The forlorn remnants of an old farm or small holding near Macclesfield, Cheshire. All land which is now under threat of redevelopment (housing) due to the relocation of a large and popular school.

I often feel compelled to photograph subjects such as this. There is an interesting allusion to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, an idea that finds beauty in imperfection and the signs of wear and weathering, the tangible manifestations of life and age. This is an interesting subject for monochrome as it is all about texture and shape but here the light and contrast doesn’t necessarily lend itself to black and white and I have helped things along a bit with a limited application of HDR processing.

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  • Taken: 24 August, 2020
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 50mm

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Oliver Wood