Thursday, 8 October 2009

Northam at Noon

I had a day off work today, and decided to take a camera over to a part of Southampton I rarely visit these days: down by the waterside in Northam, one of those mixed light industrial and residential areas that is a palimpsest of successive waves of development and demolition. I particularly wanted to scout some locations for a later, more considered shoot of some gorgeous Victorian gasometers and a spectacular scrap metal yard. The light was not ideal for a late morning photographic session -- rather too bright and too harsh in contrast for my taste -- but perfect for an autumn walkabout, and I had a good time. Here's a little gallery of first selections.


Gavin McL said...

The first photo has some lovely riveting. A lost art these days. I worked in one shipyard where we were repairing JP Getty's yacht the Jezebel. It was pre-first world war and riveted. We had to dig some guys out of retirement to teach us how to sort the repairs out.

I live near some Gasometers and I love photographing them. I like the way the hoops of the support frames weave together to form spirals as you walk around them.

Mike C. said...

I agree, gasometers are extraordinary pieces of engineering with a beauty all their own -- I've been saving these ones up. As you say, that decorative riveting is outstanding.

From a photographic p-o-v the problem is finding somewhere to stand, they're so large... Luckily these ones are close by a couple of bridges (not to mention the St. Mary's stadium of Southampton F.C.) so interesting viewpoints are possible.

However, now I've scouted the geography and orientation, I can see that this, unfortunately, is going to be an early morning project...


Mauro Thon Giudici said...

Interesting places. Yes you are right contrast is the problem in casual walking. Unfortunately I'm a bit too lazy to get a constant setup of my early morning hours. Hope it works better for you. You know it must be the latin side :-D

Mike C. said...

Mauro, don't forget, morning arrives much later here in northern latitudes in winter -- you can be lazy and *still* get the early morning light! In fact, by Christmas, even here in Southampton it will be dark when I arrive at work and even darker when I leave (and in Scotland, I hear they get about half an hour's daylight around lunchtime...)