Our first visit with a purpose – to try and capture the vibes and atmosphere of the Maritime Festival as part of our Docklands project. In reverse order I will be posting some images that reflect my view of the day (pun intended!).
The climax of the day’s events is of course the fireworks display, now I must admit that this is my very first attempt at capturing fireworks and I was pleased with my results, here are a few to be going on with…
Don’t ask about the technical details – it just seemed to work, taken on my Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55 set at 18mm, using Trigger Trap App on my Sony Xperia Z1 Compact… between 5 and 10 second exposures, f11 pre-focused on infinity.
Another set from my Shotley Book – this time the ins and outs of the Navy school, now either locked or fenced off…
Parts of the school perimeter are now overgrown and short sections of recent fencing hide who knows what – there is evidence of steps that were used by Boy Sailors to make their way to the waterside…
The old jetty still remains, the site of embarkation for some who were not to return.
A while ago I started putting together the beginnings of a book about the Shotley peninsula centred on the old Royal Naval training school ‘HMS Ganges’. The project has grown like topsy and I have decided at the moment to group the images into separate categories.
This first one in our blog relates to the boundaries of the old school – designed to keep 15 year old boys along the straight and narrow. There are two streams of thought – those who enjoyed being there and those who did not, there is a lot on-line about this contentious subject so I’m not going there just think that the images speak for themselves.
It’s very overgrown now and awaiting re-development, although the site has just changed hands again, the spectre (in developers eyes) of affordable housing has raised it’s head once again…
In places there is the natural boundary of the river Orwell
An old Martello tower, the remains of a long past war has been pressed into use as a water tower; now rusting away
The current owners of the site, not wanting to spend unnecessarily use whatever they can to keep people out these days, not young boy sailors in…
In some places the old wrought iron fence can still be clearly seen
In others an old garage door has been used
or an old pallet
I wonder how many ghosts wander the corridors of the old building at night…
Most of you know that I’ve been busy lately, and apologies for no posts. I was sat having a sandwich at lunchtime yesterday the 3rd when I was surprised by an unusual visitor outside – sorry for the quality, it’s from my phone, against the light and through double-glazing….
Original post December 30, 2014 By: Peter Ellis
As a newcomer and unlike Tom and Keith, I am still discovering the byways of Ipswich and the way things have changed. I am concentrating on the connection between the Docks and the railways at the moment and discovering more fragments of that association.
This set of images is about one of the links to the sidings that once served the docks and, I believe, a cattle yard. The bridge over the River Orwell is still there and a level crossing on Ranelagh Road. The connection south of Ranelagh Road is still obvious but the tracks that have been left on the north side took a bit of finding – now we need to find a way of getting a good view of the bridge…
Original post December 18, 2014 By: Peter Ellis
These images are the ‘Fragments’ of the title, small reminders of what was once a thriving industrial dockland environment. Although relatively new to Ipswich there are parallels in my home town of Swansea – once the largest port in the UK Copperopolis. The change from a working port to a leisure based industry is fraught with both success and failure, especially in an economic recession.
These images show reminders of the rail network that was so important to the efficient operation of the Docks, moving goods in and out.
Ipswich has also seen and experienced these ups and downs and will eventually succeed.
Comments from original blog
It was a very misty morning as I dropped Louise off at Manningtree station one day and as I had my Fuji X10 in the car I thought it an ideal opportunity to take an image or two at Mistley. I have always felt that the two towers needed something different…
I wonder how many people realise what’s missing here, there used to be an Adams designed church in between the the towers, demolished to provide materials for a new church just up the road, before the days when we paid attention to our architectural heritage!