Chester Is Fast Becoming My Favorite Destination . . .

. . . For the hungry Street Photographer, Chester can cater to a wide variety of photographic tastes. The Fuji X-E1 with XF 18-55 proved its worth again as I enjoyed a relaxing stroll.

The City is a popular stage for Buskers and Performance artists, including (as it turns out) world famous Electric Violinist, Ed Alleyne-Johnson. Having one of his albums on my iPod, I was amazed to hear a familiar music echoing through the streets. Imagine my astonishment as when rounding a corner, there stood Ed repleat with his famous home-made purple violin, a plethora of effects pedals, a phrase looper and drum pad. A small crowd had congregated, watching in awe as he ‘built’ a tune from the basic riff to a crashing symphony, then launching into a rendition of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’.

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The City is surrounded by a great historic wall of brick and stone, with many of the shops, restaurants and pubs an integral part of its structure.

Chester Wall Restaurant and Cycles.jpg

Running far below and alongside one aspect of the wall, is Chester Canal. I had the greatest experience ‘navigating’ a Narrowboat along it several years ago and I was reminded of that time when I took this picture.

Chester Canal.jpg

Though the Roman Empire which built the wall is long gone, Centurions are known to return in a continual ‘War on Pensioners’ !!!

Chester Roman Centurions.jpg

For some residents, the Cities past is too precious to ‘let go’.

Chester Historic Dress.jpg

When it comes to Chester’s heritage, style and culture, some just can’t believe their eyes.

Can't Believe Their Eyes.jpg

In my opinion, Chester has become the new style capital of the North.


Author: Kevin Shelley

Street Photography. Narrow Boat Documentaries. eBooks. Blog. Reviews cameras. Develops film.

4 thoughts on “Chester Is Fast Becoming My Favorite Destination . . .”

  1. Great shots with a lighthearted story to it well done.When you go out Kevin, have you got this in mind or do you just take things as they come either way well done… cheers Mick.


    1. Hi Mick and thank you,

      That’s a good question and something I hadn’t thought about before. Now you mention it, when I visit a place the main thing on my mind is probably the worry that I won’t find any good pictures (or at least of stuff I like 🙂 )

      As I walk around I just photograph what catches my eye, without any particular plan.

      I don’t tend to chimp or review the pictures that day over a coffee but wait until I put them on the PC at home (benefit of a film upbringing?). I’ll pick out a selection for the blog and it’s then that I try to find a common thread or flow amongst the photos. For me, a large part of it is sharing them on the blog and writing something to go with them. It helps that I love writing and always jump at the chance.

      In the case of the Chester pic’s, it was the Roman Centurions that got me thinking about the history, which led to the wall and culture, music and fashion.

      So a short answer would be, I never have a plan and just take what comes along. Rather like the BBC2 cookery programe ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’, I try and make something from the ingredients presented.



  2. Just looking through your site, am very impressed by the quality of the pictures and the humility and humour in your text. Can I ask how you go about starting a blog – I have a ton of pictures that I would like to keep for my own posterity and I think the blog would be an excellent way to do this.

    Cheers again,



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