Bellinzona is the main city in the Swiss Canton of Ticino. I first stopped here in April 2011. A couple of “lucky” shots:
During my first year on the committee of the Southampton University Photographic Society, we organised a trip (on the cheap; Ryanair flights and campsite-style accommodation) for 36 of us to Venice. At the last minute, I chose to substitute my then-new EOS5 in place of the two Olympus OM series manual-focus SLRs I had intended to take. I don’t think I regretted that decision.
My first visit to the Czech capital revealed a bright city full of tourists, where a few relics from the Communist era can still be found hidden amongst the new cars and shops.
Architect Sir Giles Glibert Scott was responsible for the iconic red phone booths of the early 20th century and the Art Deco “Cathedral of Power”, Battersea Power station, the last part of which closed in 1983. This example of the phone booth has been left on the north bank of the Thames near Pimlico, with the power station the other side of the river. Although derelict and having changed owners several times as their development plans came to nothing, the coal cranes that would have unloaded the fuel from ships travelling up the Thames still stand. February 2009.