Weight and Stuff Report – 19 July 2014

Down again today. The weather forecast for today was for rain and lots of it. At one point, this area was covered by a Met Office Amber Warning, which means that while it’s not quite time to build an ark, you should probably have the materials to hand. This was downgraded to a Yellow Warning of rain[1], which means it’s quite likely to rain heavily.

But either way, it wasn’t really going to be a going out with the camera day, so I did some other things after the usual breakfast and shopping. I stated with a look around my local art gallery – the Shipley, which has some good stuff on show at present. There’s a selection from the gallery’s crafts selection, which ranges from tapestry to really nice sculpture. And there are two rooms featuring selections from the gallery’s collection that are not seen very often.

I then went to the Laing in Newcastle, which has a number of interesting things on. All that is solid melts into air is a fascinating collection of stuff relating to the impact of the industrial revolution. But for me, the best thing on show at the moment is Mariner 9, an enormous high definition video installation that’s described as:

Created using NASA’s own data, Mariner 9 shows Mars and is set 200 years in the future. The planet’s landscape is littered with the rusting remains of real and imagined spacecraft with some of them still showing signs of life – flickering, moving and transmitting data back to Earth where possibly there is no one left to receive it.

It’s huge and incredibly detailed. The battered old probes go through the motions of their original tasks – wheels spin, lights flicker, sampling instruments try to collect samples, while dust blows across the scene. It was previously shown in the Spanish City dome in Whitley Bay, where I managed to miss it. Don’t do the same this time – it’s well worth a visit to the Laing for this alone.

After that, I did some mild shopping and came home.

Today’s photo is another but of interesting architecture. This is another bit of student housing…



Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 12 July, 2014
Location: 54° 58.3947′ 0″ N 1° 37.2896′ 0″ W

The pattern of coloured tiles is a similar concept to that used on parts of the Gateshead town centre development. Must be a popular thing these days. I like it, anyway.

[1] I keep reading that wrong. Ewwww.