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Social Depravation

By Morgs  
I work in a pretty poor area of Newport. This until recently was the only rank of shops for the suburb. It was home to the police station, chip shop, bookies and social housing office.
Now the area is beginning to be developed, and a new rank of shops has been built, and this dreadful place is soon to be demolished.'s great for photography at the moment.

Sadly, I know all the people who's names are daubed on what was the bookies!!!

LARGE is good.

This is a five shot HDR, done so in order to grab maximum detail and contrast from the gritty location.

Thanks for looking.


Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: Mark_Callander, colmar, jools59 and 34 more

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colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
19 Nov 2009 8:22PM
Good social commentary and image to go along with it, thanks for sharing Colin

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19 Nov 2009 8:22PM
nice shot well processed.
19 Nov 2009 8:39PM
Great work!

Briwooly Plus
14 454 6 England
19 Nov 2009 8:45PM
Stunning HDR work and a excellent subject

Cormy 12 3 England
19 Nov 2009 9:04PM
An image with a message superbly rendered.
mitchy81 11 1 18 England
19 Nov 2009 9:19PM
Nicely done Dave!
Alan_Coles 14 178 11 Wales
19 Nov 2009 9:52PM
This is a corker Dave. The processing is great but there is so much more abt it. Love the line of paving stones on the right that take you down through the image. Good social study and I don't envy you one little bit working in that area...hats off to you mate.

PS I have been to a few "shop" parties there many years ago when I was DJing but fortunately I was always ok to leave my car in safe
Dave_Holdham 11 4 1 Wales
19 Nov 2009 10:37PM
Works so well as a HDR, well done.
andy210966 12 4 119 Wales
19 Nov 2009 10:46PM

Platchet 13 5 8 Wales
19 Nov 2009 11:10PM
Like this Dave, right up my street "so to say!".
Will probably dive on here though, despite excellent compositional skills!
Alan_Coles 14 178 11 Wales
19 Nov 2009 11:47PM

Quote:Like this Dave, right up my street "so to say!".
Will probably dive on here though, despite excellent compositional skills!

Never a truer word spoken Reverend Gary... Dave, what you need is one of them birds with big beaks in your portfolio...and don't mark it adult !! Wink
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
20 Nov 2009 8:14AM
Great subject and processing....very effective.

Ian-Munro 12 200 15 Wales
20 Nov 2009 9:53AM
Like it Dave and the can finishes it for me.

dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 11:25AM
well composed image and excellent processing.
Bravdo 12 17 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2009 9:34AM
Great work and well composed.Even the poorest places make the best shots, a legacy of society captured in a single shot.

MikefromEbbw 12 69 2 Wales
21 Nov 2009 10:00AM
This is such a good urban landscape image in so many ways and very well thought out.Good strong lead in lines with the paving slabs leading the eye through the image to the abandoned shops beyond.The processing has really brought out the graffiti,nay `street art`.The angular supports also nicely fill what would have been an empty space in the top right.Great work Dave,well done.
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
22 Nov 2009 2:52PM
congrats on the well deserved award, nothing new for me to add to whats been said, but agree great comp with the lead in, and for me the perfectly placed dented beer tin adds so much more than just fg interest. The processing really suits the image.excellent work. lesley
MickyMc 12 8 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 3:22PM
Lots of stories in your shots
Alan_Coles 14 178 11 Wales
22 Nov 2009 5:44PM
Congrats Dave on the Guest Editor Award...think Mike has picked a real goodie here and his write up is spot on.

This has been my fave image from your selections over the past week, got so much going for it.
Morgs 11 20 62 Wales
22 Nov 2009 7:11PM
Thanks very much to Mikefromebbw for awarding me the GEA for this shot. I'm chuffed to bits as this is the first award I've received on the site!!!


Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 11 Wales
24 Nov 2009 10:22PM
Fantastic comp Dave,classic composition.
ge22y 11 115 12 Wales
25 Nov 2009 7:42PM
What do mean dreadful place... This was part of the social housing dream and highly successful development plan during the 60's... Wink

Nicely worked Dave, brave shot though, getting your camera out and walking away with it or was that what you needed the dog shield for???

Sampics 11 6 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 9:40PM
Well done dave, im rather surprised as i know this area well.
You couldnt of shot it any better, and the can makes the shot for me also.

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