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Canon
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Canon EOS 40D
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1/320 second
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Apr 3, 2008, 2:28:55 PM
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Sundial by arctoa Sundial by arctoa
Updated 26/12/2012 @ 10:35


This is the first in a series of images taken inside the moth-balled colossus that is Spillers Mill in Newcastle in April 2008. I wish I had more time to explore the facility further but my entry was closely regulated; I was working as assistant for another photographer for the day and he was only allowed in as he knew one of the security detail.

The name is referring to the position of the sunlight on the floor and how it could be used to measure time. It's the first concept that came to mind upon submission of this piece; the image itself is part of a larger series that explored abandoned industry, entitled Forlętan.

Edited for crop, and re-submitted as a place-holder before the rest of the series is uploaded.
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:iconchristinekalliri:
ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...This is a wonderful picture.:clap:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. It was a surreal location, I only wish I had more time in there to capture more images.
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, all you need is one capture. One instant. Don't feel bad for the time you didn't have. Feel nice for those moments you lived within that surreal location.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Photographer
Oh, I do; it was a marvellous place to explore. The place had been mothballed about a decade previously so there were coffee cups and newspapers from the time on tables in the break room, antiquated control systems in the main hub, moth-eaten sacks piled up in storage areas. Truly bizarre, and otherworldly, and timeless.
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ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you see?


...You just created infinite images within my mind.





(Priceless)
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:iconviedelamort:
Viedelamort Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite atmosphere crafted with such mesmerising tone and light that truly emphasises the isolation, lonely and abandonment of the building.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment, it's appreciated; this place certainly had a singular aesthetic.
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:iconreachingflames:
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Looks like a lovely location. I like the light in this shot!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Yes, it was a great place. It's a shame I wasn't able to explore the whole building; there were entire floors of control rooms and computer stations and huge levels of piping and grain silos. It's unfortunate, too, that the place is now just flat wasteland!
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:iconreachingflames:
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh I know the pain. You have to be fast sometimes! :)
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:iconmerzitar:
merzitar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
The lighting is incredible!
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well played with light and shadows. Love the tones as well! :clap:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly!

I'm not sure why it's taken me so many years to get around to processing the rest of the images from this series.
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DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries. :)

Oh, I can relate to this question. There are numerous raw images slumbering somewhere on my hard disk, every now and then I browse through the older folders of my archive and use to find some hidden gems there. Sometimes even images that I tried to edit before, without a decent result, but suddenly they work for me. It's a sort of productive procrastination. :D
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Photographer
Hah, yes indeed; some of my best work I originally rejected upon first evaluation. It's strange how that works out.
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ateist-kleranty Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love the simplicity of this shot, really nice :)
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly, it's appreciated.
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:iconfebrilis:
Febrilis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot, I really love the composition. This is amazing. :)
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly!
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Sea-Of-lLights Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
What I can see: Two windows (two persons), Light. Hope.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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:iconmothlets:
mothlets Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
beautiful light and composition.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank-you kindly.
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:iconb1gfan:
b1gfan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Writer
It's a delightful shot - just wonderful.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for that, it's appreciated.
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:iconb1gfan:
b1gfan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student Writer
:)
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MatchstickART Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I really like this shot, simple but a really beautiful scene. It's cosy? I dunno, but it feels really homely, despite the almost-empty feel... and... yeah, a good capture. Makes me want to be a photographer, haha.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank-you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.
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limnides Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009   Artist
It's the lighting on the floor that draws me to this as it does.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Photographer
Yeah, I rather wish I had gotten more free time to take more shots as it's a fascinating place.
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The light is amazing - the way you captured it, it just fills the room, even though it's obviously, painfully empty.

Beautiful (:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student Photographer
Yeah, it's an interesting place to look around. It's all left as it was when the workers walked out ten years ago; there are old newspapers on tables in the cafeteria an 'everything. I'm glad you like it, anyway.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a little creepy, not gonna lie. Abandoned places don't sit well with me, especially when there are literal remainders of those who came before.

Can't wait to see more (:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student Photographer
It has something of a post-apocalyptic feel so I can understand that. There are other shots but whether they make it online or not is anyone's guess. Hah. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to even consider them.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I do have to admit that abandoned places give me varying degrees of screaming heebie-jeebies anyway, haha.

I hope they do, for the record (:
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Student Photographer
There's an abandoned mental asylum near where I live. That'd bugger you right up, I think. Ahaha.
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
._.

Oh, absolutely.

Hospitals/asylums are the worst.
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realitymap Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
One word: finally.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student Photographer
Heh; still work that's over a year old though.
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realitymap Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Ugh, get to work! :B
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Photographer
Heh; easier said than done at this juncture.
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scrattletrap Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Was it warm that day, the photograph makes me feel warm but unnerved.
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:iconarctoa:
arctoa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student Photographer
It was indeed warm, considering the time of year. The sun was beating down outside but inside it was ice-cold as barely any light or warmth got through the thick walls. Thank-you for the comment.
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