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Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the "wool capital of the world". The area's access to a supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population and was a stimulus to civic investment; Bradford has fine Victorian architecture including the grand Italianate City Hall.

The textile sector in Bradford fell into decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Bradford City Park, and Cartwright Hall. However, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the rest of the post-industrial area of Northern England, including deindustrialisation, housing problems, social unrest and economic deprivation. Bradford is cited as a prime example of 'parallel communities', where the population is effectively segregated along ethnic, cultural and faith lines.

Its sad but true, walking round these mills was quite a depressing journey but interesting all the same. Bradford had the whole world in its hands, and lost it all......

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Apr 2012 - 1:39 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:0.5sec
ISO:100
Title:We once were kings....
Username:clintQB clintQB
Uploaded:25 Apr 2012 - 5:22 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel. dereliction. urbex., Photo journalism
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UrbaneMagick
25 Apr 2012 - 5:28 PM

Fantastic series Clint.

Love the background detail that you have written on the area ...... I love historical background, & appreciate the time you took out to let us know.

Gareth

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Jonny5874
Jonny5874  5 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:33 PM

Another great image, I love the details in the brickwork and the soft foreground works really well.

Jon

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:44 PM

Congratulations on GEA on your last image . Another great image to add to the series on dereliction. Looks like you will be a strong contender for any prizes at the club Clinton .Like your use of HDR . A little unsure about the very soft and out of foicus foreground and suspect it wasn't intended ...Phil p.s. neighbours today . Only decided to upload at the last minute and don't expect much with my mono image

Last Modified By phil99 at 25 Apr 2012 - 5:45 PM

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:49 PM

Superb shot brilliantly processed to bring out the textures. Where exactly is this - I live in Shipley?

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 5:51 PM

This has the power and presence of a stage design. Beautifully taken, and immensely sad.
Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 7:06 PM

A passionate description, Clint, and another great image. The diagonal shadow is excellent, pulling the image together beautifully. Great series and this is the cream..... so far.

Dave

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clintQB
clintQB  351 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Apr 2012 - 7:28 PM

haha phil i noticed i knew that was your mono straight away excellent work..

Thanks lynne, this was taken in Bradford centre near the back of the college and near the old sunwin house, theres a cluster of derelict mills nearly next to each other. I think this mill used to be called thompsons and son??

Thankyou everyone for the great response yesterday and today

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2012 - 8:33 PM

A fantastic capture Clint well proccessed with an excellent write up love the shadows .
Rob

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