The once monolithic landmark is reduced to a much more compact form. The demolition has been a methodical dismantling, and a relatively neat affair (or at least as neat as deconstructing thousands of tonnes of brick, concrete and other dusty, dirty materials can ever be), and just one section of this vast mill remains. It reminded me of a large celebration cake that progressively gets smaller as people cut away slices to eat, leaving just one tall, narrow icing laden section at one end, precariously balanced.
Same viewpoint, wide angle and telephoto
As what is left of the mill is getting further and further away from the main gates at the south end, I took a walk round to get some different perspectives. The mill site borders streets at either end, but is side on to a large (technically) inaccessible field on the east, and backs onto a primary school on the west, neither of which I could reasonably stroll into in broad daylight on a Friday afternoon. However, I did take advantage of the school playing fields being empty of children to get some shots. I did want to do this previously, but the site of a man with a camera near a school playing field full of children normally results in the Police being called, irrespective of motives, so I erred on the side of caution on earlier visits.
In addition, the north end is now more viewable as the modern portal frame warehouse extension has been dismantled, giving a clearer view, of the remaining slice of the mill, just a pity there were no puddles for some nice reflections. The unpredictable summer we are having has resulted in my visits coinciding with glorious sunshine, rather than downpours – c’est la vie I guess, at least we’ve had a summer. Thing is, I normally end up visiting places on cloudy, wet gloomy days, so I’ve failed quite spectacularly to take my usual moody photographs. In addition, I’ve mainly been using a small sensored compact camera with a dismal dynamic range, which has resulted in the skies quite often blowing out. The reason for using this as opposed to an SLR or my Fuji X10 is the very long zoom range (14x) it has which has been very useful to capture the mill as it’s got smaller and moved further away from the main gates.
Slicing nicely, yes?
It’s also been useful to isolate and pic out detail as well as juxtaposing elements. In addition, the small diameter of the lens barrel makes it useful for poking between the gaps in fences, something that cannot be done with a big fat SLR lens. I guess it’s all a trade off – the quality is acceptable even if the files aren’t as malleable in post processing as a raw file would be. Better to have a picture, any picture, of what you want than none at all due to hardware and access limitations.