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Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 5 April 2014 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I have shown much of the best bits of South Shields over the years, after all it's my home town and I'm proud to live here. However, there are other parts which will eventually look as good as the best bits, it just takes a little more time!

Like many UK towns we suffered from an attack of the "eastern bloc" of architects in the 1950s and 1960s, they built a sucession of rectangular concrete blocks and towers for people to live in (if you can call it living). Slum clearance led to vast swathes of squares and rectangles and lots of people occupying vertical spaces. Thankfully we never had the tower blocks in South Shields, but these blocks of flats or apartments were a pretty popular thing to build.

This is Hudson Street in the Tyne Dock area of South Shields.

Personally..........I always found them to be more depressing than the terraced streets they replaced.

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ursulakatariina from Uusikaupunki, Finland

Great shot. Clever.

5 Apr 2014 5:32am

David from Avranches, France

Excellent composition Curly, the pavement acts as the base of these incredible floating flats/houses.

5 Apr 2014 6:35am

PATRICK from miramas, France


5 Apr 2014 8:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I always found them to be more depressing than the terraced streets they replaced.[....and the communities they destroyed. A nice reflection

5 Apr 2014 9:55am

Devi from Chennai, India

I agree with you Curly..does look pathetic your image has brought out the essence of it all...

5 Apr 2014 10:41am

Gerard1948 from Spain

Excellent shooting, the composition is superb.
Have a nice day

5 Apr 2014 10:57am

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Masterpiece. Superbly dark and moody.

5 Apr 2014 12:25pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic reflections....perfect !

5 Apr 2014 2:50pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


5 Apr 2014 3:17pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid with reflections, superb composition!!!

5 Apr 2014 3:53pm

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful reflections and compo

5 Apr 2014 5:07pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fabulous image Curly! Creates a dark atmosphere. Wonderful color and detail.

6 Apr 2014 12:06am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Nice to see that you have been back, Hope that you have been well. Love the
imagination this one took.

6 Apr 2014 12:37am

@Phil Morris: Good to hear from you Phil, sorry that I don't have the time to reciprocate with visits and comments, indeed I don't have much time to spend here, or take photographs either. This business of caring for my wife and her cancers is almost a 24 hours a day profession - or should that be vocation?

HBHG from Tehran, Iran

Interesting capture.

6 Apr 2014 4:22am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

A wonderful match of textures, shapes, colour and b&w ............. love it!!!

6 Apr 2014 6:44am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh une merveille ce cliché par ce graphisme et ce reflet qui donne de la couleur comme terre sur ces pavés ....bravo

6 Apr 2014 7:32am

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