Scenic Studio I (Interior Spaces)


bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 10:14
I came across this abandoned warehouse after revisiting the old factory, pictures of which were also posted on these pages. Its final use was to produce painted flats and scenery for theatrical productions (I think).

This first set of photographs shows general views of the vast interior spaces and smaller, darker side rooms.

K100D Super with Hoya 24mm mf lens. Learning my lesson from the trip to the Boys' Village in Wales, I used a light meter, tripod and remote release for all shots.

Best wishes,

Andrew



















Best wishes,

Andrew

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thoughton

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 10:17
Interesting stuff Andrew! I like the last one in particular, the way at first glance the dirt and grime makes it look like the outside of a building, until you look through the window.

Great light on the floor in number 4 too, well spotted
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womble

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 10:29
Yet another great series. I really like the fifth one. As Tim said, the fourth one is excellent but I would crop it, especially the right hand edge, to bring one's attention to the light on the floor more strongly.

I know some people despise tripods but slowing yourself down by using one can work wonders and you are certainly reaping the benefits with these sets of photographs.

Best wishes, Kris.
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Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 11:07
I think Kris is right. Compositionally these are tighter than [most of] the Boys Village shots. Very satisfying images. I particularly like the balance of elements in #2
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 12:22
[quote:3496ace15f="womble"]Yet another great series.
I know some people despise tripods but slowing yourself down by using one can work wonders and you are certainly reaping the benefits with these sets of photographs.

quote]
Your idea, Kris... got a bit of a stiff neck by the end. Perhaps I need a giant Benbo or Manfrotto!

Thanks Guys,

Most appreciated. Glad to see there's a little progress after the Boys' Village.

Regards,

Andrew
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Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
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GivingTree

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 17:16
I like these as well! They are well-thought and full of detail.

I like #3 the best, even though I can't fit the entire thing on my screen. The detail in the bricks is fabulous, and the slant of the ceiling keeps it from being boring. Nice one!
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 17:37
Thanks Gareth and Giving Tree,

I can only photograph what's there to see and at the moment I'm fortunate in stumbling across unusual sites in decent light and, which is important, circumstances have given me the time to explore and take the shots. Also kind people have pointed me in the direction of likely subjects...

However I may be about to enter a dry spell, this group of buildings is due for demolishion soon, to be replaced by:


I haven't bothered to process this shot. I hope you'll understand why.

Regards,

Andrew
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Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
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ems82

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 19:47
Lovely set Andrew. I love the rawness and grittiness of these documentary shots.
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Anvh

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 19:59
I have seen these photo several times now Andrew and I like them but I always wander why you didn't do the first photo in B&W as well?
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 20:01
Thanks Emma.

Down and dirty! Glad you like them (some close-ups and alternative views to follow.)

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."
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ems82

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 20:01
Agree with Stefan here Andrew. These kind of shots are begging for mono IMO
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 20:11
Anvh wrote:
I have seen these photo several times now Andrew and I like them but I always wander why you didn't do the first photo in B&W as well?

I know the colour opening shot disturbs the unity of the set, Stefan, but there are two good reasons:

A) it's the only external shot, the way I got into the building, it seemed very different in feel to the others
B) I couldn't bear to dispense with those wonderful rich colours (the interior shots were virtually mono anyway)

If these reasons make sense.

Thanks for looking again and thinking,

Regards,

Andrew
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"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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matwhittington

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 20:40
I agree with everyone else - great set - more dereliction. I think number 4 is my favourite. I can't help thinking it's a shame it's going to be replaced by vanilla housing (what the market requires I guess - don't get me wrong I'm not against houses) - it would be a great place for a band practice (I play guitar in two bands)...

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Mat
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 20:58
Thanks Mat,

Glad you like the pictures. People are so kind and encouraging on this site. Before I joined, all my stuff just mouldred away on my hard drive or on a deteriorating CD. You blokes have given my photography a new life and impetus.

The thing is, unlike the old factory and its neighbour, the old Studio is in pretty good shape: even the vandals haven't wrecked it yet. As you say, it could have so many cultural or community uses! It seems that housing is the only thing that makes any money these days.

Like you I actually approve of brown field sites being redeveloped (rather than more green fields, and, believe me, we've lost plenty of those round here) but the encroaching housing is of such a desperately uninspiring design (see my last shot)...Oh well, what can't be changed must be endured, I suppose!

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
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shanegeach

Link Posted 13/03/2010 - 21:08
hey andrew, wicked set mate, seems to me you have found your legs, and are enjoying B&W conversions, im impressed.....

i shot another iris this time with a different technique, hope you having fun...

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