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Thursday, 31 October 2019

North West

I have finally got around to covering North Lincolnshire, west of the River Trent...

Wind farm - NW Lincolnshire
Looking toward Goole Fields this area is probably more sparsely populated than the fens. Apparently, ideal for land based wind farms and horses.

Roadside attraction - NW Lincolnshire
I have photographed similar attempts by land owners all over Lincolnshire to capitalise on the 'fun farm' - There's not a lot else to do round here unless you like shooting things.

Roadside attraction - NW Lincolnshire

John Wesley - Epworth
I love the location of John Wesley's statue in Epworth. No grand plinth in the town square, this location is fitting given his views though, I guess the idea of being idolised at all would be anathema.

Owston Ferry
Owston Ferry, I love small town and village squares like this. There is a feeling of desolation and the sense of a faded community that existed before the television, mobile phones and the internet. It's not nostalgia as I actually like what is has become. The phone box has no phone inside it, what was the 'Albion Hall'? Who was Frances Sandres, he gifted the clock tower in 1866? Modern tractors hauling potatoes roar through the square at the same speed as cars. Who knows, with global warming we may have to start thinking more locally again and perhaps these community areas will be revitalised with markets and other social activities... in my dreams perhaps!

Thursday, 22 August 2019

More dereliction

The Plough at Potterhanworth Booths now itself as nostalgic as the technology it displays.


...and more garages, this is starting to get a bit like trainspotting!



The Blitz

The Blitz tearoom - Mablethorpe

In these divisive times we look back with nostalgia for when things were simpler, when the nation apparently pulled together as one. Are we in danger of mythologising the past and forgetting the reality? Why do we want to relive the blitz? Europeans remember the war with respect and try to honor those who died with peace and unification. We also remember with great respect but with one difference. We also consider ourselves the victors and it seems that the nostalgia of victory and our island/siege mentality contributes to a warped sense us and them. Perhaps it is because no one in Europe considered themselves to have won the war (they all lost), that to prevent any further occurrence of war they built a new political system, opened up their borders and even shared a common currency. None of this is perfect and things on this scale take time to achieve. Perhaps it is time to for us to heal rather than pick at old mythologised scabs. Solemnly respect those who gave so much for us and remember with humility rather than jingoism.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Scramble

Typhoons scrambling at RAF Conningsby.


Typhoons scrambling at RAF Conningsby

Sneaky polar bear

Polar bear

Polar bear

Garages

So it looks like I have another Jerusalem spin-off simmering away in the background.

The rise in MPG and reliability of modern cars has spelled disaster for a lot of rural garages. Tie this in with the current trend for electric vehicles and these garages will soon be contributing to the demise of rural communities in the same way as the near extinction of post offices, schools, pubs, village shops and chapels.








Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Dambuster

One of the only remaining prototype bouncing bombs. Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

The streets of London

"Should you ever meet a film director scouring the capital for a perfect Victorian street scene in which to set his latest costume drama, do recommend Barkham Street. There is just one snag - it is not in London. Barkham Street was built - by both mistake and design - 128 miles away in remotest Lincolnshire." Daily Telegraph By Peter Chapman 07 Oct 2000

So what is the connection with Bethlem Hospital, read on...

Unfortunately, at the time of posting the original article by Peter Chapman is no longer available online. A copy from the internet archive  can be read here.

Barkham Street - Wainfleet
Barkham Street - Wainfleet

Bethlem Hospital - London
Bethlem Hospital - London (Google Maps)

Extinction

What will become of rural garages if cars go electric? Will they go the same way as rural churches, pubs and post offices? Could be the next phase of the Jerusalem project...

Irby Filling Station




Jane Wright has an exhibition of internal views of abandoned buildings at Harding House Gallery, Lincoln, 25th May - 14th July https://www.janewrightphotography.com

Monday, 15 April 2019

Art at a crossroads

In these troubled times of austerity it looks like art is at a crossroads!

If you haven't done so already please visit the SLUG website to save the Usher Gallery

Art sign for Ingham Art Group exhibition