Downturn


bwlchmawr

Link Posted 27/02/2010 - 18:55
I spotted this abandoned industrial site on a walk round the dark side of town and thought it would yield an interesting set of photographs, a sort of photo essay. I decided to keep it to five pictures to give you a feel for the place.

You won't like them, probably, but as Adams said, "These places mean something..." I've tried to figure-out what.












Kind regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
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Lennardinio

Link Posted 27/02/2010 - 18:58
Very nice set... really love 1 & 3.
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techno-terminator

Link Posted 27/02/2010 - 19:17
They really do portray the abandonment of the premises
let the education continue

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ems82

Link Posted 27/02/2010 - 21:39
i really like them too but would they not work better in b/w personal preference but very nice shots
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thoughton

Link Posted 27/02/2010 - 23:03
I like number 1 a lot, nice lead in and great colour!
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 09:13
Nice work! For me its the interior shots that have most poignancy.
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i-Berg

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 10:01
1 & 3 for me also Andrew.
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johnriley

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 10:08
That's fantastic, just the sort of place I love to stumble across. It isn't even necessary to know what it was used for or when, it's just great to see it and soak up the atmosphere.
Best regards, John

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 10:30
Thank you very much for all of your positive and kind comments, folks. There were other pictures of small details: roosting pigeons, two elextric bells, a disused and rusting stairway and some old regulatory posters but I wanted to keep people's attention by restricting the number of shots.

John, the building afinished its life as a non-franchise garage/car repairers: what it was originally I've no idea. It was probably a light engineering, sheet metal or joinery firm.

There's a similar building next door which I also photographed, but I think it must have been a separate business. I didn't break in, of course: someone had already done that for me. And I suppose, strictly speaking the buildings were a bit dangerous, structurally, but these places are so rare in the southwest I just couldn't resist.

Emma, my initial reaction was that these would make a great monochrome set, even sepia, I often convert to b/w but there's so little colour and the whole set-up is so bleak and bereft of life, the few spots of colour added a sad poignancy, like something forgotten or left behind. But I still may do a conversion.

I kept things very simple, technically. Something Kris wrote gave me the idea that the 18-55 mark I kit zoom may be better than I'd been led to believe so I fished that out (it's still the widest lens I own, so I was glad I did). The pictures were all fine JPEGs at 400ASA when I could manage it and 800 when I couldn't. Verticals were all corrected using "distort" in Photoshop and there was selective levelling, sometimes shadow/highlight work and sharpening.

Thank you again for looking and commenting.

Best wishes,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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davidtrout

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 10:54
Well done Andrew. You have documented this well. I wonder if Emma has a valid point - would they look better in gritty, contrasty black and white?
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 12:01
As suggested by Emma and David, I had a go at some straightforward monochrome conversions. 15% grain added as well. Some burning on the opening shot.










I'm not sure. I normally love monochrome but here...I don't know.
Chaque un a son gout, I suppose.

Regards,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05

Greytop

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 12:09
When I first looked at these I wondered what they might look like in monochrome, I think I prefer the colour version of the first shot (which happens to be my favourite of the series). I also like the 'looking through the smashed window' shot but this time in black and white.

A very atmospheric series Andrew and not a little depressing but nicely captured of course
Regards Huw

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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 12:20
Thanks Huw,
I think the first shot works as a stand-alone but they're best as a series, I think. When I took them I didn't feel any of them was a great individual photograph: it was like working on a collage, if you know what I mean.

Best wishes,

Andrew
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05

RR

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 12:33
Very nice Andrew. I love abandoned buildings for their texture & form. This is a great little series. I prefer the original colour shots as they are suitably contrasy & muted to begin with & portray the dereliction better than the mono versions.

There is a large movement called "urbex" - there are forums that may help you find nearby sites. Of course, some can be very dangerous so I'd suggest going as at least a pair & letting others know where you are going !
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womble

Link Posted 28/02/2010 - 13:15
The first I like better in colour, the last in monochrome. It is a great 'photo essay' and does indeed work well as a set. I wonder whether the fourth one would work well as monochrome but with the red sign 'popped'? I'm not normally a fan of popping but in this case in might work well.

Best wishes, Kris.
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