We decided to stop being lazy and get off the sofa yesterday afternoon and go for a wander down the local canal with Superbear. The weather was a bit drizzly so we spent half the time hiding under a bridge to stop the cameras from getting wet but once the showers past we continued on our stroll along the Canal path through Longport to the back of Middleport.
An area with a massive industrial history, the canal is lined with derelict buildings right through to Hanley and Stoke. Photographing old buildings seems to be my thing at the minuet so I’ve picked a few shots out for a short post in between the larger Stallington Hall ones.
This is one of the original metal post signs that sit on canal footpaths up and down the country. I have no idea where either of these places are but I just liked the style and thought it would make a good close up shot, however I did have to retake this shot on the way back after accidentally deleting the first while try to free up some space on my memory card oops!
Its been shot with the 24x zoom in order to fill the frame and keep it all in focus. I’ve then had a play around in Photoshop with the colours and used an effect to make the peeling paint more contrasting against the white base.
This is a shot of the back of the disused Prices Teapots factory in Longport, I’m virtually sat in the wet grass to get some of it into the frame set against the building as I was experimenting with trying to get different textures into the picture as well as different view points and levels.
One of the brick kiln used at the Middleport Pottery factory shot with the sunlight shining against it. I’ve played around massively with this one trying to give it a sketchy arty feel and its definitely one of my favourites. I like the way the huge Kiln dominates the picture and the scale of it can be seen with its size contrasting against the small factory roof and windows. I also thought that by using a mono coloured frame it gives the photo a harder industrial impact.
A factory sitting on the canal banks and although it has obviously been vandalised the broken windows still made a interesting photo.
We walked along the Canal through to Middleport and came off just after the Steelite factory as we had spotted a few streets of boarded up houses. I knew the majority had been knocked down to make way for the new Steelite factory extension but it seems they had missed a few streets which was a bonus for us.
Every single house on these few streets had been boarded up with metal sheeting and caging giving it quite a uneasy feel. The Specials “Ghost Town” came to mind when I was snapping away here and I’ve tried to show this with the picture.
A more front focused shot with this one, its been layered in Photoshop with the original background colours blended through the black and white top layer to bring out the details of the rust on the metal sheeting but still keeping some of the melancholy mood to the picture.
I just liked this one because 13 is my lucky number however this did not look like a lucky door. The orange scuff marks and scratches have been enhanced to show the damage to the door with the council seizure note still attached to the front. This area of The Potteries used to be a hugely populated and thriving area with a lot of the local families working in the surrounding factory’s and pot banks, however the decline of the local pottery industry has contributed massively to the abandonment of most of the buildings and the lonely atmosphere here is a sign of times gone by.