Over two years ago, I visited Milkbank House and the adjoining kennels and photographed it using standard visible-light camera equipment. A fixed 28mm prime did the job just fine and ever since I captured them, I have always taken pleasure from the images that I was able to make back then. Fast-forward to present-day, however, I now have a few more tools at my disposal which enable me to further indulge my strong passions for IR photography and, other alternative wavelength photography, too. As soon as I received my IR conversions a couple of weeks ago from The Doctor, I quickly got to thinking about nearby locations and subjects with which I might immerse myself, and, Milkbank was the very first that came to mind.
I | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Front & Side Exterior | 760nm Infrared.
When I visited again, (this time with my IR set-ups), just a few days ago, the weather was even, though humid, however, thick, unattractive cloud-cover and direct-sun were at constant odds with each other which for the most part, made things a little tricky but as I was in no rush to leave, I simply mooched around for a couple of hours and captured what I could. It’s not somewhere that I would simply stop-by all that often and while suitable light permitted, I made sure that I had plenty of time to wander about the place and capture the ruin from angles that I had previously not considered. I’m very glad that I did. (Sadly, I was not able to photograph the rear elevation due to the density of nature’s reclamation and I will return to rectify this, making sure that I’m better prepared next time. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon here, despite the annoyingly opportunistic horse-flies and the wasps).
It is understood that the house itself was built around 1895 next to the pre-existing kennels and, has been derelict since around 1960. There are interesting links between Milkbank and Jardine Skinner & Co. of Calcutta, the Presidency of the Bank of Bengal and, a local Justice of the Peace.
II | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Corner Exterior | 760nm Infrared.
Even in little over two years, from my own images taken back then it is clear to see the acceleration of nature in its unstoppable reclaiming of the space – only so because no-one has yet intervened. In a way, I find this a pity – to leave such a place to the mercy of time but then, if anybody had already, I would never have been able to capture any of these frames.
Because I have no wish to make any of my posts too image-heavy, it’s my intention to share a few images at a time over the course of four or maybe five smaller collections. If you have an interest in either black and white, or infrared photography, or simply in old derelicts, it’d be good to have your company for a while. I truly am passionate about this and find more joy in the entire process, the longer I (selfishy, perhaps) indulge.
Thank you so much for reading and, I do hope you enjoy this first instalment.
III | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | Front Entrance – Exterior | 760nm Infrared.
IV | Milkbank House (2018) | 28mm | 760nm Infrared.
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(By the way, if you’re interested, here is where you can see what the house looked like in 1960 or thereabouts.)