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Northern Soul

By ade_mcfade      
This was taken on the same day, same time as the last 4 posts - which were all idyllic lovely shots of the canal as it is today

Just to show you what it's really all about, a working artery of the north back in the late 1700's, I thought I'd make it look grim in 2 ways

the toning and colouring being faded
no spacing around it whatsoever, there's not sky, or breathing space in the shot - just like working in a mill in Burnley used to be

Sure you all prefer the lovely barge shots though

Tags: Architecture Industry Grim The real north Working class Covered in poo Fire escapes

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Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
15 Jun 2007 9:46PM
great shot, love the repeat patterns in this, you've used the reflection well


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Andrekarl 11 7 South Africa
15 Jun 2007 9:47PM
Great reflection, agreed! Nice and gritty.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 9:53PM
One of Blake's 'Dark satanic mills', in fact, though I suspect the windows have been enlarged since then. Working conditions would have been even more claustrophobic. Sure, the barges are prettier; but life for working bargees 200 years ago was pretty toilsome too.

Thanks for reminding us that the past was not always a better place; and thanks for some great images.

DYankee 12 6 United States
15 Jun 2007 9:55PM
An interesting photo that gives the building a whole new life as art.
Dawn Smile
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
15 Jun 2007 10:02PM
Northern Soul was what Wigan Casino was all about!! LOL And what's all this wi' a tyke talking about Burnley - that's DEFO Red Rose county!!!

Nice image tho' gr8 reflections - noticed Tony was a little more guarded with his comments Wink


Fran x
newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 10:19PM
wow, this is a first class image,fantastic reflections great tonal work.
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
15 Jun 2007 10:21PM
that's because it's Friday, Thursday is young lovers night Wink LOL Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
15 Jun 2007 10:38PM
I'm a red rose guy Fran, just live in Leeds. Used to go clubbing in Burnley all the time in the 6th form - back in day...

Did a summer working at Lucas on the assembly lines. Safe to say that it's the worst job anyone could ever have, just moving one pile of widgets along a line... god knows how people do that and don't end up with a hose pipe through their car window... but that's what everyone in east lancs did 200 years ago

Maybe Brave New World was right?

Tony, your jealousy is very unbecomming Smile
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
15 Jun 2007 10:43PM
Frig, I've been busted!!!
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
15 Jun 2007 10:57PM

Quote:I'm a red rose guy

knew there was a reason why I liked you Ade - ru originally from Burnley? My sister lived there in the70's and early 80's and worked at the Cat's Whiskers.

I'm a Lancashire lass mi'sen - frae Preston - Dad's from Mill Hill, Blackburn! Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
15 Jun 2007 10:58PM
well and truly Smile
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
15 Jun 2007 11:07PM
I'm from Clitheroe, well a little village at the foot or Pendle really.

Went to school in clitheroe and we often had nights in Burnley or Blackburn, most weekends.

We did go to the Cat's Whiskers, had to wear a tie when we first started going... jesus, that's aincnet times! Was called the Ritzy afterwards too.

I was a pest controller in Preston for 6 months (between degrees) so know it really well, used to have the A2Z in my head! Where about in Preston was it?

I've lost the accent, it's "generic northern" now, though I still say "source" correctly apparently.

KevinMW 12 14 Wales
15 Jun 2007 11:59PM
Great patterns and reflections. Very graphical.

dazzaman 11 631 England
16 Jun 2007 12:01AM
northern soul
thats my music
nice one

MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
16 Jun 2007 12:25AM

Quote:Northern soul

Mine too Darren - knew I liked you - just found out why!!! Smile
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
16 Jun 2007 1:16AM
certainly conveys the story of Mills in Burnley
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2007 6:50AM
The little village that I grew up in here in Scotland thrived on the textile and paper mill industry from the 1700s too and there were at least 5 mills still working until I was in my late twenties.

This reminds me SO much of the claustrophic feeling that I used to get as I walked home from school down a little narrow street that had high mill buildings on both sides........I think you've done brilliantly here.

I used to stand at the top of that street lol and run down it...hated the dark, cramped feeling.

Brilliant work.......

jenquest 15 561 1 Tokelau
16 Jun 2007 7:47AM
Well spotted. Really like the symmetry.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Jun 2007 10:21AM
Social architectural imagery is as important as any other Adrian. Image does illustrate the building and perhaps it's gloomy past. Seems a lot of recent history tied up with this also. Makes interesting reading. Ron.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
16 Jun 2007 12:43PM
yeah - you can see the computers in the windows and the fancy new air-con machines have taken over from the grimey looms
uggyy 12 2.1k 9 Scotland
17 Jun 2007 12:57AM
Gritty and showing a more real than idylic side to life.

I like it....

HarryStan 13 50 Australia
17 Jun 2007 11:53AM
Love it...
Big_D 12 11
19 Jun 2007 8:32PM
Like it - v.well composed (if u didn't crop of course !)

culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2007 1:26PM
Needs a 30 if u ask me ... ah .. done ... quality image.


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