Visiting Summerlee yesterday, I was pleased to find there was an interesting photography and art exhibition, courtesy of PhotoMedia Studios, who have a studio at Summerlee. Encompassing various photographic themes, the prints on display were actually very good and I was pleased to see two pieces by a friend of mine at my Camera Club, Joanne Deas. Amongst the work being exhibited, there was an art installation which was an audiovisual look-back at the history of the local area.
The installation was contained within a small booth, in which were four chairs. This immediately attracted my interest and I considered this might make an interesting image in it’s own right.
A second shot from the Summerlee visit. This is the remains of an ancient mining trolley, which sits close to the entrance to the underground mine nearby, which visitors can descend into. On this image, I selected an area around the trolley itself, gently blurring and desaturating the remainder of the image.
A brief trip to Summerlee Heritage Park, Coatbridge, this afternoon, provided the opportunity for a few shots, this one being the first of the day. The trams actually run, going round the heritage park. This shot was a two minute exposure, processed in Lightroom.
These are two versions of the same image, made at Summerlee at the weekend. The ruined and rusty trolley car was lying forgotten on rusted rails near the mine entrance, a memory of days long gone. Perhaps not the most photogenic item at Summerlee, it was possibly one that said most about the heritage of the place.
I processed the image in two very different ways and then couldn’t decide which one I liked most.
I love the little cottages at Summerlee, each one representing a particular period in time, from the 1800s through to the 1960s. This was one of the earlier cottages. Sitting on that chair by the fire, looking out of the window and with no interruptions or intrusive noise, I was amazed at how peaceful everything seemed. All that was missing was a good book.