Yesterday morning we wandered for three hours in Leeds discovering, sketching and “getting lost” (not joking, some of us really got lost!). It was a kind of treasure hunt!
We had just an old map of Leeds, a pen and our sketchbook, to go and follow the “warps and wefts” of the city to find out what of the old history still exist, the big changes that occurred.
Starting from the Leeds Bridge, with some cool people, we explored the city and discover the traces of the old textile manufacture, that I’ve been studying in these months, and I even discover some new details!
It’s the drawing effect: by using pen and paper you not only represent what you see, you learn to, and you can communicate quickly and simply your thoughts to someone else.
So thanks to Vale and Flora that suggested us this new way of seeing and to the all people that have come!
Just 25 minutes away from Leeds. High towers, narrow medieval streets, little shops and hidden libraries, yellow daffodils and old trains.
Morning walk into the “cradle of Industrial Revolution” for some pictures, videos and spectrophotometer testing.
Once again astonished by the mix of old and new, by the conversion of old industrial buildings and the efforts to relaunch the area.
History has not been hidden, it’s been reinvented.
These places are able to tell stories and together to look to their future questioning:
What could we be tomorrow?
“I love towns, they’re like friends to me. When I haven’t seen them for some time, I miss them ad I want to see them again to find out if they’ve changed.”
A barge on the Aire&Calder navigation approaching the Skelton Grange Power Station
The Rag and the Bone Man, Burmantofts
East Grove Street, Burmantofts
The sewing room, burton’s factory, hudson road
The pressing Department, Burton’s factory, Hudson Road
Haze over Burley, Westfield Crescent
Kirkstall Power Station, from Bankfield Road, Kirkstall, 1954
Eldon Terrace, Woodhouse Lane, 2004
City Square, 2004
Bus on Boar Lane, 2004
Bankfield Road, Kirkstall, 2004
And that’s exactly what he did. In a inspiring way.
The young Marc Riboud, following Robert Capa’s suggestion, first met Leeds in 1954, to makes pictures of it for the Picture Post. At that time, the magazine were publishing a series of pictures entitled “The best and the worst of English cities” an Leeds was the only town that left. 50 years after, in 2004, Marc Riboud, now a famous Magnun photographer, came back to Leeds to re-photograph it. So they became a book and a exhibition.
But it found difficult to duplicate his earlier photograph.
The city’s been growing and changing. And now, after only 10 years since his last visit, what could he find?
But nowadays anyone has a camera. The knowledge is share and spread.
What if anyone could try this experience? And hunt for those “lasting moments”?
Mysterious discoveries on the way to the Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market (that was also very nice!)