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Robert51 12 7 108 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2020 7:44AM
What a great image with the background reflecting the subject and the choice of b&w removes any glamour that colour may have brought to the image.

Also very sad as I love Folkestone and they keep trying to bring it up.
sawsengee Plus
14 6 36 Malaysia
17 Oct 2020 7:59AM
an interesting capture of urban decay......the b/w really brings out the textures and austerity.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
17 Oct 2020 8:14AM
Not, in its prime, an austere place at all - the glazed tiles show that. But modernised with steel roller shutters and awnings and pasteboard: that was where the insult began.

This seems to be in a far worse condition than a pub in Walsall that I've been meaning to photograph for 30 years, and finally did earlier this year. Suffering more urban decay than Walsall is dire - and in Kent, the Garden of England...
17 Oct 2020 8:26AM
Signs of the times ... well recorded
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
17 Oct 2020 8:43AM
The residents of Folkestone try to put on a brave, optimistic face, but the reality is not difficult to find.
(My daughter lives there)
viscostatic 14 47 9 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2020 9:33AM
A very good image but very depressing I must admit. Folkestone is not alone though. Inverness is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the UK yet its town centre is so depressing with buildings not unlike the one in this image.

Phil.
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2020 9:53AM
Following on from numerous comments I feel it is worth adding some additional thoughts here as a photo has to be representative of events and this one is; as has been noted.
Folkestone's demise started with the curtailing of the cross channel services to Boulogne ad Calais. Until the late 1980's it was quite a thriving town aided by a constant stream of day trippers from the Continent. The rot set in quickly after they stopped aided and abetted by a pretty incompetent Council driven by personal and political agendas that did nothing to help restore the economic decline.
The saviour, for a time ha,s been Roger De Hann ( he of Saga ) who has personally invested large sums of money in attempting to make Folkestone a sort of Shoreditch by Sea in the way that Margate has re-invented itself with the Turner Gallery. As a consequence there has been some success and The Old High Street and the Creative Quarter are a testament to that. However nothing has prevented to slow decline of the High Street. The major chain stores having deprived town centers of their unique character have now seen that their cash cows are no longer feeding the owner ( usually a Private Equity organisation ) and pulled the plug. Ironically it is the smaller independent store that have been grimly hanging on but Covid has just about wiped them out now. So the future looks bleak for Folkestone right now, as indeed it is for so many Towns in the UK and I guess Europe.
So back to the photo. It is I guess quite depressing but it is the reality. I am and always have been a naÔve optimist but that in itself has become quite a challenge now. It's raining outside too !
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2020 9:57AM

Quote:Not, in its prime, an austere place at all - the glazed tiles show that. But modernised with steel roller shutters and awnings and pasteboard: that was where the insult began.

This seems to be in a far worse condition than a pub in Walsall that I've been meaning to photograph for 30 years, and finally did earlier this year. Suffering more urban decay than Walsall is dire - and in Kent, the Garden of England...



Hi John.....see my comments in response.
Tony
jacomes Plus
5 26 25 Portugal
17 Oct 2020 11:54AM
A sad reflection of modern life in Britain. So many of these old pubs could be renovated as multi-purpose community centres, unfortunately politics and lack of vision and funds allows them to decay.
An excellent photo, but rather depressing.
James
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
17 Oct 2020 3:14PM
Exciting and very good photo, that tells a story!
Well I think this image coveys messages on multiple layers the internet being one we all shop there why
Because itís convenient and cheaper the problem with owning a high street business is the overheads my Husband ran a Surgery in our Village the over heads per month were more than our mortgage all this money
Goes to the Government what happens from there who knows .
You then begin to think is it worth it yes if the profit outweighs the cost of running your business but I agree
The local councils should do more and think much more about reinventing the spaces available which would bring the tourists back.
However this does take away what an outstanding image this is

C
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2020 5:37PM

Quote:Well I think this image coveys messages on multiple layers the internet being one we all shop there why
Because itís convenient and cheaper the problem with owning a high street business is the overheads my Husband ran a Surgery in our Village the over heads per month were more than our mortgage all this money
Goes to the Government what happens from there who knows .
You then begin to think is it worth it yes if the profit outweighs the cost of running your business but I agree
The local councils should do more and think much more about reinventing the spaces available which would bring the tourists back.
However this does take away what an outstanding image this is

Love the modification Carol

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