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Another day, another visit, Tynemouth Lido once again, I just can't stay away from this place.
This was another visit from my last upload and the weather couldn't have been different if it had tried, it was freezing, wet, dull, miserable and shortly after this was taken the heavens opened and I was running for cover. Anyone who has been there knows that the car park is not the closest place, it's fine on a lovely day, but when it's wet the distance seems to double for some reason.
This wouldn't be so bad if you had been able to use the lido for what it was intended and were wet anyway. Sadly it is now a derelict chunk of shaped concrete sticking out into the sea from the base of the cliff. The council has filled it with boulders to prevent people from using it as they obviously can't afford to rectify its problems as well as man it for safe use under, dare I say it, health and safety rules.
It is rather sad to see it in such a state, especially having seen photos of it in its heyday. Places like this bring the importance of such documentary photography to my thoughts, it may be physically lost, but because there is a photograph of it, in some way it will always remain alive.
Sitting in such places I allow myself to feel where I am, it might sound mad, but I can imagine the sounds of screaming and shouting as people enjoy the pool. I can smell the fish and chips doused in vinegar and feel the coolness of ice cream on my lips whilst experiencing the heat of the sun on my cream soaked skin applied by my Mum who was worried I may burn. It takes me back to my childhood when life didn't seem as restrained by rules to protect us from injury as it does today and you didn't have someone lurking around the corner ready to sue you for everything you own if they stub their toe.
You have to allow your mind to go free when in places like this, mine might just go a little freer that others. That's not a problem as long as it comes back in line before I leave otherwise I might find myself somewhere I don't want to be, straight jacket comes to mind. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!

I hope you like this, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Nov 2011 - 11:24 AM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:No Swimming Today
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:4 Dec 2012 - 10:30 AM
Tags:Black & white, Derelict, Ice cream, Sea, Swimming, Tynemouth lido, Water
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 11:07 AM

Sad to see, Andy, I, like you, can remember the time when children used to enjoy the pleasures of a seaside resort lido, often filled with sea water, and having the time of their lives. Unfortunately those days have gone, so many lidos are left to go the rack and ruin, there is even one here in my home town that hasn't seen water in it since I moved here 9 years ago. Carol

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43651 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 11:09 AM

A rather sad reflection of my childhood captured in a single image.

Regards Nathan

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 11:39 AM

I recall swimming in one of these in Troon, Ayrshire. Even in the height of summer that water was bitterly cold! You're right about capturing images as a way of saving history of places. Well composed and captured image which looks seriously cold.

Ann

morpheus1955
4 Dec 2012 - 12:00 PM

Superb image, great composition, textures and tones, really works well as a mono

Hugh

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 12:39 PM

So bleak and abandoned. Good shot.
x

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 12:59 PM


Quote: Places like this bring the importance of such documentary photography to my thoughts, it may be physically lost, but because there is a photograph of it, in some way it will always remain alive.

Spot on, Andy. One reasons to always carry a camera, and to always take the picture that offers itself even if it's 'not quite right' artistically. Photography is so much more than a mere art form.


Quote: It takes me back to my childhood when life didn't seem as restrained by rules to protect us from injury as it does today and you didn't have someone lurking around the corner ready to sue you for everything you own if they stub their toe.

If I had a pound for each bit of gravel and grit that my parents tweezered out of my knees and the palms of my hands after every time I fell off my bike on newly resurfaced roads I would be a rich man.
Come to that, if I had a penny for each bit I would be quite comfortably off.

But I do like the photograph. The reflection is very fine, both sky and sand are sad and bleak and the monochrome emphasises the bleakness.

Regards
Bill

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8520 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1088 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 1:10 PM

Haven't been there for a lot of years, but yes it is compulsive. You can hear the echoes of the past in this, children's laughter.
There are various plans for redeveloping the site - grab pictures now, this too is tomorrow's history.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 4 Dec 2012 - 1:10 PM
nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 2:07 PM

Nice compo and tones, sad, indeed.

franken
franken e2 Member 123261 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 3:16 PM


Quote: Superb image, great composition, textures and tones, really works well as a mono

Hugh

I agree,

ken

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 3:19 PM

I loved your write up Andy. As a teenager I spent a lot of time in the lido at Southampton; it was my playground and I loved being there with all my friends. I've no idea what is there now - probably a multi-storey car park, but I have many happy memories of the place. Your image depicts the state of your Tynemouth lido as it is today - especially so in mono.
Ann

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 7:55 PM

I was typing a comment a bit earlier, and suddenly the keyboard wouldn't work. Have now rebooted and am relieved that things are back to normal. Very vexing these computers!

I agree with you that it is important to take photos of places like this - who knows what might happen to some of our images in future Andy - but they are historical and of value. I felt much like that when I was in Bastrop State Park. No longer is it filled with huge forests, 90% of the vegetation was destroyed, and not it is changing. Next year, if I go back, the corpses of the burned trees I shot will be gone, and the place will be forever changed.

Photos need to be taken.

Hopefully your back is much better.

Anne

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
5 Dec 2012 - 5:39 AM

A pity that things gets forgotten and out of place

Peter

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2012 - 6:53 PM

Sad to see that it has been neglected the mono conveys the mood of abandonment so well. It reminds me of the Tropicana in Weston-Super-Mare which is now boarded up

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