My trip to the UK over Easter happened to coincide with a Leica User Forum meet up in Bath on Easter Saturday. Since I was fairly local for once, I decided to make the journey down to bath to join a group of like-minded photographers. Although rain had been forecast, the weather was beautiful, and it was very enjoyable wandering around Bath.
It’s twenty years since I was last in Bath, and although I can’t remember much about that trip, I do remember it as being a lively student town (after all, my previous trip was to see whether the university would be a suitable place for me to study). It seems that it is still very lively today, and the good weather had brought out the crowds, and also the street performers, who were all there in force, hoping to earn enough money to buy a couple of Easter eggs…..
I spent most of the day chatting with fellow photographers, and ended up not taking as many shots as I had wished, but was happy with some of the results.
Street Performers in Bath
The Royal Crescent, Bath (wikipedia). This semi circle of 30 terraced houses was built in the eighteenth century by the architect John Wood the Younger. It is thought of as one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom, and is a Grade I listed building.
Although the houses along the Royal Crescent all appear identical from the outside, the first residents purchased a section of the exterior facade, and then employed their own architects to design the interior of the buildings, leading to some very different designs internally. Nowadays, the houses are either split up into flats, used as single residences, or in some cases turned into guest houses.
All of the doors in the Royal Crescent are painted white, with the exception of this yellow one. It was painted yellow by one of the previous residents in the 1970s, and, although Bath Council objected, the Secretary of State for the Environment overruled the court case and allowed the door to remain yellow. However since the building is Grade I listed, it is hard to make any significant changes to the exterior of the buildings without prior approval and planning permission, so the door has remained yellow ever since.
All of the access doors along the Royal Crescent are on the first floor. The ground floor appears to be a separate flat or basement area for the upper floors.
Holburne Museum of Art, Bath.
All the shots in this post were shot with the Summicron 28mm on the Leica M-E