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Arching to the light to create space,
echoes of collapsed limestone caves,
trader and merchant, family servant, slave,
dirt and straw flooded by man and beast,
this home to times past.

A view looking down the Shambles in York in the late winter evening, with the weather trying to decide between rain, snow and ice just after Boxing Day.

This street of butchers is such a draw to tourists and locals and with moments like this, you can see why.

Converted into black and white and best viewed large.

Shot on an Olympus E30.

Featured by the kind hosts of the Wide Angle Photography Group and the Olympus and Four Thirds Group and the Black and White Enthusiasts Group and Black and White Photography Group and Yorkshire Photography Group


clickinhistory, shambles, york, north yorkshire, windows, urban, night photography, streets, winter


  • Dara Hurt
    Dara Hurtover 3 years ago

    Wow! Again..if not for the modernly dressed person, I would think you had a time machine!! Wonderful image!!

  • LOL the ghosts of York like to stay up to date with fashion trends ;)

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  • InPort
    InPortover 3 years ago

    G’day RICHARD!

    Such a wonderful night time street scene of this historical place.
    The inclusion of the human figure helps make this image sing and the converging walls effect of the wide angke lens adds mood, menace and mystery to the imagery.

    I am reminded of a documentary I once saw, ‘The Ascent of Man’ and there was a segment about Albert Einstein and obviously about his ‘Theory of Relativity’. By way of explanation they used a journey in the same tram Albert used to ride to and from work. The simulation of approaching the speed of light caused the building to converge just like this. It is a great doco and I hope to obtain a copy one day. Thanks for the memory.


  • Sounds like a great documentary Dennis, night time is one of the best times to shoot York, even better when we have had rain, the old building seem to come back to life

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  • Victor Bezrukov
    Victor Bezrukovover 3 years ago

    beautiful night photography !
    love the wet stones and reflection and beautiful geometry of walls and windows
    well done work

  • Thanks Waiting, this is a street that always has been a draw to the camera

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  • Jeanie
    Jeanieover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Jeanie

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  • Jeanie
    Jeanieover 3 years ago

    You caught a very good image of the Shambles here.. love it!

  • It is a hard place to find a new view of it as it has been photographed so many times, but that is also it’s challenge :) Thanks Jeanie

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  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 3 years ago

    Great night shot with superb contrasts and reflections.

  • Thank you Adri, pleased with how this turned out in the end.

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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic image.

  • Thank you Lyn

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  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    Love the title – so appropriate.

  • Thank you Marriet

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  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    Very stylish photograph.

  • Thank you again Marriet

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  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Swaby

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