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Shoot It Now, Before It's Gone

johnriley1uk > johnriley1uk Blog > Shoot It Now, Before It's Gone
30/01/2013 - 3:14 PM



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I was in Manchester this morning and I passed this flower stall, which was been tucked into the side of St Ann's Church at least as long as the 50 years I have been visiting the area:
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It struck me that I really should have been photographing the mundane scenery around me for that 50 years, because so much of it was there one day and gone the next.
Buses at Greengate railway arches are no longer there, nor is the chap who ran a newsagent business from the railway arches. Victoria Bus Station is no more. Some roads have almost disappeared in redevelopment. What happened to Corporation Buildings where I use to wander up the the fourth floor to buy electronic items from RAGEC (Radio and General Equipment Company) and who was the first person to discount blank VHS tapes, down from 16.99 each in the shops to his price of 11.99 - only two per person.....
Places, people, all gone. This isn't a lament for the past though, nor for a reminiscence of a golden period, for in reality the golden period is and should be right where we are now. But, record it, shoot it now, because when you pass by that spot tomorrow, it might be packed up and gone forever.

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 3:51 PM

It's a really good point. As photographers we spend much of our time trying to capture artistic scenes and we miss the real life that is actually the truly valuable photography. The only thing with shots like this is that they could almost have been taken anywhere. Yes there are a few clues, but a slightly wider viewpoint may be needed to give it a historic value.

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