Clevedon Marine Lake, September 2020

The photos here are from two separate visits to photograph the seawater swimming lake in Clevedon, just a few days apart. I wasn't happy with the results from the first visit, so actually went back and had another go. We visited the lake last summer (see Clevedon & Portishead, June 2019), when I realised that it would be perfect for some long exposures - so having some time off work in September, I decided to give it a go. I specifically avoided a sunny day, as that wouldn't work so well. One other thing I had to do was make sure that the swimmers knew I wasn't taking photos of them - it's a public space so you can just pitch up and take photos. I made it clear to everyone that I wasn't photographing them and was using long exposures - it actually made for a few conversations as people were interested in the film cameras and the technique. The first set...
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Purton Hulks, September 2020

I'd only been to the Purton Hulks once before, on a bitterly cold December day in 2017, so visiting on a warm September day was a bit of a change.Basically, the spit of land between the River Severn and the Sharpness/Gloucester Canal was shored up in the 1950s with a number of boats and barges, which have decayed over the decades - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purton_Hulks It's a fascinating location, definitely worth a visit. These are a mix of digital and film, with the film being taken on the Hasselblad. I tried a new film - Lomography Metropolis, which had been recommended to me as something with de-saturated colours. It's lovely stuff, but not cheap. I realised when I looked for a link to the 2017 shots that I'd never blogged them - so here's a selection. ...
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Newport Transporter Bridge, September 2020

I had been vaguely aware of Newport Transporter Bridge for a fair while, but for some reason it popped up in my Instagram feed during the summer, so I decided to head over for a look during September. It was lucky that I did, as I was there only a week or two before it closed - and that might be for a couple of years, as they are going to be refurbishing it. And what a spectacular thing it it, very much the sort of industrial thing I like to photograph.Even better, you can walk across the top - the steps up weren't too bad, and the walk across was quite something. ...
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Arnos Vale, September 2020

Making the most of some time off work in September, combined with a relatively relaxed period of lockdown, I met a friend for a socially-distanced wander around Arnos Vale. It's been tidied up a lot since I first went there back in 2003, but there are still large areas that are heavily overgrown - it's a fascinating place, well worth a visit. The square ones here were taken on the Hasselblad, with Ilford XP2 film. ...
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Aust, January 2020

We had a particularly frosty Saturday night during January, so I thought I'd head down to Aust to see how it looked. The biggest surprise was that it actually looked very different - they'd knocked down the old ticket office, leaving just a wall and the turnstile.A bit of research shows that South Gloucestershire Council had consulted on, and approved, some changes to make the site safer and more secure, and to discourage some anti-social behaviour.There are more changes to come, but hopefully I'll still be able to access the site and take more photos. Back to the visit - the frost was pretty spectacular, and while I was there the sun started to burn it off. ...
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