Black and White, Photography


OK, I get it!

Yesterday I posted what was basically an advert and no new pictures.
Result? Usual amount of views, about a fifth of the usual amount of ‘likes’.

So today is a picture post. I’m not particularly bothered by the absolute number of likes but, at the same time, I can see that the ratio in the numbers does tell me something inescapable and that is that no one really likes adverts very much, do they?

This wreck of a house was just up the road from me until about six months ago, now there’s a large, newly built one taking shape on the land.

What I found intriguing about this one was being able to see that there were some internal furnishings visible on the walls inside, and the pretty new looking stainless steel chimney flue was glinting defiantly in the light. It indicated that perhaps it was replaced at a late stage of the property’s habitation and leaving the place was also perhaps not a decision that was expected to be made.

I’m sure there is a story to it somehow.

I’m hopeful that it was perhaps the landowners waiting for it to fall down, which can be their patient way around here. Planning is more likely to be passed on a new house which ‘replaces’ an existing but now irreparable building on a land plot.

18 thoughts on “Hopeful”

    1. Thank you Mr Outlaw. It’s of course too late to worry about yesterday too much any more (in general as well as just here) but it’s difficult not to when it is still around on the last page!


  1. I don’t like anyone, as you know. I did comment earlier though.

    I love pictures like this of crumbling old properties. So much texture to photograph! Works well as a square too, seems the right format to include enough sky, building, and foreground remains of building.

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    1. Yes, I’ve tried the 10×8 but the square just keeps everything of interest in the frame nicely hemmed in!
      Incidentally, this a fresh edit of an earlier rather than current photograph – you may remember asking me if I ever did that, so this is the answer!


        1. No, completely fresh edit this morning so freshly cropped, B/W converted and tweaked from the larger 3:2 original RAW.


          1. So how do you choose a photo to return to and re-imagine? Even with, I feel, fairly ruthless editing, I probably still keep 50 photos a month, sometimes more. Multiple by 12 months a year and the 14ish years I’ve seriously photographing, and it’s approaching 10k. Yikes!


          2. As usual with me, no science to it. I do a fairly ruthless first review and only keep maybe 30% of my RAW files. I will then go through those and flag my favourites for editing and make my JPEG’s from them and maybe keeping one or two rated alternatives .
            Occasionally I’ll do a further culling review of the catalogue. Sometimes, just a different mood/energy or attentiveness levels while you’re doing that lets you see something in another of the frames or inspires you try something that you didn’t last time. That’s when I’m glad I keep RAW files, to enable completely fresh edits. The photographs don’t change as such, it’s just I can change how I’m responding or visualising to it on different days. Sometimes it’s just learning, or regretting something ‘wrong’, maybe attaching a note to go back to the location and get the better photo I wish I’d taken first time!


          3. I agree you can certainly look at older photos with a different mood and viewpoint to that you had when you first made them, and see something different.

            The trouble I have is just the volumes. I don’t necessarily want to make fewer photos because I love the process, but the thought of going through hundreds, let alone thousands, I do not enjoy, and kind of dread almost.

            That said, I have slightly changed my editing approach in recent months, which I prefer. I keep all the photos from one month in one folder (easier too as I’ve been doing my One Month One Camera project for the last three months) then each time I add new photos I go through the whole month of photos again from the start.

            It means some that slipped through by the skin of their teeth on the first couple of edits might get culled after the third or fourth sweep, and those I do keep seem to grow in stature as every time I review them again, I find I still like them very much. This feels manageable going forward, month by month.


  2. I’m a little saddened (if not surprised) that your more traditional pieces are better selling. (Though those, like this particular shot, are really phenomenal.) I’m suffering from my inability to choose between a number of your more unorthodox standouts, but when I’ve broken through that, I’m looking forward to talking to the people who notice and ask about your work. Quite a few have no idea about Society6 or Redbubble (which I prefer for their less aggressive marketing) is larger — but I enjoy enlightening them! Pay day cometh, and a treat for myself is overdue…


    1. Well thank you very much for that, Sun. I used to use Society6 exclusively at first but I too found keeping up with their pretty much weekly marketing activity and sales a pain, so I moved to Redbubble.

      I do keep the Society6 account there now because it does no harm to me and relatively little maintenance (once I’d had enough of doing a new post here just to keep up with them announcing a new discount!) but tend to keep it to just the abstract work.

      I look forward to finding the email in my inbox then, and discovering what you have chosen – and don’t forget that if what you like isn’t there, I can upload anything you like from here as a print-sized image for you if you email me.

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      1. For now, I had enough favorites to choose from (a small print and a hardcover journal — such a great option for me). But in the future it would be nice to see some of your magnolias there, I think!

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  3. It’s beautiful in its way – far more interesting (to me, anyway) than a twinkly new building that’s all about its
    oh-so-perfect construction and solidity. You made a wonderful portrait of it!
    As to blog content? LOL I’ve been blogging for nearly 15 years and still have no clue how to be successful at it. You’re far beyond me; your site is stunning, very professional, interest, AND “approachable.” 😁

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    1. Well thank you Robin.
      I’m not very prolific at the moment, we’re all in hiding really, but lovely to have your compliments, much appreciated.

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