Thursday, April 30, 2009
The photo above shows a statue of the Duke of Wellington situated on Woodhouse Moor an area of parkland between Leeds city centre and Headingley.
Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, KP, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (c. 29 April/1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852), was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman, and one of the leading military and political figures of the nineteenth century. In an age of larger than life heroes think Nelson but not being killed at the height of his fame, this then is Arthur Wellesley who as a soldier defeated Napoleon then later became the British prime minister. He is I think the only serving prime minister of these islands to fight a duel. I really cannot imagine Gordon Brown fighting for anyones honour.
After his death people in Leeds subscribed towards a memorial and Queen Victoria's favourite sculptor, Baron Carlo Marochetti was commissioned to sculpt the bronze statue to sit in front of the under construction Leeds town hall. In 1937 the statue was moved to its current position on Woodhouse Moor near University Road.
I suspect some student added the red paint to his boots.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The photo above shows a detail of the statue erected in memory of Arthur Louis Aaron VC, DFM (5 March 1922–13 August 1943) in Leeds city centre. Arthur Aaron was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
This statue on the Eastgate roundabout, commemorates Arthur Aaron (an old boy of Roundhay School)who was chosen by thousands of Leeds residents to be the subject of a sculpture marking the new millennium.
Arthur Aaron was a bomber pilot in World War 2.
On 12 August 1943 during a raid on Turin, Italy, Flight Sergeant Aaron's bomber was hit by gunfire. The Stirling was very badly damaged; Three engines were hit, the windscreen shattered, the front and rear turrets put out of action and the elevator control damaged, causing the aircraft to become unstable and difficult to control. The navigator was killed, other members of the crew were wounded, Flight Sergeant Aaron's jaw was broken and part of his face was torn away. He had also been hit in the lung and his right arm was useless. Despite his terrible injuries he managed to level the aircraft out at 3000ft. Unable to speak, Flight Sergeant Aaron urged the bomb aimer with gestures to take over the controls. The crippled bomber made for the nearest Allied bases in North Africa.
Aaron was then assisted to the rear of the aircraft and given morphia. After resting he insisted on returning to the cockpit where he was lifted back into his seat where he made a determined effort to take control and fly the aircraft although his weakness was evident and he was eventuall persuaded to desist. In great pain and suffering from exhaustion he continued to help by writing directions with his left hand.
Five hours after leaving the target fuel was now low, but Bone airfield was sighted. Flight Sergeant Aaron summoned his failing strength to successfully direct the bomb aimer in belly-landing the damaged aircraft in the darkness.
He died nine hours after the aircraft touched down, he was 21 years of age.
The scuplture was unveiled on Saturday 24 March 2001 by Malcolm Mitchem, the last surviving member of Aarons aircrew. The statue of the young bomber pilot was commissioned from Barnsley artist Graham Ibbeson, who aslo made the well known statue of Eric Morecambe the comedian.
The photograph above shows the entire sculpture, viewed towards Eastgate, Leeds.
The sculpture features the bomber pilot as a young man, who had just graduated in architecture at the University of Leeds, standing at the foot of a tree, up which are climbing three children progressively representing the passage of time between 1950 and 2000, with the last a girl releasing a dove of peace, all representing the freedom his sacrifice helped ensure
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This photo was the only frame I managed to get all 10 ducklings in one shot. Their mother had flown off and all of them were giving off frantic cheeps. These are the first ducklings I have yet seen this year on the Leeds - Liverpool canal around Saltaire. Their mother came back around 5 minutes later, good news all round.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Yesterday I posted a flower, the speedwell photographed by me in Leeds city centre. Today the photograph shows the label on a lemonade bottle produced by a company called Fentimans.
Fentimans produces a range of adult soft drinks including Traditional Ginger Beer, Victorian Lemonade, Mandarin Seville Orange Jigger and Curiosity Cola and continues to process its brews using the same traditional methods as almost 100 years ago by combining the finest herbs, natural flavourings, sugar and brewers yeast and leaving the ingredients to ferment for seven days.
The Victorian lemonade is very good and not found everywhere and contains extract of Speedwell.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This small plant is in the UK commonly called the speedwell is the Germander speedwell and is a variety of Veronica, many would think it a weed. I would be very happy to find it growing in any lawn that I might tend, it is very small and the flowers are a very bright blue. I have always been fond of this little flower, as a child my first school was called Speedwell school and later as a boy I lived opposite Speedwell street.
I discovered recently a lemonade that lists speedwell extract as an ingredient, like many whilst drinking the pop I idly looked at the label and was transported back to my childhood by the name of this small weed! I took the photograph in the heart of Leeds city centre close to the parish church, people walking past probably wondered why I was on my hands and knees photographing a small patch of grass.
I dedicate this post to Joy over at Norwich Daily Photo, knowing how she loves flowers.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This photo shows the outside of Cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds. Cafe Lento is a family business run by Richard and his daughter and they are proud to serve quality coffee (Lavazza Tierra) and home cooked food using local, seasonal and fairtrade ingredients.
The inside of Cafe Lento is a nice place to sit back with a coffee and relax with a paper. One wall is a well organised notice board for local gigs and Cafe Lento has both music and poetry evenings.
21a North Lane
Friday, April 24, 2009
I called into Cafe Lento in Headingley to get some photos for a future post on the Leeds Photo Daily and little later whilst I was drinking a delicious latte this chap came in. He is James Hardisty a photographer with the Yorkshire Evening Post. James was at the Lento to get some photographs for a feature the paper was doing. I said hello and it turns out he knows my friend photographer Lorne Campbell, we swapped cards and James let me take his picture.
James was kind and asked if I was happy with the pics I had taken, knowing he was against the light in the doorway. So I took another of him outside photographing the front of the cafe.
I will post more from the cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds tomorrow.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I was in the tourist office in Bradford city centre when these two young ladies were looking for a quote about St George's Day. They are from BCB - Bradford Community Broadcasting, I gave them a quote and then asked if I could photograph them. They kindly said yes and here they are Dee and Kat.
April 23rd is St George's Day (Patron Saint of England) It is the church festival of St. George, regarded as England’s national day (although not an official bank holiday).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
These smartly dressed young men are on a mission and are from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North America. I should have written down their names, but was having a problem with camera and thought wrongly I would be able to read their name badges later.
I often see these young people in Leeds city centre, this day it was on Briggate and am always happy to say hello. These young men and women are far from home and their loved ones going to a strange land ( that just about sums up Yorkshire) to ask people to think more about god and read the book of Mormon. I realise there is a lot more to it than that but I am no expert on their church.
The young man in the middle is from Canada and the other 2 are from Utah and I do admire any young person doing their bit for something they believe in.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In 1840 Headingley became the site of Leeds' Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Despite the opening of Headingley railway station, serving the gardens, in 1849, the zoo was a loss-making venture and closed in 1858. The bear pit survives and can still be seen on Cardigan Road. I see nothing wrong in having a bear pit, just as a reminder that bears really do not belong in any kind of pit.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This Smart car is the first to be featured on the Leeds Photo Daily, oh how I have been tempted to take some photographs of my very own Smart! I have resisted the temptation so far. This Smart I saw on North Lane, Headingley and is I guess owned by people at Cafe Lento on this road.
I guess many of my readers from the USA have yet to see one of these in the metal. Although my friend Bridget keeps me updated whenever she spots one in Minnesota, now they have a dealership in the state.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This photo shows the Cottage Road cinema in Headingley. There cannot be many students in Leeds who have not seen a film in this wonderful historic cinema. I saw several films at the cottage road when I was a stundent here in Leeds.
I have had a love of film since childhood and still see many films on the big screen today. Mostly I watch blockbusters on DVD on my TV but I go often to see art-house, indie and foreign language movies at the cinema. I think I saw Amelie 4 or 5 times at Pictureville cinema in Bradford.
When I first came to leeds there were several cinemas in the city centre, now there is one the Vue in The Light complex. I recall discovering that at the height of the cinema there were I think 112 cinemas in Leeds. Sadly one by one these have all gone and there are very few independents left.
The cottage road cinema has been showing films since 1912, that is before the Great War 1914-18, incredible! Unlike nearly all other cinemas it started life as a stable that was built in 1835 and was adapted into a cinema in 1912 after becoming a motor garage. It started showing films when it was called The Headingley Picture House.
As you can see from the poster in the photo it is showing the classic from 1945 "Brief Encounter" as a one off on Wed 29th April 2009. Brief Encounter is a wonderful film starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, directed by David Lean. probably one of the most memorable films not to win an Oscar. I have not seen this film for many years but I love this quote Laura: I wish you'd stop talking. I wish you'd stop prying and trying to find things out. I wish you were dead - no, I don't mean that. It was silly and unkind, and I shouldn't have said it. But I do wish you'd stop talking.
Celia Johnson was married to Peter Fleming, an explorer, writer and brother of Ian Fleming, from 1935 until his death in 1971. I love his books and have his book from 1936 "News from Tartary" which I recommend to anyone who loves interesting well written travel books.
Something I discovered this year Johnson and Fleming had a daughter Lucy Fleming. Lucy is best known for her role as Jenny Richards in the 1970s BBC drama Survivors which I loved and saw recently again. They remade the series last year.
Cottage Road Cinema
Telephone: (0113) 275 1606
Address: 7 Cottage Road, Leeds, LS6 4DD
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I saw this beautiful dog on the train into Leeds city station and chatted to the owner. He is called Mika and yes he is a samoyed as I thought and being 16 months old is still easily distracted. I asked his owner if I could take his photograph after we arrived into Leeds station. Being proud of her pet she agreed and his portrait can be seen above.
As you can see in the photo above his owner had a treat for him in an effort to keep him pointing in my direction. I am very pleased to have met Mika who has a very nice nature.
Oddly when I mentioned this to my good friend Bridget in St Paul, MN she was very surprised that dogs were allowed on trains here in the UK. Apparently in her home state this is not the case. I should point out that Bridget is the proud owner of an Australian cattle dog puppy called Angus.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The more observant of anyone who has ever been to Headingley will know that the dry stone wall in the photograph above is not in headingley and they would be quite right.
This wall is not far outside the village of Haworth in Bronte country where I walked on this bank holiday monday. Yorkshire has many thousands of miles of dry stone wall, some of them very old and date back more than 2000 years. Many walls are around 200 years old and can be seen all over Yorkshire. This wall has an old step stile built into it and also there is a gap for sheep built into the wall too called a cripple hole.
The connection with Headingley lies in the photograph below taken of a newly built stretch of dry stone wall around a small car park not far from the Arndale centre on Otley road. I do not often encounter a new wall built using this old method, especially in cities like Leeds.
Dry stone walls are built by carefully selecting the stones to fit together and unlike a brick wall no mortar is used to cement them in place. The mortar would be wet, which is why they are called dry stone walls.
I will visit the dales over the next few weeks and the Leeds Photo Daily will do a post showing the mosaic of dry stone walls in the Yorkshire Dales.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
When I was finding somewhere to park I passed a chap with a wheelbarrow with plants in it. Later returning I saw the above scene and asked a few questions and took some photographs.
These volunteers are planting for Headingley in Bloom and they are working on the verge fronting Salvos restaurant. Funny thing, normally I get names and I always like to give people a mention. They were far too busy, I guess being from an older generation they don't volunteer for any credit. That said, I admire their work.
You can see the Arndale centre that I wrote about on the Leeds Photo Daily
daily yesterday in the far LH of the picture above.
Headingley is around 2 miles from Leeds city centre and is nationally known as the home of Yorkshire county cricket, Leeds Rhinos ( rugby league) and Leeds Carnegie (rugby union).
Headingley is also the primary student area of Leeds with Leeds Metropolitan University having a campus at Becket Park in Headingley and it is close to both the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University campuses. Many students from these 2 universities live in the district.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I was walking into Headingley to take some photographs for the Leeds photo daily when I saw the guy in the photograph above and thought great picture for a post.
The building he is on is the quite large and well known local landmark in Headingley, Leeds the Arndale centre on Otley road. It is being given a facelift costing around £2.5 million but that was not caught my eye this day. I often wondered how windows on these tall builings get cleaned, now I know.
The Leeds photo daily will spend the next few days exploring stories and photographs from Headingley over the next few days.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
In the photograph above you will see a Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) the smallest bird of the crow family (corvids). Jackdaws remind me very much of my childhood growing up in Oxford, they often nest in and around old tall buildings and we livid in one. They are a very social bird and its very distinctive call can be heard wherever they congregate. Their call is a high-pitched metallic sounding "tchack", after which it is thought they are named.
The walls of the ruined Kirkstall Abbey are ideal for jackdaws. On the day I took the photograph above there were quite a few jackdaws wheeling high above the ground around these walls.
The jackdaw like the magpie has quite a few myths and folklore superstitions about it. In some cultures, a jackdaw on the roof is said to predict a new arrival. Alternatively, a jackdaw settling on the roof of a house or flying down a chimney is an omen of death and coming across one is considered a bad omen. But not for me!
On the park sign at the entrance to the parkland it says there are woodpeckers, nuthatches and bats I never saw any of these. Perhaps on another day, if you visit the Abbey and its parkland you will be more fortunate, it is a haven for wildlife.
Over the next few days the Leeds photo daily will be exploring a little of Headingley an area of Leeds a little north of the city centre.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I returned to the funfair in Lister Park, Bradford for a little while to try a few more low light, moving object photographs. I quite like this photo of the ferris wheel.
You can see a couple more pictures on my earlier post on Lister Park, bradford Fair here.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I suddenly realised what a great chance to get some photographs the funfair in Lister Park, Bradford, Yorkshire might be.
Above in the photograph you can see 3 young Polish girls having fun, the machine was spinning really fast and I only managed one decent picture of them. Normally I would name them in this blog, however I had not taken a pen to the fair and between the four of us there was none.
The fair is on 9 Apr 2009 - 14 Apr 2009 in
North Park Road,
off Manningham Lane
I have been interested in photography since I was a boy I used to have a funny little russian camera. Later I got an OM1 and used to develop and print pictures too. My interest dwindled almost to nothing these last few years although I bought an Olympus E-500 2 years back but untill the last few months I mostly photographed things with my mobile phone.
This blog has reignited my interest in photography and I have taken more photographs in the last couple of weeks than in the previous 10 years. I had never before taken photographs like the above with low light and moving subjects before, but I think they are not too bad and indeed quite like the results.
I have been helped recently by my good friend photographer Lorne Cambell whose pictures appear regularly in the national press. Lorne is a very good photographer and he has been kind and encouraged me and shown me how good my camera is when used by someone who knows what they are doing.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The above photo shows a photographer, bride and groom at Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall, Leeds.
Not being a wedding photographer I had never really given much thought to wedding photographs and where they might be taken. On the day I visited Kirkstall Abbey I spotted these 3 people and it took me a few seconds to realise what it was that they had been doing. Just as I turned a corner they were packing up a champagne bottle and glasses I guess perhaps the ceremony was at a registry office and that scene is not really romantic or scenic.
In the 18th century the The ‘picturesque’ movement in landscape painting made popular ruins in landscape paintings. The result of this was that Kirkstall Abbey then set in an almost rural setting with both woodland and a river provided inspiration for many artists including JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin. It would seem this tradition is still current but brought up to date with wedding photographer and digital camera.
One of the best known Yorkshire born novelists Charlotte Bronte the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature once had ambitions to become an artist and in 1834 exhibited pencil drawings of both Bolton Abbey and Kirkstall Abbey both in Yorkshire.
The photo above shows another view of Kirkstall Abbey in Yorkshire. There are several ruined abbeys in Yorkshire but I cannot think of another quite so close to the heart of a major city like Leeds.
Friday, April 10, 2009
The above photo is a view inside the visitors centre at Kirkstall Abbey, Kirkstall, Leeds.
Like many tourist attractions these days it is very child friendly and both fun and educational too. The visitor centre is built on the site of the abbey Reredorter (lay brothers toilets).
Today some of the former grounds of Kirkstall abbey have become a park on the north bank of the river aire with 23.5 hectares of open grassland, walks and historical remains. Kirkstall abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys in the UK and can be explored free of charge.
Both Kirkstall abbey and the Abbey House Museum, Leeds are on the Leeds Heritage Waterfront Trail and are on well serviced bus routes from Leeds city centre around 3 miles away.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The above photograph shows a view of Kirkstall Abbey built by cistercian monks. Kirkstall abbey was founded in 1152 as a daughter house of Fountains Abbey, now in North Yorkshire, near Ripon. I say now in North Yorkshire because until modern times there was just one Yorkshire.
Henry VIII disolved the monastaries and in 1539 the monks were forced out. The buildings were stripped of windows, roofs and furnishings to prevent to monks returning. Eventually the buildings fell into disrepair and many of the builings were used to house livestock.
At one point the estate was owned by the Earls of Cardigan most famous perhaps for the 7th Earl Lieutenant General James Thomas Brudenell KCB(16 October 1797 – 28 March 1868) commanded the Light Brigade of the British Army during the Crimean War.
Who in England cannot recall the famous poem entitled The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, whose lines have made the charge a symbol of warfare at both its most courageous and its most tragic. Also the cardigan, woolen garment. Sorry I digress..
Following the sale of the Cardigan estates in 1889, the abbey and its immediate lands where purchased by Colonel John North who donated it to the City of Leeds Corporation. The abbey was opened to the public by The Lord Mayor of Leeds and the Bishop of Ripon on 14th September 1895.
The photo above shows part of the visitor centre that now welcomes visitors to this romantic ruined abbey. In the photo you can see at the rear a clothes hanging on a rail that children can dress up in to give them a feel for the period.
Kirkstall abbey, Leeds is just the other side of the A65 leeds road from the Abbey House Museum from earlier posts on the Leeds photo daily, around 3 miles from leeds city centre.
There will be more views of Kirkstall abbey on the Leeds daily photo over the next few days. I used to see a view of Kirkstall abbey daily on my commute into the city but I had not visted it for many years. Since I started the Leeds photo daily I have become a tourist here in Yorkshire daily. I was nearly 30 when I first moved to yorkshire from the south of England and in many ways I will always be an outsider, but that is fine because I can look at things perhaps with more than one glance.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The photo above ahows a corner of the Cafe in the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds. The cafe is in the oldest part of the building and dates from the 12th Century. The cafe extends outside the build so on a dry day you can sit in view of the abbey ruins nearby.
As can be seen in the photo above I had the carrot cake and a coffee and enjoyed both.
Over the next few days the Leeds photo daily will feature photographs of Kirkstall abbey, taken by me shortly after I finished my carrot cake and coffee.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The photo above shows a childrens play area in the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds. The museum contains a nationally important collection of toys and games and is very child friendly.
The photograph above shows a recreated street of around 1880 that can be explored at the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds.
The museum is:
Abbey House Museum
Abbey Road, Kirkstall
Museum opening times:
Monday closed all day
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12noon - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
This is another place where holders of the Leedscard get a 20% discount on the entry charge. The Leeds card is well worth having because holders get in free at both Tropical World, Roundhay Park, Leeds and also Temple Newsam Home Farm and House, Leeds.
So if you like stately houses, piglets or especially meerkats and visit Yorkshire or live here get a Leedscard from Leeds city council and see these and more for free. I will try to do a feature on the Leeds photo daily of all the places where the Leedscard gets discounts or freebies.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The photo above shows one of the rooms in the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds this room is a recreation of a Victorian nursery of around 1880, I love the wheeled cow.
The photograph above is a view of the Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds in Yorkshire.
Abbey House was built as a gatehouse to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds built by Cistercian monks who started building Kirkstall Abbey in 1152. The monks were given the land by Henry de lacy, a descendent of Ilbert de lacy who was given land around Kirkstall by William I, best known today as William the conqueror.
The gatehouse is the oldest part of Abbey House and today houses the cafe. In 1539 King Henry VIII disolved the monasteries, the monks were forced out of the abbey and it fell into ruin. The last abbot, John Ripley, made the gatehouse, Abbey House, his home until his death in 1568. From then on the house became a residence to notable Leeds families. In 1925 the house was sold to Leeds corporation, becoming a museum in 1927.
Over the next few days the Leeds photo daily will explore more of the Abbey House Museum, Leeds and also Kirkstall Abbey, both of these are around 3 miles from Leeds city centre along the A65.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I saw this car parked in Frizinghall, Bradford on my journey to Saltaire and thought if it was still there on my return trip I would park up and get a photograph or two for the Leeds daily photo.
As you can see it was still there so I stopped and took a few photographs of this as yet unknown to me vehicle. The owner saw me and came out for a chat about his car. Turns out it is a Spartan kit car based on a Ford Cortina, earlier models were based on the Triumph Herald, but this one started life as a Cortina as seen in the TV show Life on Mars.
When the current owner bought this vehicle it had been left outside for many years and was very much a non-runner. He has spent a lot of money and even had parts made abroad to get it to its current state as his daily drive. I too have a slightly unusual roadster so I know where he is coming from.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
All over Yorkshire and indeed the north of England, the fields have lots of sheep waiting and quite a few lambs are here already. I pass the field shown in the photograph above quite often and I look to see if there are any lambs, none yet.
The photo above shows a lamb at Home Farm - Temple Newsam estate, Leeds. This little lamb is a Kerry Hill a breed of domestic sheep here in the UK, I think around 2 weeks old. The Kerry Hill is I think a most attractive sheep, the breed has very distinctive facial colouring. The Kerry Hill was taken off the The Rare Breeds Survival Trust watchlist in 2006, so I think numbers have increased.
On any day there are lots of small children brought by there mums (mostly) visiting Home Farm - Temple Newsam estate, Leeds a place where they can get up close and personal with lambs, piglets, ducks and some very cute rabbits not far from Leeds city centre.
Friday, April 3, 2009
The above photo shows four young people who are students at Leeds College of Music busking in Leeds city centre.
Jessica Crabtree - violin, John Cummins - violin, Anne Griffiths - viola, David Hornberger - cello are the Lauta String Quartet. I listened to them for a while and they do a good version on the Bond film theme (which they described as fun music), they were quick to point out they also do more serious stuff too.
The are in front of the old Church Institute building on the corner of Lands lane and Albion place Leeds, this historic building now houses amogst other things La Senza.
The photograph above shows the old Church Institute building which was erected 1866-68.
As can be seen by the photo above there is a plaque on the building placed there by the Leeds Civic Trust.
The Leeds photo daily did a post on red nose day 2009 with a photograph from outside this building earlier this year.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The photo above shows one of a pair of lions installed and unveiled in Lister Park, Bradford this weekend. The pair of lions stand in front of the childrens play area Lister Park not far from the boating lake.
Above in the photograph you can see the pair of lions cast in bronze from an original that stood in the Lister Park until removed to storage some years before.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
A friend in Saint Paul, MN asked me if I had seen the meerkats in Roundhay Park, Leeds. I had to confess, they were news to me, I had not visted Tropical World set in Roundhay Park in many years.
So I visted the park and took some photographs of my visit for the Leeds photo daily, including the photo shown above. The meerkats are behind a perspex? screen, so the photo is not as clear as most of the photography on this blog.
This post is the 100th of the Leeds photo daily and I would like to thank my readers for their comments over the past 3 months. Can I also thank the wider City daily photo community for their help and suggestions since I decided to start the Leeds daily photo back in December last year.