At the car wash

By mrswoolybill
Customer facilities at the car wash in Dunston, Gateshead.
I have seen this many times from the bus into Newcastle, but the number 10 doesn't stop anywhere near. So it required a change of bus at the Metro Centre and a long walk afterwards into town.
There is also a Rococo-esque gilt coffee table with onyx-esque top, but they hadn't moved it out of the portacabin.
Lovely guys, very welcoming. But they were disappointed that I don't do Facebook...
Colour will appear in a few days time. It's different...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Gateshead Black and white

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Comments


18 Feb 2020 8:12AM
A very up-market and POSH car wash, Moira. I just let the rain was my car these daysSadSmileSmile
Well spotted.

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18 Feb 2020 8:17AM
What, you're supposed to wash them? Why??
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 8:18AM
Too good to sit on - itís standing room only at our local car wash.
Well spotted Moira - well worth the trouble you went to for the pic.
Alfie
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
18 Feb 2020 8:30AM
excellent find!
Grin
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
18 Feb 2020 8:30AM
Where are the 5 year old copies of Autocar? 😁😁😁

Did you get a full wax and polish? 😁😁😁
18 Feb 2020 8:33AM
Where one would take oneís tea while having oneís Bentley washed. With oneís pinky out, what.
18 Feb 2020 8:34AM
outlandish in the sense of departing from what is to be expected.. and presenting photographic value worth of time and effort spent
Smile
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
18 Feb 2020 8:38AM
great find WinkWinkWink
Elegant seating - was the wash up to parr. Nice capture GrinGrinGrinGrin
clicknimagine Plus
10 635 100 India
18 Feb 2020 8:41AM

Quote:I have seen this many times from the bus into Newcastle, but the number 10 doesn't stop anywhere near. So it required a change of bus at the Metro Centre and a long walk afterwards into town.


I am really surprised by your passion for finding interest in mundane objects, you have certainly captured it well and made the mundane objects interesting...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2208 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 8:43AM
Thanks guys (twelve votes, all male, what is happening to women here??) And thanks Ollie for the UA.
We were on foot on this occasion but we have decided to return with the car some time. When I shall look for a suitable model...
saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 Norway
18 Feb 2020 9:38AM
Next time, I expect the image to be taken by Bill, with you, suitably clothed and embellished, siting on the middle throne with your speech to the nation in hand...Wink

"My husband and I..."
18 Feb 2020 9:45AM
Interesting ! I have often thought that entertainment at a car wash might be a lucrative business opportunity - a brothel perhaps ?
Regards David
18 Feb 2020 9:51AM
Well worth travelling for. I thought it might be the car wash at Sandringham at first.
kaybee 16 7.1k 26 Scotland
18 Feb 2020 10:01AM
You are truly dedicated to getting 'the' shot.
If they have access to Face-ache then I am sure they can find the shot here.
Saastad 1 16 5 Norway
18 Feb 2020 10:11AM
Well done Moira!
Lovely processing and composition

Arne
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
18 Feb 2020 10:21AM
A very upmarket car-wash! Rolls and Bentley cars only? Well spotted and the trek to find it was well worthwhile Excellent tones and framing Moira.
Ian
clevercloggs Plus
16 244 11 Netherlands
18 Feb 2020 10:44AM
well spotted.. for me the word 'open' adds an extra dimension to the image.
18 Feb 2020 10:51AM
Nice ! Can't wait for the color version. Hoping for some Parr or Eggleston colors Smile
The converting, do you use Nik efex?
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2208 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 11:47AM

Quote:I thought it might be the car wash at Sandringham at first.


Quote:A very upmarket car-wash! Rolls and Bentley cars only?


Quote:"My husband and I..."

This is Gateshead, folks. When the late Brian Sewell was asked his opinion of the Angel of the North he reportedly said 'A bomb should be dropped on it'. The interviewer asked 'Drop a bomb on the Angel?' 'No, drop a bomb on Gateshead...' The car wash is on waste land in a run-down industrial area.

Quote:entertainment at a car wash might be a lucrative business opportunity - a brothel perhaps ?

Built-in photo opportunities galore.

Quote:the word 'open' adds an extra dimension to the image.

An important part of the composition, and it made things difficult because the sun was just popping up above the portacabin.

Quote:interest in mundane objects

That's our world. The everyday is totally weird when you look closely.

Quote:The converting, do you use Nik efex?
Yep. Trouble is, I can never remember what I actually did there. I remember that I struggled with this one, to get the right tones in the wood and velvet of the chairs.
Thanks folks. The colour isn't really Martin Parr, though I love his work. But it is rather attractive, I think.

18 Feb 2020 11:53AM
Very fancy seating Moira , no seating in most of ours here as most are self wash or drive through , great shot
Ian
18 Feb 2020 12:00PM
They obviously hold their customers in high regard, Moira.
I take it this is where you have your Roller cleaned.

JohnWink
Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
18 Feb 2020 12:33PM
Now that's one for the books!!!!! A rare fine, worthy of your effort.
Tramper 12 3 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 12:36PM
Great photo and well worth the hassle.
capto Plus
8 6.2k 18 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 2:40PM
By Royal Appointment I'm sure.WinkSmile
ivor
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 15 England
18 Feb 2020 2:56PM
Blimey Moira, with chairs like this it must be really posh! 😁 Well worth the effort of getting there and back 👍
Trev 😀
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
18 Feb 2020 5:30PM
Oh My---- I have posted several "Car Wash" images--- no elegant chairs etc--best to stay seated inside the car as it gets trundled thru the various sprays, etc........but you must close the window .unless you want a wash as well! only takes about 15 minutes .........

This looks much more interesting!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2208 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 6:05PM
Jennnn, I thought of you as I was taking this. Wink This is a hand car wash, so no big brushes. If you go to Google Maps, search Diamond Hand Car Wash Dunston, and blow up the satellite image you'll get an idea of the state of affairs; though the image was taken before the portacabin and chairs arrived.
Thanks folks and special thanks to Somnath for adding his UA.
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 6:53PM
Made me smile and a lovely story, has a homely feel for a car wash.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
18 Feb 2020 7:51PM
Gateshead in the process of gentrification...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2208 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 9:21PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks Sue for the UA. A good way to end the day.
18 Feb 2020 9:45PM
Surreal and very well seen.

LorySmile
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2020 11:19PM
Very creative composition... A good result.
Isabel GrinGrin
richmowil Plus
11 411 2 England
19 Feb 2020 12:03AM
They clearly don't have enough work if they have time to sit in the posh chairs.Wink

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