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Ocean View
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Published: June 29, 2008
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Updated 03/09/2014 @ 13:23


Location: Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, England
Date: 02/06/2008 @ 15:51
Light Conditions: Daylight/Overcast

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: 17-85 mmm
Focal Length: 22 mm
Flash: --
Flash Mode: --
Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec.
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: ISO-400
Filters: UV

Post-work: Crop, Monochrome, Split Tone
Related items: "Everything Must Go" series





This is the second image from a series entitled Everything Must Go, a study of Whitley Bay and the state that it is in. This was produced as a college project, and while it's something of a botch-job I think it's a theme that I can develop further using different locales, or even all of them culmitavely.

This image was taken on the street of the same name as the title of this piece; it's an old hotel that became a nursing home, that itself shut down. The building has been abandoned for some time.

There will be more from this series, along with a continuation of uploads for the Deadwood series of shots taken at Cramlington Park, in the near future.

Thank-you for your patience.
Image size
700x700px 291.74 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Aperture
F/7.1
Focal Length
22 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jun 2, 2008, 3:51:30 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size
4mm
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EintoeRn's avatar
EintoeRnHobbyist Photographer
houses with faces. once you see one you find them all !!
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Heh, yes indeed. Thank-you for the comment.
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EintoeRnHobbyist Photographer
:highfive:
icarus-ica's avatar
it´s a face , isn´t it ? ;)
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Hahah; now that you mention it I can clearly see it. I hadn't made that association before now.
A-r-i-t-a's avatar
Do you know why Whitley Bay became abandoned?
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arctoaStudent Photographer
The town isn't abandoned, as such, just incredibly ran-down compared to how it was. There are many reasons why: it relied on tourism and the UK isn't a desirable location any more, especially up north. Also, the main populace who made the place nice are either old or dead now, and those who replaced them aren't as bothered about where they live. There're also political reasons.. anyway, thank-you for adding this to your favourites.
A-r-i-t-a's avatar
I see. Something similar is happening in the city I live in. It's going through urban decay. The suburban areas are expanding rapidly, with new houses being built over the course of a few weeks. They're cheaply built displays to showcase people's wealth, if that makes sense. While the outskirts keep developing, the inner city is falling apart. Main Street is infamous because its lined with abandoned shops and the people who roam the street are usually dealing with addiction, poverty, etc.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Yeah, I know what you mean: the place where I live used to be a small village surrounded by fields but it has been bloated beyond all recognition by identikit housing; the old parts of the village have gotten increasingly rough as all the decent people move to the new areas.
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LaughingAstaraelProfessional Traditional Artist
The lace curtains still being there make this somehow that much sadder.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Yeah, it's a soul-sucking location. It's right next to the sea, too: the building looks out upon it.
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LaughingAstaraelProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh, god. ._. I can imagine what a desolation it must be.
Hantenshi's avatar
As I've written before, I really like how your title gives a complete different dimension to your picture :)
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Thank-you for that, I'm glad you do like it.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Cheers for that, it's appreciated. Glad you like it.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
Thank-you.
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Lilybladex Writer
A picture of exclusion and lonliness. Even the curtains are shut and the doors look foreboding and daring.

A very exceptional photograph.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
It's certainly a desolate area of the world, that street corner. I'm glad you like it, thank-you for adding it to your favourites.
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limnides Artist
There is a real feeling of forced solitude in this.

I also have to make note of the clarity and the richness of the tones, it's something that really makes it stand out.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
I think I would like to get inside at some point, to see what it is like. From the outside it looks fairly foreboding, like the place has been literally abandoned in the course of a single day.
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limnides Artist
It'd be an adventure, (hopefully caught in stills?) My own experiences with abandoned places has left me with some interesting memories.
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arctoaStudent Photographer
I've never really been in anything other than a farm warehouse. That Spiller's Mill wasn't exactly abandoned, merely moth-balled. There was still a minimal security detail there. An' yeah, if I did break & enter I would be taking my camera with me.
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