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My Bristol: 30 years in the frame
We're giving Bristol City Council's new chief executive a tour guided by your photos. We're had hundreds added to our Flickr group but what are the stories behind the pictures? Dave Harvey finds out ...
Ron Rogers has been teaching photography and snapping his city for thirty years. So when we asked for your pictures of Bristol he jumped at the chance.
"I think it’s about time someone celebrated our city," says Ron. "It’s got its problems, but let’s show Jan what a great city it is."
And Ron has certainly captured plenty of the city in its all its glory. Just flick through our tiny selection of shots he’s sent us. But to be honest, they don’t set my journalistic heart racing.
We’re after pictures that show Jan parts of the city she’d never see, and all Ron’s offering me is postcards.
"Ron," I ask, cautiously. "If you could show the new chief exec anything, what would it be? What do you want her to change about the council?"
"Ah well," he says. "We need a glossy brochure.” And he’s off. Bristol has more Georgian architecture than Bath, and longer crescents (He’s right – Clifton’s Royal York Crescent puts Bath’s Royal Crescent in the shade). We have majestic ships like the ss Great Britain, and intriguing little alleys like Christmas Steps. But how is a visitor to the city to know? Ron wants a glossy brochure in every hotel room, and big displays at Temple Meads. Or, come to that, Paddington.
"Why not? When you travel abroad cities always promote themselves vigorously to tourists," Ron explains, warming to his theme. "But the council here has always been a bit, well, slow to sell Bristol to the world."
So there’s Ron’s pitch. Shower Jan with images of lovely old buildings and then, when her guard is down, hit her for the cash.
What do you think – is he right? Should Bristol do more to sell itself on the world stage of tourism? Or would council cash be better spent on cleaning up rubbish. Which reminds me, I’ve got to go and see a man about fly-tipping ...
last updated: 27/03/2008 at 10:21
Have Your Say
What do you think about Ron's views? Is Bristol really picture postcard perfect or would you tell Bristol City Council about something else?
Feisal Khalif, Marketing Manager, Destination Bris
My Bristol FAQ
Q, What is My Bristol?
Bristol is getting a new chief executive and we're taking her on a guided tour - but we need your help to guide us.
Q, How can we do that?
We want you to take pictures of Bristol - good and bad - that highlight what you think of the city.
Q, OK, I've taken my picture, now what?
There are a few ways you can get them to us. We've got a FlickR group which you can add your images to, you can email them to email@example.com or post them - address below. We'll use these pictures to decide where we take the new chief exec - we'll also make sure she gets copies of all the pictures to look through at a later date.