Wednesday 27 September 2023

Analogue Photography

It’s a bit of a dull Wednesday around Polbrook Gurney Colliery as old sad eyes D6313 trundles though with an unfitted good from Frome to Shepton Mallet. I can imagine the more studious tweed clad here scrabbling for their old railway atlases muttering……. but fear not, for in this parallel universe of Little England the railway runs along the Nettlebridge Valley from Vobster up to Chilcompton serving collieries and other mineral deposits. Polbrook Gurney Colliery is the only one surviving now though, the likes of Newbury, Mells, Coleford and Nettlebridge closing decades ago. 

The canal basin is part of the truncated Dorset and Somerset canal - give it a Google, it is a thing. 

The Pedant and Armchair has yet to open, for it is only 7.30 am, but I’m sure once it opens the regular inch high will come out of overnight hibernation. But I hope you’ll agree it is quite nice to observe a scene without the usual nefarious chaos that they often bring. 

The more observant will note that chimney of the pub really needs a little work, for it looks like a potential for falling masonry which has mostly been caused by the landlord chucking moonshine on the fire to get it going, often with a bang. 

And finally, this photo was taken on film, Ilford XP2 processed at the local lab on their C41 line and scanned from the neg by me yesterday. The camera used was my trusty Nikkormat FT2 with a 28mm Nikkor lens. 


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