Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Macro & Close-Up Photos

When I first had the idea of adding a page for macro shots I only had a few, which is why I added close-ups to the page in order to pad it out a bit. As it happens, I seem to have a massive amount of the latter, but I've whittled them down to the best of my favourites.

The first five photos are the real macros, taken during an explore of the abandoned Lyme Bay Cider buildings in Seaton, Devon. A  challenge was issued on the forum 'Derelict Places' to use a 50mm lens on the next outing and post up the subsequent photos. My macro lens is 58mm, which I rarely ever use, but I bent the rules a bit and had a go...which gives a whole new perspective to the images, and was a lot of fun too. 

The first photo is part of a fence with some fine wire netting behind it. The one above shows the end of the horizontal fence bar affixed to the upright post.

Above is the rim of a cider barrel which was full of water. Below is the fence again with a random painted metal bracket affixed to it.

And below is the bundle of wire netting with a corrugated shed in the background.

Still in Lyme Bay Cider for the next three photos (and still using the 58mm lens), below is a close-up of one of the weathered doors.

Barrel hoops leaning against the wall of the old stables. I love seeing the various textures of metal, stone and brick together. The depth of field obtained with this lens means that the slightest difference in distance can result in an out of focus halo around the subject or, as in this case, the edges of the subject itself, which I also rather like.

And another door to the old stables at Lyme Bay Cider. Lots of lovely blue peely paint and rusty metal. Magic!

Using my usual wide angle lens, the next photo was taken at Seaton Junction, part of the building which formerly housed Axminster Engineering & Moulding Co, and before that was Express Dairies. You might have guessed by now that I love peely paint and rust!

Another thing I like...amongst many oddities...are airbricks. The one below was found on a building near to Bridport's West Mill.

More weathering and brick below, found on a shuttered window on the side wall of Willoughby House in Seaton. Although I used my 28mm lens, focussing on the lowest and nearest spot allowed the top parts to gradually go out of focus.

And another airbrick. This one is on the exterior wall of Lyme Mill in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

The following two photos were taken at the derelict Lysaghts Social Club in South Wales. Below is a funky little fan set into the wall.

As we were leaving Lysaghts, I spotted this piece of plaster with embossed wallpaper stuck to it.

Back to Devon, the name plaque to Old Church House is in Colyton. Again, it's that combination of textures that I enjoy...the grain of the wood against the smooth whitewashed stone wall. Not to mention the cute little angel with wings!

The next photo was taken at Otter Mill in Ottery St Mary, Devon. I love the broken window and the word 'snoop' scratched into the patch of plaster below it. Yup, I reckon that's what I am! ;)

More rusty goodness below...part of an oil tank. This was one of the few random items left at Racal Electronics in Seaton, Devon, when the site was demolished.

More from Racal, the bird feeders hung up in the trees were still there when I last visited the site. Sadly...very sadly, the trees were cut down after demolition. Why? I really can't understand why they would do that, as the trees were on the edge of the river bank, and nothing has been done to the site since. I loved those bird feeders. Partly because they were derelict too, with their rusty appearance, but also because some of the employees enjoyed feeding the birdies.

A random find whilst looking at Exeter's Water Treatment Plant & Research Establishment on a spit on the River Exe...a humungous fungus! 

Below, two photos from Simpson's Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, now sadly demolished. A close-up of some molds with decorative patterns.

And one of a desk in one of the upstairs offices. A part-glazed saucer and spilled pigments.

South wales again, with a photo from British Iron Works. A fab remaining upright to the now non-existant door with a bracket and chain.

Back in Devon, the funky cog is part of a conveyor that I saw at Shapwick Grange Chalk Quarry.

Another from the same quarry, showing part of the crusher.

Next up, three pics of handles on church doors. The first was taken at St Mary's church in Ottery St Mary, Devon.

The lovely old wood grain and metal studs is quite different to the next one, which was taken at St Michael's Chapel in Colyford, Devon. A Victorian 'new build', the wood is obviously newer and shinier, with a great twisted ironwork handle.

And the third...another Mediaeval door with metal studs and lots of grainy weathering, situated in St Michael's church at Shute in Devon.

The one above isn't all that close for a real close-up as I'm not that tall. But, I do love taking photos of interesting features with odd angles to show the surrounding architecture...especially the various building materials such as the brick, stone and cast iron. This is a photo from the Unitarian Meeting Chapel in Sidmouth.

Nice peely paint, weathered wood and an oddly shiny door handle. Another door, taken in the abandoned site office at Kilmington Quarry, above.

Below is another juxtapostion of different textures. On the outer wall of the Town Mill in Colyton is this fabulous wooden beam end abutting the flint rubble wall next to another wall of brick.

A touch of seaside shabby chic, below, showing several peely paint layers on a windowsill of the derelict Devon Dive Centre in Seaton. Love the colours of the paint.

And now for something completely different...and a few that aren't elsewhere on the website.

My kitchen windowsill is full of blue and green glass amongst several plants, and having washed out a milk bottle one day I saw how the colours were reflected in the bubbles. It needs a bit more experimenting with, but my favourite result is above.

This is an odd one! I was clearing out my writing desk one day when I found a used photo film. I had absolutely no idea when it was taken or what of, so I had it processed to find out. It turned out to have been taken around 20 years before...and it came out mostly purple! The photos were quite funky though, and I especially liked the close-up of the sweet peas, above.

And finally, this was when my fascination with taking photos of peely paint began. Out on a walk with my son, we came across this old bench half hidden in the hedgerow. I love these colours and the way the peeling reveals the layer beneath.

That's all for now, but I now have a yearning to get my 58mm lens out again...so I may be adding some more soon! 

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