It was 3 years ago now when I picked up somebody in my taxi and he happened to mention he had just been to a meeting about scaff going up on the cathedral (and nearly every other church in Norfolk) in order to restore the roof and carry out essential maintenance. So me and my matey decided to go and have a look at it.. The 1st night we popped down mainly to recce it and nearly got up, but soon discovered we would need a sling to let us pull ourselves over the stupidly high fence. So we headed off into the dark of the night and on the way out ripped my trousers on the spiked fence So we popped back the next night, crept around the homeless person living under the blue tarp and made our way up, and as soon as we had got up we were rather happy that we had, but also disappointed that we had not taken out factor 50 suntan lotion and sunglasses, as it seemed every HPS light was trained directly onto us… We did not fancy getting spotted walking about so we kept to the shadows due to this having just been in the newspapers that week, and we figured if they thought we were interfering with it, it would be a lot of bother. So we made it up to the highest point of the scaffolding then packed up our camera gear and scooted of into the darkness of the night, just as they were locking up the gates for the grounds, so all in a great night with great company.
It was a pleasure to be invited to the opening evening of the Norwich Fashion week 2015 where i represented Wex Photographic and Norwich University of Arts where I study. The Retailers show kick started a full week of shows and events around Norwich. Throughout the night we were shown some amazing garments from a variety of High Street Chains and local independent stores such as Jarrolds, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, Aluna J, Scarlet, Vanilla, Gallyons, Elements, House of fraser, Windsor Bishop, Norfolk Boutique, Ginger, Jonathan Trumbulls and Hatters.
The models hair was styled by The Gallery and Swagger Jacks. Whilst the makeup was by the Jarrold Beauty Hall.
Over the 90 minutes we were treated to a great display of Formal Wear to Country style, with models cast by Sandra Reynolds agency. They were amazing, with great turnaround times and music that suited the ambiance of the event.
From a photographers perspective it was a delight to photograph, a decent pit to shoot from, it was good to have the opportunity to chat to other local photographers and also catch up with a few friends.
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When the Steel mill closed in 2012 I knew there and then that I wanted to get inside it and check it out. But little did I know that due to my lazy ass and work schedule it would be 2 years later when I would walk in the door and my jaw would drop on the floor in pure amazement of the scale of the site. How had I managed to neglect this big industrial monster that was only a short drive away from Norfolk. So nice one to Wevsky for the map 2 years ago lol
When we were walking around it was just amazing that the amount of dust was there,the wind was howling through the site and the sun beaming in through every available nook and cranny creating some of the best light beams I have ever seen. After around 4 hours of covering half of the ground floor and the 1stfloor we decided that we would head off to our second location and make sure that we came back soon for a re-visit.
In January 2012 the site all of a sudden shut with the loss of 350 Jobs. The site had previously been sold to Al-Tuwairqi Group (ATG) in 2002 when its previous owners went into liquidation. But obviously things did not improve.
There are now rumours in the local press that part of the site could open as a rolling mill by the summer of 2015 creating 120 jobs.
Well this was my 1st explore of 2015, and as luck would have it not our planned 1st explore. We had intended to pop to the recently closed coke works just up the road in Barnsley, but this was a hive of activity, and not from the explorer buses turning up, but the decommissioning team already flat out and on the case So after a nearly 4 hour drive, and it just starting to rain as we got there, we decided to tick of a few things on the overdue to do list…. Off to George Barnsley’s it was to be after about a few secs of deciding.. So 30 mins later and were parked up outside and making our way inside.. I had seen reports on-line, but for some reason it had a lot more to offer than I realised. Mates had been saying for a long time that it would be right up my street, and oh boy they were right. Plenty of shots to have a play with both the wide angel and 50mm and I was in heaven for the morning we spent inside.
On the way out a random encounter with some bloke on his phone as we hopped over the wall was rather odd, as he gave each of us the good morning too ya nod, so after all this fun it was time to jump back into the motor and head off to the nearest Macdonalds covered and smelling of pigeon poop.
George Barnsley and Sons Ltd. (founded 1836) They were in Cornish Place on the Don and specialised in forge filing and cutting tools for leather workers and shoe makers. One George Barnsley was Master Cutler in 1883.
George Barnsley and Son is listed in the 1837 Sheffield directory as a file manufacture situated on Wheeldon Street, The 1849 listing records a move to Cornhill and the 1852 to Cornish works Cornish street they had by this time also increased there product range to include steel files, shoe and butchers knives.
They are again listed in 1944 as manufactures of files and blades shoe knives and leather workers tools.
In the 1948 listing the business had become George Barnsley and Son Ltd George Barnsley died at his home at No 30 Collegiate Crescent on 30th March 1958, he lived there with his wife Mabel and mother-in-law Elizabeth. He was a partner in the firm which were steel and file manufacturers and the business was converted into a limited company about 10 years before his death.
Decided to pop back and have a little look about, it had been 14 months since I had last gone and to be honest not much has changed, a few more broken windows, more chalets are now sealed up properly, and somebody has thrown the medics storage cupboard in the pool. Last time I visited I shot on a eos 5 film camera with Velvia 50 film and a 50mm f/1.4 usm lens…. This time I shot with a 6d and a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L so got something a little different this time.
Bit of History and what’s going on from the local rag
The 2,440-capacity camp in Hemsby has been empty since 2008 when Pontin’s closed it “following a period of sustained operating losses”.
Grass was overgrown , it was full of weeds and a number of break-ins have been reported this year.
But following negotiations between Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the property agent for the site it has been tidied up.
After receiving complaints from the public about the condition of the privately-owned site, the borough council asked for improvements to the former Pontins site, which closed in recent years.
Now this gateway site, in Beach Road, has been spruced up at the instruction of Northern Trust, the site’s agent, following discussions with the authority. The council did not pay for any of the work.
If this informal agreement had not been reached, the borough had the option to serve a legal notice ordering the responsible party to undertake the work by a certain date, or else face criminal prosecution.
In October this year, the borough council used these legal powers to press for improvements to Vauxhall House, next to the railway station, which must be upgraded by January 20, 2014.
The agreement over the Pontins site required the boarded-up windows to be painted white, the grass, weeds and low-lying vegetation to be cut to ground level, and the hedge along Back Market Lane to be cut. This was completed during November.
Cllr Trevor Wainwright, the leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “The former Pontins site is a prominent property, visible on the main route through Hemsby, so its appearance influences how residents and visitors feel about the borough.
“This site has been a persistent cause of public concern since it was vacated. And although there’s been some minimal maintenance, these negotiations have secured a more comprehensive schedule of works which should alleviate the visual harm.
“Discussions are ongoing to agree a long-term viable use for the site, but in the meantime the borough council will work with the agent to ensure it does not fall below our standards.”
The former Pontins site is 8.877 hectares (21.94 acres), with an extensive road frontage. The central leisure and entertainment facilities extend overall to approximately 6,785 sq m (73,033 sq ft). Chalet accommodation for 2,440 people is provided within 512 chalets.
I got shoot at London fashion week at Somerset house London, in September 2014. So an afternoon shooting with 300 lights trained on the catwalk was a well spend session for me.
Only downside was the flash flooding on the train line that meant instead of getting home at 9pm it was more like 2am I got home. But as they had shut LIverpool st station and it was packed it made for some great images.