Thursday, 28 April 2011

Take two...


They used to say 'the photograph never lies' but we know now that, even from photography's earliest days (the Cottingley Fairies hoax), what we see is not always the truth.  With programmes like Photoshop, even fairly unskilled amateurs can erase details, add in extras, change colours and effect all sorts of amendments to alter what was originally there in a scene.  I do it myself sometimes, cloning out a bit of litter or an intrusive telephone wire, but even when I don't alter a photo in processing, my pictures don't always tell the whole truth.  Yesterday's picture versus today's demonstrate that quite easily.

This wide-angle view again shows the old cottages at Jane Hills, which look so olde-worlde and charming in close-up.  The reality is that they are now dwarfed and hemmed in by surrounding commercial premises and have a building site on their front steps, where they are building a very modern orthodontics factory.  Disappointing, isn't it?  It's a sad fate for what once was an isolated, rural hamlet on the canal bank.

12 comments:

  1. What a contrast to what we saw yesterday! That must surely impact hugely on the value of those properties...I wonder who'd want to buy there at all, now!

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  2. One day I shall learn to type straight....... What I intended to say was:

    That's just tragic. Particularly since the huge development appears to be empty!

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  3. It is a shame to crowd out this lovely piece of history but it happens everywhere. I think it is called progress.
    However, town planners should try to incorporate the old and the new aesthetically.

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  4. You killed my dream! :o)
    But the modern world certainly killed even more the dream of the people living there. What a pity!

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  5. that is too bad....
    they are so quaint and lovely.

    "advancements" often make me sad.

    but at least they weren't tore down~
    that is the bright side.

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  6. As they say, it's 'the rest of the story.' Sad, isn't it. My husband said the photo looked like Inspector Lynley has been called in to solve a murder. :-)

    Yeah, we watch too much of that stuff. :-)

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  7. I think I will stick with yesterday's image!

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  8. I never would have guessed from yesterday's photo--that is quite sad.

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  9. Yikes! What a difference. I'm amazed that their price is so high with a 'view' like that.

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  10. And they STILL want £150,000!!!

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  11. I often wrestle with the question whether I want to present only the appealing, like yesterday's photo, or the accurate, like today. I don't think I have an obligation to show things I don't like, so I go more with yesterday's approach.

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  12. It is awful isn't it? I walked past this morning on the way to the station and noticed a William H Brown For Sale sign next to the houses. I guesss they want to leve before they become truely hemmed in.

    Glad to finally know what is being built though.

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