Trudie Callan

Photo-a-Week Challenge


Week 52 – A5 Seasonal


We plant out Sunflowers every year which I grow from seed. This is the first of the year. I always look forward to their cheerful colours and the entertainment they provide in the Autumn when the squirrels feast on the seeds.

Thank you all for your inspiration, your encouragement and the knowledge you share both with the photographic techniques you describe and the information about the location and subjects of the images. I look forward to another year.


Week 51 – 24. Out of Bounds


I tried to do the ‘Out of Bounds’ technique but gave up after the second attempt. I had trouble selecting! I shall have to do a tutorial on using the selection tools.

This image was taken at the Barbican in London. We met our younger son and we went round the Estate with our camera. It was a great evening. Quality time with him. It was ‘out of bounds’ because the subject was in the private residential area of the Estate.


This one was ‘out of bounds’ because this beautiful bench was inside a building which we went into uninvited to get a better shot. Luckily we did not get locked in. We went in and out behind someone who had the codes to work the doors. I am sure our youngest enjoyed his Mum being naughty.

The last image is a general view showing some of the different types of architecture.


A Grade II listed building, the Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture.

It was developed from designs by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon as part of a utopian vision to transform an area of London left devastated by bombing during the Second World War.

The Centre took over a decade to build and was opened by The Queen in 1982, who declared it ‘one of the modern wonders of the world’ with the building seen as a landmark in terms of its scale, cohesion and ambition. Its stunning spaces and unique location at the heart of the Barbican Estate have made it an internationally recognised venue, set within an urban landscape acknowledged as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.






Week 49 – 26. Prohibited


This is a view of a derelict site from the local Railway station. The site had several Government Departments housed there where my husband and I worked. The Offices moved up to London and I transferred there and ended my working life commuting. My husband retired. The buildings were single storey prefabricated buildings which I believe were used in the war years as a hospital.

It is difficult to see now that the site has become overgrown, but the edges of the property were shored up with gravel to prevent anyone settling there with caravans etc. That is why I choose it for the ‘Prohibited’ theme.

The land was purchased by one of the big supermarket giants but the plans they put forward for building were never accepted. It’s future is still uncertain and it is a bit of an eyesore.


Week 48 – A4. Photographer’s choice


My beloved Broughty Ferry Castle which holds many memories for me.

I played on the beach around and beneath it – fabulous rock pools. I watched people fishing from the pier. I learned to swim in the harbour there. There were scary high waves which crashed against the walls on a stormy day. The park is nearby and we had talent shows there every week. We swam on the safe beach nearby. Mum would provide me with a packet of crisps and a drink as a “shivery bite” and yes, the water was very cold. We collected shells and drew in the sand, built sand castles, buried each other in the sand! I had a very blessed childhood with lots of freedom and places to play.