Early doors, old scores

I was shocked recently when I revisited the source, as in River, of my Edgelands series. All manner of rubble bunds are strewn around the place and the site with my old rusty tin hut has reptile fences all around it.

Something is going on. The reptile fences are to keep creepy things in but the rubble is to keep unwanted people and vehicles out.

This morning I was shooting large and medium format film and both formats have the bunds in the foreground. I moved the tripod to the edge of the bund for this shot which is not far off the position I used back in 2014.

Factory behind chainlink fence and scrubIs anyone doing anything in the group?

 

As far as the eye can see

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The Easter 2017 weekend is upon us. Yesterday I went out to Felixstowe to get a bag of chips for my birthday lunch. Normally we go to Aldeburgh but the the alignment of feast days, mine and that movable feast based on the moon, clashed. There would have been a queue a mile long waiting for chips in Aldeburgh and did not have the heart for waiting in line and throngs of people to contend with so it was Felixstowe, a very hot and sunny Felixstowe when out of the Easter Northerly wind.

I never tire of seeing ships in a harbour. Maybe it is down to to my early days in Liverpool and the magic of seeing ship’s bows  seemingly protruding almost to the edge of the Dock Road and the Maritime Museum that got it into my blood. Anyway as with all my Docklands photographs, no two images from the same spot are ever the same. Yesterday, seemingly there were nothing but MSC vessels alongside. Steely eyed people see this image will not the green of a another behemoth on the deep water terminal though.

I have never witnessed the presence of so many MSC vessels in port at the same time.

Has anyone else seen this phenomenon?

A new round of sunshine

Yesterday, Kevin Marrable and I climbed onto the roof of the James Hehir building in blisteringly bright sunny conditions. We moaned somewhat as it was just too bright and contrasty so we sat down and woofed our packed lunches waiting for the light to fade. Luckily given the pasting that the rest of the country was getting, wispy damp cloudy stuff lightened our spirits and we were off.

I had taken my Toyo 45A up for the first time and fired off 6 sheets of FP4 whilst waiting for the light to dampen down a tad. I’m looking forward to getting them in the tank and developed.

From all the visits we have had to this lofty vantage point, this was by far the best. It is I suppose a bit like growing up. I went up there with two cameras, one 5×4 field camera with B&W and a digital SLR with a prime short telephoto with the prime(sic) objective of making some waterfront panoramic images.

Tests on camera looked good. They always do don’t they? I was less than pleased with myself once I got to processing as I was a degree off vertical despite levelled heads and tripod with countless bubbles. I’ll have to sort this anomaly for next time.

Anyway here is one daylight shot with that warm late winter afternoon glow. I love making work in the winter.

Dock and townscape with yachts

The Wet Dock and Town December 22nd 2016

Eyes on the Road

The last Sky Ride in Ipswich

With Sky’s 8 year sponsership coming to an end, I decided to sign up and join the last Skyride around Ipswich.

For the most part it was a leisurely ride with many pot-holes recently filled in.

Speed test

There was the opportunity to see how fast you can go in the Sprint Zone.

Eyes on road

While at the base of the ‘Wine Rack’ you were advised to keep your ‘Eyes on the road!’

It was a pleasant day riding around and after two complete laps, with plenty of stops to take in the atmosphere, I duly collected my ‘One in a million’ medal.

Races run, shadows and fireworks

Dead bird leg with ring

Late and decapitated plus flesh-less racing pigeon

I’m slowly recovering from a marathon session with two fellow group photographers conducted yesterday in blazing sun and stiff breezes.

One week short of an anniversary, we ascended the rooftop of University of Suffolk’s James Hehir building to make a record of the events of the day and also to mark the passage of time and space associated with Ipswich Waterfront developments.

At one point yesterday morning I thought we might have been scuppered through a breakdown in lines of communication but that hiccup got resolved and soon we were hauling our precious gear up the north face of the building using ropes as we have done before. Once at base camp, we realised as ever with a shutter of photographers that the light was not how we wanted it and the wind, where was that on the forecast?

We were not in too much of a hurry to get going as waiting for the light gives plenty of time to see things. We happened upon a feathered carcass that had rings on both legs but no head and no meat left on the breast bones. A racing pigeon whose game was up so to speak but it travelled a considerable distance back and forth on the roof during the day as winds gusted to near on 25 knots.

Twilight last year was the kindest hour having had dullish weather all day. Here we were in 27 degrees and WSW winds of 17-25 knots and less activity around the dock on account of it not being a Maritime Festival – they are now to be held every other year. Twilight we hoped and yearned for but not a cloud in the sky.

That said, there were other things to make images from.Chairs and shadows

Shadows became friendly things to capture from on high as we waited for twilight and fireworks.

Sunset was 20:34 and pyros set for 21:00 – far too early but they got delayed for 15 minutes then someone lit the blue touch paper – still too light in my opinion but hey ho – mustn’t grumble.

Red fireworks

Red fireworks and smoke

 

The other intrepid photographers were Peter Ellis and Kevin Marrable. Look out for their posts.

In the meantime, check out my site for galleries of associated images.

http://tomowens.openpoint.co.uk/home/

 

Hehir today gone tomorrow

I’ve been a tad croaky of late but I forced myself out to grab some shots of our docklands project with the last rays of sunshine on 31st December 2015.

Hehir

It was hard to comprehend that three of us were up on the top of building to the left of the image for 12 hours during the second day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival in August.  There will not be a festival this year but at some point we will scale the heights again for some significant event or other as we add more images to the pot to edit from.

Is anyone else out there taking part in photoeast? We have asked for a slot but we await news on that front. Somehow I think the event is all topped and tailed. Whatever happens it ought to be a good blast for contemporary photography in Suffolk.

In the meantime keep alert and making images.

Docklands project scales new heights

Ipswich Wet Dock & Tidal berths 24th July 2015

Ipswich Wet Dock & Tidal berths 24th July 2015

On Friday 24th July 3 likely lads from the EACG group scaled new heights and road tested the procedures for gaining access to the roof of the James Hehir building in Ipswich wet dock.

A view of the Wet Dock lock and grain berth, Ipswich 24th July 2015

A view of the Wet Dock lock and grain berth, Ipswich 24th July 2015

 

The procedures went to plan. We will debrief when we next meet.

From the Archive

Hello, I thought it about time that I contributed some images to the group on the docklands project. I have selected four from my archive.

Cranes and Rigging is from May 2008  Cranes and Rigging

LT 472 is a bit later in Sept 2008  LT 472

Towering Above is a year on in August 2009  Towering Above

and Old Meets New is from Sept 2012   Old Meets New