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By dudler
Silly Sunday: I've known that this building was there for more than 30 years, and I didn't photograph it. Even though I knew, in the Thatcher years, that its lovely windows were at risk.

I could have gone there for a pint or two: but I never bothered, back when it still sold beer. Now, it sits on a recently-widened road junction, and many of the terraced houses whose inhabitants it served are gone, replaced by more modern flats. I hope that these are better-insulated, and will not look awful in 20 years' time. At least old terraced houses had character.

This is a set of record shots (inspired by Peter - handlerstudio - and his magnificent selection of Spanish tiled street fronts). It's not an art project: my BLOG TODAY records my view of those who are precious about photography-as-art.

I'm not, for a single minute, suggesting that photography cannot be art - just whingeing a bit about the people who define themselves or particular photographers as artists. We pursue a craft, and all we can do is make the pictures and let others judge them. But it may be better if we make the pictures, and are simply content for others to enjoy them.

Tags: Architecture Walsall Silly Sunday Ceramic tiles Brown Lion

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14 Jun 2020 9:03AM
This is not silly John - pubs are a very serious subject and places like this are now few and far between. A gem - ought to be preserved - somehow. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
14 Jun 2020 9:08AM
It was even more of a gem when I kept driving past it, I'm sorry to say. The versions show the extent of the casual damage and decay. And I don't think there was anything special about the area it was in, other than being on a crossroads. But it says something that an ordinary drinking den had real care and craftsmanship put into its construction.

And it says something else that the developers who have been fairly active near it didn't splash some cash on bringing it up to standard. I'm not sure how tolerable that would be in other countries.

The silliness was mine, in not stopping and taking pictures of it in its prime, or somewhere near it!
Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 9:14AM
To think that a short time back this would have been the heart of the area. Wonderful buildings, lots of people you love and know like one big family. How many of us have grown up sitting outside on a Saturday night drinking a lemonade and a packet of crisps. Trying to find that little blue bag of salt. We even had a group with an old tea chest as a double base along with the washboard which we went from pub to pub. I'm sure they gave us the money to go away.
On your other point I not longer called myself a photographer (not that I ever was) but when people ask I say I'm a picture maker. I do what pleases me and if others like them it's a bonus.

Life is all about enjoying yourself, if your not your doing wrong...
14 Jun 2020 9:21AM
A fine set of documentary photos. Sadly this is repeated over the whole country.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 413 England
14 Jun 2020 9:41AM
Such a shame but a great spot for a drop of urbexing John.
I am on my way with a hammer...........not really, I have never, ever 'broken into' an abandoned building, just found different ways of entry that were already there.
bluesandtwos 10 428 1 England
14 Jun 2020 9:42AM

Quote:To think that a short time back this would have been the heart of the area. Wonderful buildings, lots of people you love and know like one big family. How many of us have grown up sitting outside on a Saturday night drinking a lemonade and a packet of crisps. Trying to find that little blue bag of salt. We even had a group with an old tea chest as a double base along with the washboard which we went from pub to pub. I'm sure they gave us the money to go away.
On your other point I not longer called myself a photographer (not that I ever was) but when people ask I say I'm a picture maker. I do what pleases me and if others like them it's a bonus.

Life is all about enjoying yourself, if your not your doing wrong...



Apart from the tea chest and washboard group, this could have been written by me! Smile

The purpose of life is pleasure, and the path to pleasure is compassion.

As for the pub I can almost feel the sticky carpets and the smell of stale beer and fags.Grin Buildings like that need to be carefully dismantled and put in places like the Black Country Museum for future generations to experience.

Dave
Alfie_P Plus
13 515 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 9:45AM
A wonderful set & editorial, John. I'm sure (know) that Elliott Erwitt would agree with you 100%.
As for your angst over this particular Pub I would agree with you and your sentiments sadly it is the way of the world but at least you have recorded it for posterity for which you should be applauded.
Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 9:46AM
Thinking about the loss of pubs everywhere I think it start in the late sixties when the tv became part of every home and are being killed off when those very same tvs becoming part of every pub.

People that go out for a drink don't want to shout over or have the tv catch there eye everytime they turn their heads.

Just a thought...
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
14 Jun 2020 9:52AM
There are still pubs without a TV, and even with lino on the floor... It's twenty years since I've seen sawdust on a floor, though (that was in a particularly disreputable place near King's Cross Station in London, called the Flying Scotsman.
bluesandtwos 10 428 1 England
14 Jun 2020 10:03AM

Quote:There are still pubs without a TV, and even with lino on the floor... It's twenty years since I've seen sawdust on a floor, though (that was in a particularly disreputable place near King's Cross Station in London, called the Flying Scotsman.


I'm sure from your pictures that you've been there, the pub in the BCM still has sawdust flooring! Wink

Dave
kaybee 16 7.2k 26 Scotland
14 Jun 2020 10:27AM
I wouldn't fancy getting the car up there to park it.
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 10:42AM
An excellent set John and a brilliant write up. I like to see people’s enjoyment of photography stand out in their work.
Alfie
14 Jun 2020 11:24AM
Great title, John and I like the whole scene in V6.

JohnSmile
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 11:42AM
Modern is fine in its place but there is something comforting about old pubs, especially with a coal fire or a log fire now that coal is bad word.
KateGrin
A great record of social history of the days when pubs such as this were the hub of the community.

Mike
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
14 Jun 2020 12:47PM
I'd forgotten that one... You're right, Dave. There is indeed sawdust - though a fairly nominal quantity - on the floor of the pub at the BCM...
JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 1:35PM
A terrific pub front with those tiles as well as the windows
Ju
mistere Plus
7 6 3 England
14 Jun 2020 2:11PM
As Joni Mitchell sang,

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot...

Places like that need customers to survive, adapt or die and the survival of the fittest play a huge part in
their demise. The pubs we knew and enjoyed in our youth are very few and far between. Most of them
are tucked away in quiet little villages and rely on their 'locals' and a Saturday night visit from a few 'townies'.
Gastro pubs and Sky Sports have taken over.
I'm going to stop having Birthdays, I've started to sound like me dad...BlushBlush
Good job it's silly Sunday Smile
Owdman Plus
4 6 13 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2020 2:11PM
Looks to me like the first photo studio cum pub, just waiting for a new landlord John, you need to get in there and take it over. I'm sure we ephotoziners would be willing to pop in for a pint and a photo, especially if you got your models to become barmaids. Smile
Norm.
mac Plus
18 7 Scotland
14 Jun 2020 3:01PM
At my old camera club, we were asked by the Town Planners, if would photograph various sites, which from their list was due to be demolished or altered. They gave us a list of these places and also giving three prizes for the best ones. I know it was doing it on the cheap, but it gave us a project and was quite interesting.
This is going back into the 1970s whereas today, we would have to be insured, sign waivers etc, etc, before we could start. I think I came second I received a Linoff ball & socket head for my tripod!
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
14 Jun 2020 4:01PM
Norm, it's a lovely idea, but even if the building was available, the upkeep would be horrific, and security an issue. I've often mused on the viability of studios. And I feel a blog coming on!
saltireblue Plus
10 10.9k 63 Norway
14 Jun 2020 4:26PM
Dave - aka mistere - beat me to it - we are so used to the things around us we see every day that we don't notice them...until it is too late.
14 Jun 2020 9:13PM
Great urbex set with interesting details and I share what you said about making pictures.

LorySmile
15 Jun 2020 3:40AM
I agree not art, but still an art form. Enjoyed reading too 👍

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