom’s been a Cardiffian since 1996, when he arrived for a quick visit to a protest squat in Canton (anyone remember Yr Enfys?) and the van he was living in at the time broke down. Since being here, he’s work to strengthen children’s relationships with their fathers (he got Paternity Leave introduced into UK law in 2002 and founded www.dad.info) and more recently, he started the social media company NativeHQ, helping organisations like the National Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales use social technologies effectively. Tom’s based in Roath with his teenage son, Cole, who lives with him for half the week and you’ll find him on Twitter here → @tombeardshaw and on Instagram here → @t0m5k.

And remember, if you’d like to take control of the We Are Cardiff Instagram for a month, then give us a shout on wearecardiff@gmail.com. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just someone with a camera-phone and a healthy enjoyment of exploring your local area!

100 days in Cardiff – Ivor Novello

We Are Cardiff contributor Jeremy Rees is recording his days in and around Cardiff with 100 photographs of local points of interest. We’ll be publishing some of them here on We Are Cardiff – and make sure you tune in to Jeremy as he presents the Saturday Soulful Breakfast on Radio Cardiff!

Ivor Novello  

ivor novello statue by jeremy rees

“This bronze statue commemorates the songwriter and actor Ivor Novello who looks over to the Wales Millennium Centre. A couple of years ago a film maker worked with a group of young people in Riverside (where Novello grew up) on an animated film about his life and the impact of World War 1 on the area, using his songs as a soundtrack. For some reason I was asked to voice his character, and I even sang a few bars of ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’ ….so far there have been no offers for me to reprise the role with a full orchestra.”

 

Thanks Jeremy! And make sure you all tune into Radio Cardiff, online or 98.7FM. Catch you next time…