Tipton Cut #Tipton #Photography
The Black Country has miles of canals. These water filled channels, cut through the Black Country in the 18th century provided a means of transport at the beginning of the industrial revolution. Now they are used for recreational purposes and by narrowboats traders.
People in the Black Country often refer to the canals as the cut, a term that goes back to their 18th century origins. This cut is the Birmingham canal at Tipton. The building you can see on the right side of the locks is a weighing station, where narrowboats were once checked to see what load they were carrying or could carry.
The canals now offer me picturesque scenes like this one to photograph and they are kept looking nice by a civil society group called the ‘Friends of Tipton Cut’. They were painting bridges, as well as clearing litter last week.
Narrowboats always add interest to the scene and in this picture a Banks’s pub sign dominates the view.
People can add interest to a landscape too. The light was quite harsh when I took these photos, but they came out much better than the first photos I took with a new DSLR around the same location in similar light. Experience matters!
Local people will recognise the canal side pub as the Barge and Barrel. It looked quite busy last Sunday as people enjoyed a drink outside in the sun.
There will be lots of opportunities for photography now spring is here, so go out and see what your area offers. You can just see a keyboard in the last picture painted on the railways bridge.
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