I decided to go into Belfast during the Belsonic Festival and found the city surprisingly peaceful. Walking down the Quay, Lagan Weir, caught my eye. I wanted to try and capture the peaceful vibe, despite the festival that was taking place just over the river behind Custom House in the Square.
As you can see the cloud cover was excellent and made for some very dramatic images
Donegal Quay provided a beautiful view down the River Lagan out towards the Irish Sea.
A walk down Oxford Street reminded me that in among the modern buildings, like the Waterfront Hall and Laganside Magistrates Courtof there was a beautiful little reminder of the past in the form of the now unused St Malachy's Christian Brothers School. The school opened in 1874 and served as a school until it closed in 1972, although intake to the school stopped in 1966. I'm sure that some former pupils will have interesting memories of their time there. Until recently the old school was in use as offices for a solicitor's practice.
My walk took me down past the Waterfront Hall. Normally the Hall is bustling with activity, but tonight it was quite and uneventful. I decided to leave the reflections from the streetlights in the image as, to me, it adds to the character of the shot.
The final image taken from my last night tour of the Queen's Bridge area is of the Bridge itself. Walking up the side of the Waterfront Hall, it brought me to the banks of the Lagan again, and as I walked up the Quay the beautiful reflection of the bridge in the water was something I could not ignore.
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