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The Unstately- Home - 1

By helenlinda
With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.

For anyone who loves texture, decay and rust this is a must to visit. I've desaturated a tad.

More to come

Thanks for looking - and many thanks to Philip_H for kindly giving his User Award for Loopy - much appreciated SmileSmile


Tags: Architecture Decay Digitally manipulated Calke abbey Landscape and travel

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 8:55PM
superb Helen, I really like these.

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derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 9:02PM
The light is very nice Helen. The desaturated colour works well.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
6 Mar 2014 9:11PM
You have captured the feel so well. - gary
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2014 10:16PM
I want to visit this place WITH you! Love the images telling such a sad story!
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
6 Mar 2014 10:33PM
Its a stunning place!! Two fine images Helen, just as I remember it!!
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 10:41PM
Everything about this works so well.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 10:52PM
An incredible find, and nothing that a bit of TLC couldn't put right...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 11:58PM
Bags of character in the chaos.
The old chair looks as if it's praying.
Good toning.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 Mar 2014 12:48AM
Looks a treasure trove indeed Helen,
for rust and decay !!
Good shots.
PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
7 Mar 2014 1:01AM
a tricky one to compose.. and very subjective and would vary from person to person.. things like this are very interesting composition wise.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Mar 2014 5:55AM
How sad to see, Helen, excellent captures. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 6:51AM
A visually fascinating record of neglect and decline. I think that the desaturation works well.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 7:02AM
Two beauties
User_Removed 5 10 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 7:45AM
A touch of the past

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1888 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 8:43AM
What a wonderful location, it's gone on the to-do list!
I like your treatment. Partial desaturation gives a faded, fragile look. Everything would crumble at the merest touch...
7 Mar 2014 11:18AM
good light detail and textures here Helen all looking a tad fragile to say the least

JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
7 Mar 2014 1:03PM
I just love the pastel tones, and the textural detail.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
7 Mar 2014 1:28PM
Excellent work, Helen. I like them a lot. The desaturation worked well.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Mar 2014 2:57PM
I reckon those chairs would raise a bob or two on Flog it! Wink Two great shots, Helen, desaturating them works well here Smile
Trev Smile
7 Mar 2014 7:03PM
Lovely light and pastel palette.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Mar 2014 11:16PM
nš1 for me I love the subdued colours!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1997 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2014 8:32PM
Sounds like a fascinating place, Helen, quite unlike the pristine historical houses we visit.
I couldn't help being reminded of my old workshop when I used to restore antique furnitureGrin!
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
10 Mar 2014 8:59PM
Sure we've got a crack to match that! Smile

dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 525 England
12 Mar 2014 2:24PM
Well seen and very nicely shot and presented.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2014 7:23PM
Many thanks everyone for your comments and especially to Philip-H for his User Award SmileSmileSmileSmile

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