Geocachig leads to striking photo

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A geocaching adventure sparked a striking photograph of a city landmark steeped in film history.

Ewa Kawalec’s picture, which took third place in the Changing Faces of Leeds exhibition’s abstract category, was captured when she and her son discovered a geocache on Leeds Bridge.

The bridge was the location for Louis Le Prince’s famous 1888 moving picture, recorded from an upstairs window of 19 Bridge End and believed to be the world’s first film.

In her submission, Ewa said: “Me and my son had had a good day in the city centre. On the way back we stopped on this bridge to admire the view and then decided to turn

our GPS (Global Positioning System) on, as luck would have it we were standing exactly at a geocache point. Leeds is a great city full of interesting geocaches.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to search out the fantastic geocaches in our city.”

Geocaching sees participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers.

Commenting on the picture, the competition judge said: “Taken on the famous Leeds Bridge where the first film was shot, this is an iconic place with an equally important coat of arms. Nicely taken.”

The Changing Faces of Leeds exhibition, which runs at Leeds City Museum until June 5, showcases the work of the city’s amateur photographers alongside historic pictures.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This exhibition is a powerful statement about our heritage, our history, and the diverse, dynamic and booming city that Leeds has grown into thanks to the people who have called it home both in the past and today.”

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