Postcards from the Recovery Position | PT.VI – Reprise | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, photography, ruins, structures

Lincluden Collegiate Church | 720nm Infrared [PT.II]


These two frames have been a long time (for me, anyway) on my shortlist for posting, since my initial publication of my first infrared captures of this beautiful ruin, back in May. They were captured in the middle of April just nine days before I became incapacitated (for a while at least) and for me – they still have great significance and certainly more than would ever allow me to forget the past and simply move on without acknowledgement of it. 

Life was good. And it is, still.

R.

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[Postscript: Sadly, I have learned of late that this gorgeous ruin has been subjected to no small levels of recent vandalism and, I feel even more fortunate to have captured when I did. I have not yet returned to it but when (and if) I do, I know already just how upset I will feel. So, I do hope you’ll enjoy these frames as I am almost certain that no-one is going to put their hands in their pockets for the clean-up. A sobering likelihood of all our todays.]

[Images: Fujifilm X100 Internal 720nm IR – 35mm Equiv.]

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XXIV | 35:Chronicle

50mm, black & white, colour, photography, still life

A Little Light Muse [Sic]!


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Goldielea Viaduct | 720nm Infrared | Ricoh GR | 35:Chronicle

28mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, rural, skies, structures, trees

Isn’t it Always About – Time?


When I first moved up to Scotland, this disused viaduct was very soon to be a very regular sight for me – in that my regular work travels around the area of Dumfries & Galloway put it often in my line of sight. Needless to say, taking my love of old, bold structures, landscape and infrared photography into consideration, I have surprised myself that almost twenty years have passed and, I have only recently photographed it. From the roadside, it stands tall and proud, around two-hundred yards away amidst fields and forestry and, a care home stands directly in front of it. Behind it, sits a house and its grounds that, from first appearances, look to have once been a large stable block and yard. It’s unarguably  a beautiful and idyllic spot.

It was a couple of months ago when a rare day occurred; the sun came out early in the morning and seemed to threaten hard to remain out all day so, I grabbed one of my IR  cameras; not specifically for this series of images though, moreso to just throw in my small back-pack for a bike-ride with Angela that would take us through some gorgeous scenery and eventually terminate here – on the Dalbeattie side of Cargenbridge (on the outskirts of Dumfries). All the recent physiotherapy I have been having, though massively helpful, could not have filled my mind with the strength I seemed to feel on this day. An all-too-short twelve miles of road and off-road climbs under a relentlessly blue sky and increasing heat, pushing my legs to the limit and straining my once broken spine into comfortable submission had me feeling on top of the world and then, we climbed towards the viaduct that I have seen so many times over the years. Today, I would bag it. About time, indeed.

Thank you for reading my pages and, I do hope you’ll enjoy these three (rather later than they deserve to be) frames.

R.

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  • Engineer: John Miller.
  • Operational: 1859-1965. Castle Douglas & Dumfries Railway.
  • Desc: Fine 18 Arch, Double-Track Viaduct on a Curve, 1011ft Long & 92ft High.
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The Falkirk Wheel | PT.I | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, boats, infrared, photography, skies, structures, summer

They Paved Paradise.


It’s not what you’d expect and it certainly was not what I expected it to be either; I didn’t do any research, favouring surprise over fore-knowledge of a place that is often mentioned but not yet visited. Much like a literary classic, I suppose, that sits on the shelf for years and soon becomes ignored until the day when it simply falls into your hand. Well, it was that close and quite simply could not be ignored.

The Falkirk Wheel is a monumental piece of engineering – a rotating boat lift that since 2002 has reconnected the Forth & Clyde Canal (below) and the Union Canal (above), the first time since the 1930s. The site itself is one of the most staggering pleasures to the eyes but I have to say, that turning the whole place into a theme-park doesn’t lend well to the sheer awe of it all. Certainly, it will draw huge income and just as likely, it makes life a little tricky for any photo-enthusiast (ie: moi!) to make images of the prime attraction – the wheel itself. Nonetheless, without wishing to sound like an affiliate to the Scottish Tourist Board (or an anti-affiliate at that) for anyone who is interested in the waterways of Scotland, or anywhere for that matter, or engineering – this thing is a must see.

It works on the principle of Archimedes theory of displacement (that a body immersed in water displaces its own weight in water) thus, each of the two gondolas contains 250 tonnes (250,000 litres) of water without a boat within, or the same weight when containing a vessel. This means that enough electricity to boil a few kettles is required to get the wheel turning before the balance of the two gondolas (180 degrees from each other) keep the wheel turning in perfect balance with each other. It’s all extremely simply yet, ridiculously clever. 

Here, I have done my best to capture some of the essence of the Wheel whilst sticking to the idea of conscious exclusion, (in other words, without the pedalos, ice-cream stalls, crowds and, bouncy castles, for instance). I do hope you’ll enjoy this first instalment. 

R.

[All images: Fujifilm X100 Internal 720nm IR – 35mm Equiv.]

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The Kelpies – After Sunset | 35:Chronicle

black & white, night / low-light, photography, structures, waterscape

Horses in the Sky.


It’s simply not possible to visit these mind-blowing structures by day and to not return after sunset to see them in their dazzling, alternative guise. After the child-like exuberance I enjoyed while photographing them with my two IR cameras earlier in the afternoon, I suffered yet more of it with the anticipation of returning after  sundown, to shoot them again, this time lit up from their insides against a darkening, moody evening sky. A few expletives leap to mind when I remember just what I thought to myself as the Kelpies began to shine – and only seemed to intensify.

Oddly, I did not take a tripod with me, trusting instead that my Df would handle the low-light pretty well (especially as I was only ever intending to capture them for black and white) therefore, all of these frames were snagged hand-held, 28mm at ISO:6400. I’ve included a colour frame original from shot one, at the end. I really do hope you’ll enjoy them!

[Thanks, Alena, for the sub-heading – by far the funniest comment I’ve received in a long while, I can tell you!]

R.

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For Angela.

My first break away since the big breaks! Without you, these shots wouldn’t have even happened. For your patience and, my motivation – thank you!

X.

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The Kelpies | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, structures

Transformations.


By the end of July I was already starting to get back on my feet, so, after almost three months of restrictions, it was time for us to plan a road-trip and – do something a little bit different. I dumped the crutches in the boot of the car (just in case) and, we headed to Grangemouth, home of the Kelpies, for a few days r’n’r. 

Though we’d read before about these incredible structures, nothing could have actually prepared us for the sight that awaited us as we approached them on the motorway. Our hotel destination was only a mile or so away from The Helix where these two stunning 300-tonne, 30m high, steel-panelled structures are  situated, so we couldn’t have been better placed. Within an hour of checking in, I’d already loaded up the cameras I’d be using to photograph them and, we were setting off on foot already towards the canal and – towards our first close-up look at the Kelpies; the name itself deriving from the Scottish word for shape-shifting water spirits which inhabit Scotland’s lochs and pools.

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Designed and built by Andy Scott in 2013, the Kelpies have been given huge acclaim and attract millions of visitors every year. Its not hard to see why. Standing upon a specially constructed lock and basin, they dominate the skyline in a way so rarely seen, anywhere. For this reason alone, I was determined to capture them in infrared right from the off but in fact, the first and third frame I shall post here, were shot on day two when the clouds had finally lifted to let the sun in. Frame two was shot on day one under less than ideal IR conditions but, has to be included to give some frame of reference as to their domineering and imposing presence. They truly are a sight to see and, I do hope you’ll enjoy these first few frames.

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On a side note, I would like to thank, so much,  all of you who follow or regularly read my pages and my works for bearing with me. It’s been a really difficult year since April but I am very glad to say that not only am I recovering extremely well, but I have been so busy enjoying the fruits of life again that I have found ridiculously little time to sit, process, write or do much else for that matter. I really have been making up for lost time, which is another way of saying – my catalogue of shots has been increasing lately!

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It’s bally good to be back, so, for reading me again – thank you! 

R.

[All images: Fujifilm X100 Internal 720nm IR – 35mm Equiv.]

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