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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
6 86 14 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 8:55PM
superb Helen, I really like these.

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derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 9:02PM
The light is very nice Helen. The desaturated colour works well.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
6 Mar 2014 9:11PM
You have captured the feel so well. - gary
taggart Plus
12 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
7 310 1 England
6 Mar 2014 10:33PM
Its a stunning place!! Two fine images Helen, just as I remember it!!
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 10:41PM
Everything about this works so well.
6 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
6 38 100 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 9 3 8 Scotland
7 Mar 2014 12:48AM
Looks a treasure trove indeed Helen,
for rust and decay !!
Good shots.
PranavMishra 4 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 Plus
9 196 18 Greece
7 Mar 2014 5:55AM
How sad to see, Helen, excellent captures. Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 6:51AM
A visually fascinating record of neglect and decline. I think that the desaturation works well.
7 Mar 2014 7:02AM
Two beauties
User_Removed 3 10 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 7:45AM
A touch of the past

mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1500 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
4 1.0k 1 England
7 Mar 2014 1:03PM
I just love the pastel tones, and the textural detail.
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
7 Mar 2014 1:28PM
Excellent work, Helen. I like them a lot. The desaturation worked well.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 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
5 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Mar 2014 11:16PM
nš1 for me I love the subdued colours!
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 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!
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
10 Mar 2014 8:59PM
Sure we've got a crack to match that! Smile

dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
12 Mar 2014 2:24PM
Well seen and very nicely shot and presented.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 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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