This is from a trip to the old Steetley Magnasite works in Hartlepool.
Many people have photographed this place as it is so accessible, there are no fences, no security and in actual fact there are signed public footpaths going right through the middle of it.
I have seen some photographs taken from the top of the derelict chimney, now I may be daft but seriously, an 80-100foot derelict chimney and they climb up the rusted ladders on the inside of it to take a photograph. I think the word idiot comes to mind. I keep my feet firmly on the ground thankyou.
When I first visited the place it was very early in the morning and my friends and I wanted to capture the sunrise, we did not expect what we found there.
Firstly when we arrived it was hammering it down with rain and dark, but as we were there we decided to take a walk around. Well, we came out of the footpath tunnel that leads to it and it was like a nuclear war had happened as we had been walking and we hadn't heard it. The place is in utter devistation and dereliction it is unbelievable, even today I am amazed by the place.
We had a good wander around, got soaked, didn't take one single photograph and then returned home to a nice cuppa vowing to return on a better day.
This is one of the shots frrom one of the following better days as I have since returned several times as there is just so much, in fact to much to take in, it is a real rust and crust photographers heaven, my kind of place.
Now, when we returned on this better day we began to think ourselves very lucky, and I mean lucky. As we explored we began to find things that were rather scary, such as lids missing from shafts which went down 30 feet into the ground with broken timbers, steel beams and water at the bottom to give you a nice soft landing. It was then we remembered how on our first visit we walked around in the dark and heavy rain with only torchlight to guide us. Frightening!
This is a photo of just one of the settling tanks that are there, if you like it I will add one or two more photos over the next couple of days for your enjoyment.
Any comments as always are welcome.
|Camera:||Bronica ETRSi |
|Lens:||Bronica Zenzon 75mm |
|Recording media:||Ilford Delta 400|
|Metering Mode:||Manual Sekonic L-308S|