#123 – Loch Of Tranquility?

A group of us had gone to Scotland for a very pleasant week at a ‘castle’ on the bank of Loch Long, and I’d done a bit of research to see if there was anything in the vicinity worth exploring. The only thing easily accessible was the abandoned Admiralty Torpedo Testing Station at the other…

#122 – A Windmill? In Wigan?

Standing alone in the middle of a field on the outskirts of Wigan is this rather forlorn looking windmill. It was originally built half a mile away to serve the Haigh Brewery, but was at some point moved and rebuilt in its current location. Sadly it’s fallen into disrepair no doubt due to it’s slightly exposed position…

#121 – Hot Work

It’s easy to see industrial sites through rose tinted glasses when walking round old, derelict sites or museums, but I’ve spent my career in factories and I know that even today, industry can be hot, hard, sometimes dangerous work. This old foundry is a great example of that – podging rods such as this were used to tap the hot…

#119 – Tilted Compositions

I shared a draft of a book project with a friend of mine and she commented that she’d get rid of the photos with angled compositions. This intrigued me, as this is a composition that I often use, but on reflection, I can understand why some people don’t like it. Traditionally, it’s said that tilted…

#118 – only post this week!

As my baby daughter has just arrived, my priorities are currently elsewhere, so this will probably be my only post for a week or two. Back soon!! Andy 🙂

#117 – Lethal Processes

I don’t know what this building used to do at Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) Wrexham, but I suspect it was something dangerous that involved making or processing something lethal. Either way, it’s remained unused for over 60 years, the only evidence left being the foundations for something, and a large sunken pool of water at one end…

#116 – Grown Up Scalextric – Chassis

One I missed from the series of images that I posted from the Leyland Test Track. I’ve since been told that this is probably a wrecked computer monitor, but I saw it and noticed the word ‘chassis’ on it’s base and thought it appropriate. It’s perhaps not as prominent in the composition as I’d have…

#115 – Pattern

Pattern found in the foundry. Note sure why, but casting patterns are often painted red (although you can’t see that in this photo). There were quite a few patterns left around the place, quite surprised they’d not gone on a bonfire when the place shut.

#114 – Book Review – Forbidden Places

There’s one or two urbex books being published by mainstream publishers (there’s an awful lot being self-published on Blurb), the most notable being the superb Abandoned Places by Henk van Rensbergen, which I posted a review of last year. Forbidden Places is very much in the same vein. The book is by Sylvain Margaine, who…