#294 – Old Urbex Reports – Pyestock Part 1

Number 10 Exhauster Cell Number 10 Exhauster Cell control room Hidden deep in woodland between the mainline railway and what is now Farnborough Airport, lies a huge, once top-secret aircraft engine test facility, abandoned and decaying, silent and eerie, no longer reverberating with the screaming wails of gas turbines and jet engines. This area was…

#293 – Re-visiting photos 2

More reworked photos! These are from Edenwood Mill, which if still standing, must be a pile of soggy wood and rubble as it was in a right state back in 2008. This one hasn’t really benefitted much from the monochrome conversion compared to some, but the lens corrections have slightly improved things.   The next…

#292 – Re-visiting photos 1

I’m in the middle of putting some themed Blurb books together and went for a rummage round the darker recesses of my Lightroom catalogue. Lightroom is a great piece of software and I now tend to do much of my photo editing on it (apart form mono conversions and multi layer work), and it’s a vastly…

#291 – Recommendation – Ilford Photolabs

Recently, I’ve been using DS Colour Labs extensively to print out large quantities of monochrome prints, as their prices are excellent, and their quality is very good. But I thought I’d give llford Labs another go after a bit of a disaster a while back. As you might have guessed from the name, Ilford Labs…

#290 – Book Review – Detroit Disassembled

Andrew Moore’s ‘Detroit Disassembled’ is a book that’s been on my wish list for a couple of years now. I’d discovered it just after it came out, as it was released at a similar time to the eye-wateringly expensive ‘The Ruins Of Detroit’ by Yves Marchand, but at about half the price. It’s certainly got…

#289 – Thresholds Of Change – Link, Gifford and the end of steam

O.Winston Link – Train No.2 arrives at the Waynesboro Station, Waynesboro, Virginia Colin Gifford The increasing affordability of photography in the 50’s and 60’s meant that the end of steam traction in Europe and America was well documented. Two recent book releases by acknowledged masters of the genre present a fascinating contrast of styles and…