The Tower

Discussion in 'Landscape and Architecture' started by Pete Askew, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    The old water tower in Halle.

    I resisted moody B&W as you lose the impact of all that brick.

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    Leica M10 + 35 mm Leica Summilux f1:1.4. ISO 200, 1/500s at f1:8.0. PP in LR / Nik ColorFX Pro 4.
     
  2. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    A fine image, does look good in colour. It is remarkable how much thought went into making municipal buildings look stylish in those days.
     
  3. Pete Askew

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    I agree. A rather splendid structure. And the social housing complex near it is very impressive too.
     
  4. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    The brickwork is very impressive, and captured well by a fine photographer.

    It reminds of Cox's Stack in Dundee, similarly impressive and taller, which was built on the side of a jute mill where my maternal grandmother used to work in the early decades of the 20th century. Conditions and pay were awful, and when the industry declined in the 1960s and 70s, some of the mills were knocked down to the great delight of many of the citizens of Dundee. However, there was a demonstration by the brick workers' trade union to preserve Cox's Stack, despite it having become a symbol of oppression, because of the skill of those who built it. It's now viewed a symbol of excellence in the brick trade.

    I learned this in the 70s from a bricklayer whose grandfather had worked on it. I, like everyone I knew in the mid to late 70s and early 80s, spent most of my post-school years unemployed and without an apprenticeship, but forced into useless job-creation schemes. One such job was to plant trees in one area, then after a month dig them up and plant them somewhere else, and then somewhere else. I got quite militant and refused to work in a job where I was learning nothing, and was receiving pathetic wages, just to keep the unemployment figures down. They couldn't sack me. I stayed in the buckie, or hut, and ended up teaching some of the guys to read, and prepared for their tea and dinner breaks. I'd forgotten all about this until seeing your image, Pete. Thankfully I had the gumption to leave Dundee, though what happened next would take me a LONG time to relate! You'll have to wait for my autobiography :)
     
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  5. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    I eagerly await your autobiography, it is going to be a facinating book. Hopfully it will contain lots of your pictures and a soundtrack on CD. Better still, turn it into a movie.
     
  6. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Ah, but who would play me in the movie? There's no man beautiful enough...
     
  7. Pete Askew

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    Micky Rourke is quite tall isn't he? ;)

    Thanks, Rob. Isn't interesting how such a small thing can trigger a whole train of recollection. An interesting story: a photographer friend of mine (and Dave's) started out on a similar scheme before escaping to a Kibutz and teaching himself photography. Kim went on to become a successful commercial photographer and now lives in Stockholm. None of that thanks to be government scheme that is for sure!
     
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  8. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    There should be an investigation into what happened to those who escaped Thatcher's deadening schemes, compared to those who stayed put.
     
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  9. Pete Askew

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    They are probably still moving trees - carbon dioxide removal scheme now though!
     
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  10. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    I don't think they are moving many nowadays. They are certainly not planting enough though. We are all looking for a scientific means to capture carbon, yet the perfect gadget to do that had already been designed, and an engineer had nothing to do with it.
    Sorry.
    Personal and professional hobby horse.

    Maybe I should have a rant in an off topic area.
     
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  11. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    There are efforts to restore the peat bogs in Scotland, now we know that they capture more carbon than all the forests in the UK. No more clearing and burning of them. But it's the least we can do.
     
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  12. Pete Askew

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    I agree entirely, Chris. My partner, Ina, is a timber technologist and is equally frustrated by this. So often one comes across research proposals looking for funding to study the impact of planting trees on climate change - for goodness sake, just get on with it. If you run out of space just cut the trees down and plant new one and stick the old ones in the middle of a desert, or make something useful out of them!
     
  13. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    I could not agree more. A tree is the ultimate reusable resorce, just plant a new one every time one is cut down, better still plant two or three. With modern materials technology almost anything can be built out of wood, glulam beams are as strong as steel.
    Plant more trees, breed less people - while there is still some hope.
     
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  14. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Active Member

    We have also been talking about the rewetting of peatlands here in Lancashire for some time Rob. The idea gained some traction for a while, but of late, the economy has provided a somewhat incongruous excuse for inaction.
     
  15. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Tis a pity.
     
  16. Milan Vjestica

    Milan Vjestica Well-Known Member

    A good display of workmanship in the bicks and skill in the photographer.

    The rest of the thread is very good reading too. Nature has the answer for many of the issues facing us with the environment. Sadly not for bad policy decisions through many generations!
     
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