A walk on the rusty side

Today I joined a small group of fellow enthusiasts for dilapidation and rust. Part of the Talk-Walk-Talk project run by the Digital Imaging and Landscape Groups of the Royal Photographic Society, we visited the St Michael’s Trading Estate in Bridport with their kind permission. A damp overcast day wasn’t the ideal weather for taking photos, but it gave us the excuse to retreat to the Red Brick Café afterwards for coffee, cake and chat.

St Michael’s is a rare survivor of the kind of urban architecture that was common in the last century – a maze of old buildings and ramshackle sheds occupied by all sorts of small businesses. There is planning permission to demolish much of it to make way for modern housing and commercial use. I’ll be sad to see it go, but can understand that the burden of maintenance must be uneconomic for the owners. Anyway while it’s still here, it’s a photographer’s dream!

From the general view of the many interesting buildings, to small details – it’s all worth exploring.

Not to mention the corrugated iron – always a favourite!

Here’s a flipbook I made of some of my images.

66 St Michaels Lane, Bridport, England, United Kingdom