leading lines (Explore #1)
Just down the coast from the fabulously named Chemical Beach, we find ourselves at Hartlepool, home of the abandoned Steetley Magnesite works, one of my favourite locations on this stretch of coastline. Now if you want turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if you want a decommissioned industrial pier along with plenty of stuff sticking out of the sand to act as foreground interest, then you may find it worth a trip.
So, what’s the real fascination for me? I mean, I’ve shot here before and to be honest it’s not somewhere to take the family on holiday.
Well, here’s the thing- having been unfortunate enough to break both legs this year in separate accidents, the hospital has suggested that I may wish to exercise a little more caution on my photographic excursions. Although they did put it in slightly more colourful terms than that. And so, as long as you don’t mind the pre-dawn walk down the abandoned railway tunnel, followed by a nice gentle stroll through a rubble strewn wasteland, there really is nothing here to injure the hapless photographer. And the reward? Well, just look at it. A hugely dangerous old pier for the local fisherman to fall off surrounded by lots of partially buried wooden posts and rusting metal. In terms of risk to reward ratio, it’s a winner.
And on a cold winter’s morning with the sun struggling to climb above the horizon, there are very few places I’d rather be.
Now those steps up the side………