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Canon
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Canon EOS 40D
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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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ChristineKalliri Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...This is a wonderful picture.:clap:
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arctoa 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 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 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 Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you see?


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





(Priceless)
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Viedelamort 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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arctoa May 3, 2013  Student Photographer
Many thanks for the comment, it's appreciated; this place certainly had a singular aesthetic.
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ReachingFlames Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Looks like a lovely location. I like the light in this shot!
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arctoa 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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ReachingFlames Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Oh I know the pain. You have to be fast sometimes! :)
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