. . . 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’.
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.
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.
Though the Roman Empire which built the wall is long gone, Centurions are known to return in a continual ‘War on Pensioners’ !!!
For some residents, the Cities past is too precious to ‘let go’.
When it comes to Chester’s heritage, style and culture, some just can’t believe their eyes.
In my opinion, Chester has become the new style capital of the North.