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Bargain buyless

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 30 March 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Part of a series of shots that I made to illustrate this post in my other blog about the 40 year lingering death of Frederick Street shopping area in South Shields.

I was born and brought up here and know every nook and cranny of this street, and it saddens me to have to document it in this way. but our local politicians have ignored its decline for an awful long time. At last there is some small light at the end of the tunnel, half of it will be demolished, the remainder will be revamped and hundreds of new homes will be built around it.

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PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Bien saisi

Bonne journée

30 Mar 2012 5:18am

Christine from Iseste, France

superbe, et j'aime bien ton cadrage...bonne journée

30 Mar 2012 5:52am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I've just realised that there are no people in the shots...almost as telling as the pealing paint

30 Mar 2012 6:39am

@CElliottUK: Look closely, there is a lone figure at the back. Remarkably these were shot mid afternoon on a Friday.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb angle shot, very good perspective of these stores closed down. Good day.

30 Mar 2012 6:47am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

Awesome shot Curly. I don't have to say anything about your processing skills. This picture reminds me so much of my first place in London. The Whitechapel area looks so much the same. Pretty sad.

30 Mar 2012 7:06am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great angle and superb processing. Very compelling image the way the lines of the pavement and shutters seem to cage-in the empty street.

30 Mar 2012 7:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Some of these sad times have been a long time coming but nowhere is truly immune to the decline right now. Touching documentary.

30 Mar 2012 7:30am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot.. I am glad to hear they are to be renovated :)

30 Mar 2012 7:31am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

All lines are meeting at vanishing point....great composition.

30 Mar 2012 8:11am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,old West wales boy., Germany

You can tell a shopping street is going into decline because most of your usual Butchers,greengrocers or small electrical shops get taken over by these sort of "Bargain shops" or "pound shops" It´s the first step down to ruin.This scene is usualy just before the final step when even the cheap shops close down.
Another great documentary shot Curly !!

30 Mar 2012 8:26am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot. Great feeling of loneliness.

30 Mar 2012 8:37am

STEED from D, France

Yes......................Yes.........27 mm...............I vote for it !!!!!

30 Mar 2012 8:40am

Khashayar from Sari, Iran

very nice shot.
I like it Curly.

30 Mar 2012 9:09am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image documenting this sad decline

30 Mar 2012 9:13am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

I'd go shopping there looks great to me

30 Mar 2012 9:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely textures Curly. That distressed wood grain on the ply is fantastic

30 Mar 2012 10:02am

Khalil from Beyrouth, Lebanon

Superbe perspective avec une magnifique composition de textures bien variées.

30 Mar 2012 10:31am

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A sad bargain indeed. I like the forced perspective very much.

30 Mar 2012 10:58am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Nice perspective. Sounds like many of the areas around here. Many of the old structures are gone, and even more falling apart. It is a sad thing when this happens, since the "feeling of roots" are lost for younger people. Probably much to do with "moral decline" we sometimes hear about these days.

30 Mar 2012 11:26am

robert from Bousval, Belgium

It could have illustrated an old song of "Cream" : "Deserted cities of the heart"
Impressive and full of life even if deserted.

30 Mar 2012 11:29am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Nice point of view! I like the perspective and the colors. Great DOF all over!

30 Mar 2012 11:54am

Bron from Canberra, Australia

Cool pov and composition. Stripes nice contrast.

30 Mar 2012 11:57am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

otra hermosa perspectiva, fantastica curly

30 Mar 2012 12:33pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


30 Mar 2012 2:02pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Like all the textures and colors,emptyness and decay in this shot..but not for those who have to live there.

30 Mar 2012 2:12pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful POV and excellent light and color ... I like the editing ... A very interesting image as your text! Best regards, Adela

30 Mar 2012 3:23pm

Kiki from Ambert, France

Sad perspective that these lowered iron curtains but your processing restores a little color in this street which the life abandoned.

30 Mar 2012 3:43pm

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

beautiful capture...very nice !!

30 Mar 2012 3:49pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a gloomy, depressing and lifeless atmosphere despite the wonderful colours! Powerful documentary Curly!!!

30 Mar 2012 4:02pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

So sad

30 Mar 2012 5:04pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Quite sad really, no people, but at least something is happening now.

30 Mar 2012 6:32pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This shot really emphasizes the rundown state of the area! Sad to see! Well done Curly! ;-)

30 Mar 2012 6:43pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

splendid observation and documentary Curly.

30 Mar 2012 7:19pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

wonderful colors and perspective!

30 Mar 2012 8:13pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Every small town has the same sadness...

30 Mar 2012 10:19pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic POV and processing. This is truly sad.

30 Mar 2012 10:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A dramatic image to illustrate the decline. I've seen such decline of entire towns in the U.S. Mid-West where I grew up.

30 Mar 2012 11:53pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Magnificent colors and a wonderful perspective !!! Great street shot, nice processing

31 Mar 2012 2:11am

Loukas from Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Nice shot and very interesting processing Curly

31 Mar 2012 4:39am

Sam from Chennai, India

Grea angle. Wonderful perspective of these stores. And great processing. Love it, Curly. :)

31 Mar 2012 4:55am

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A beautiful POV and intersting tones!

31 Mar 2012 11:43am

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Another excellent shot and processing. Like it !

31 Mar 2012 8:17pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful work of this area Curly...excellent

1 Apr 2012 2:50pm

franz from Baden, Austria

shuttered shop windows and boards ... the sure sign of decay and an invitation to all kinds of problems ...

1 Apr 2012 6:36pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Sad perspective. The closed shops alignement seems endless...

3 Apr 2012 7:48pm

Marie from George, South Africa

Very nice HDR. Love the colours.

4 Apr 2012 10:44am

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ISO 200
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