Last week I had a trip to Halifax to look at The Piece Hall – my first visit since the re-opening last year with the new courtyard.
I arrived in the afternoon to a rather overcast sky, but the low winter sun kept breaking through to light up the building and the old church spire behind against some rather forbidding clouds.
Eventually it clouded over completely, but the rain held off, so I had a wander around the centre of Halifax looking for any little architectural details that I may have missed on previous visits. The old iron work over one entrance to the lovely Victorian covered market looked colourful in the overcast light.
As sunset approached I made my way back to The Piece Hall for the main part of the shoot. As the lighting came on around the building and across the courtyard it looked amazing!
I have to admit that I had been a little unsure about the stone courtyard when I first saw it on the local news – and it does still look a bit new and harsh against the softer old stonework of the Georgian building when viewed under the afternoon sun, but at dusk it really comes into its own.
As the “blue hour” light fade I photographed the building and courtyard from all angles, so came away with quite a large number of image to select from – more than I had imagined and I’m sure it’ll be worthy of another visit to do it justice.
You can see more Halifax images on the website. If you’d like to visit The Piece Hall yourself there’s information on its website here: www.thepiecehall.co.uk.