Grey landscape of industry

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (8)

David Brown Photogra… on July 7, 2010

Hahahaha.... yes as always, you are right Kenny

Nice one.

Cheers from Purgatory, Colorado - Jethro

Kenny Wharton on July 8, 2010

Hi ϐriţisђ It was a response to Jethros Syphilization

It was a random shot from the Haverton Hill petrochemicals site. I thought the grey sky added to the effect of pollution!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 15, 2010

Served my time in such salubrious surroundings Kenny..Just across the Tees, a few miles further east..that stench will never be forgotten>>

The Teesmouth is officially designated a Dead Zone on Google Earth ;>( and is their any wonder. This is the stuff of nightmares..Would it really be so bad if they dumped all that nuclear waste in the Anhydrite mines? Enter here, ye who dare ;>))


Kenny Wharton on July 15, 2010

the stuff of nightmares AXOTA that is spot on!

How about a "Worst of Panoramio" if you feel you can find a more morbid scene - please upload.

peargrin on July 22, 2010

Yeesh, Kenny...I hope you were wearing a hazmat suit for this one! Cheers, pear

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 22, 2010

Greetings Kenny... Just to explain my rather loud comments on your photos.

The photos in question are absolutely essential viewing for me. For many reasons, not all of them obvious, these images portray the fundamental problem which has negatively impacted on our life-style..

On Tees-side, petro-chemicals and hydro-carbon technologies have resulted in the development of these sci-fie looking sky-lines. In its own way, there is a certain attraction, perhaps it is the harsh contrasts of those sky scraping inverters and flare stacks, belching smoke and steam, set against the abundant beauty of the Tees valley, Eston Hills and the nearby National Park. Maybe it is the sight of nature, struggling to survive in such hostile environments. I know from experience, that amongst all this dereliction decay and pollution, there are patches of wilderness supporting rare plant and animal life.

Your photos have much relevance and I am glad that you have posted them.

Kind regards


Kenny Wharton on July 22, 2010

Hi Jim I gladly welcome your comments. Having lived and breathed it you will be aware that this is the image southerners have of Teesside. Its quite ironic that they have to commute for hours to their place of work, usually surrounded by miles of bricks and mortar. We on the other hand have nothing but a few minutes casual drive into some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Whilst we have grown up with the industry I think it has helped us appreciate the nature around us.

The photo may not be the best shot technically (none of mine are!) but it has created the impression I was after. Your comments mirror my sentiment exactly!



Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 22, 2010

To be honest Kenny..I am not judgmental when it comes to is all subjective anyway, like all art.

Any one posting photos on Pano have my utmost respect..There are plenty of other photo sharing sites catering for serious photographers, of which I am not...

Having said all that, some of the most wonderful images I have ever set eyes on can be found here. I like the idea of Joe/Joan Blogs snapping away in some remote part of the world, uploading an eye opener, then chatting enthusiastically about it on here.

Cheers Kenny


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Photo taken in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, Stockton-on-Tees, UK

Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 7, 2010
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    by Kenny Wharton
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
    • Exposure: 0.006s
    • Focal Length: 4.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.798
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash