Week 36 – Hobby Mash

During week 36 of my 52 rolls project, I was directed to this article (sorry to lead you to the awful Leicester Mercury website) that tells of plans to ‘develop’ Leicester’s Faircharm trading estate, home to several creative spaces and small businesses. It’s not a part of the city that I’m particularly familiar with, but a little time spent on GoogleEarth showed me that the area is in fact a group of large, red-brick Victorian factory buildings.

At the moment it’s only an application, and despite the misleading (as usual) Mercury headline, no decision has been made on the site’s future. Nevertheless, they looked like the sort of buildings that I should take a look at (and photograph of course) before they disappear like so much of the city’s heritage has.

I was chatting with my Polish friend Wojtek about my plans to visit Faircharm, and he described how he explores similar areas of his city (Katowice) by bicycle, allowing him to stop and take pictures more easily than when in a car. He called it a ‘hobby mash’ as cycling, photography and an interest in ageing industrial infrastructure are combined. He also pointed out that I should try playing vinyl while out riding to complete the set…

Anyway, here are the snaps from Faircharm: hobby-mash-6-of-13hobby-mash-5-of-13hobby-mash-10-of-13hobby-mash-9-of-13hobby-mash-8-of-13hobby-mash-13-of-13hobby-mash-12-of-13hobby-mash-11-of-13hobby-mash-7-of-13hobby-mash-2-of-13hobby-mash-1-of-13hobby-mash-3-of-13hobby-mash-4-of-13Walking around the area, there is no disputing that the place feels tired. Each building has signs of bricked up doorways and windows, or dismantled cranes and redundant equipment as the use and function of the structures have changed over the decades. It’s exhausted from its long and varied working life and ready for a dignified retirement and refurbishment, rather than the knackers yard and bulldozing. Let’s hope a developer is found that sees the value of preserving an area such as this and sees its potential.

On the way across the town, I stopped off at a couple of other sites where the buildings of the city’s industrial past were in a strange limbo, neither demolished or usable.lih-3-of-7lih-4-of-7lih-2-of-7lih-6-of-7lih-1-of-7Gubbins:

Leica M6, 35mm Summicron-M ASPH, Fujifilm Fujicolor C200, Processed and scanned by FilmDev.co.uk 

My previous entries on 52 Rolls are herehere

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4 thoughts on “Week 36 – Hobby Mash

    • Yes, it’s a science isn’t it? On my trip to Poland recently, I got all of the films processed and scanned there. The Portra had a lovely look to it, but the scans were tiny. I’ve just sent those same films to FilmDev for scanning again at a decent size and they look very different, much cooler. But I look how they look too…

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  1. What a great idea! I don’t think it would work where I live because there’s not that much interesting that close to my home, plus hills, etc. but…..brilliant idea for traveling when I might be in a city that’s conducive to cycling, and which will allow me to venture further afield than on foot. Really nice shots, by the way. The colors are lovely..

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  2. Too bad they have proposed to tear this down. Thanks for taking some photographs before its gone. I love old industrial sites. Denver has destroyed a lot, but i the last 10 years has moved towards rehabilitation rather than demolition.

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