Peeling glory (for Annick)

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Comments (20)

e.m.r. on January 16, 2008

Why temporary? This is great, please leave it online!

George Sled on January 16, 2008

You have some nice new shots of 'Joisey'. I'd leave it too.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 16, 2008

Thanks very much, e.m.r. and George. I've just been afraid that I've posted too many of these possibly depressing or distressing industrial photos. I was very glad to have the experience of taking them, and I do think we ought to look at this part of our world, too--and the way we live in it!

e.m.r. on January 16, 2008

In my opinion they are not too many - depressing, distressing, well, maybe, but, as a good friend of mine says: 'Life doesn't always play Sunshine-Reggae'

Those pictures, by the way, aren't depressing, they do have some nostalgic feel, rather!

Marilyn Whiteley on January 16, 2008

"Life doesn't always play Sunshine-Reggae" Wonderful phrase! I must remember it.

Palmina Moore on January 17, 2008

Must have been a beauty in it's day (although I think it's still beautiful)


Hank Waxman on January 17, 2008

I agree. It belongs in the series.


© SisAnnick on January 17, 2008

Hi Marilyn, thanks a lot for having uploaded this peeling beauty! it's an aspect of these columns that I missed, and it's fantastic! please keep ythis shot on panoramio. There are no "too many" or what else. an album is an album. Some of us are prolific, some other only elest their "Very Best Of" .... it depends.. I appreciate this one very much too Cheers Annick

Marilyn Whiteley on January 17, 2008

Thank you, Palmina, Hank, Annick, and Paul. The photo will stay.

Annick, I too realize that each of us develops our own pattern of what to post, and that's okay. I'm so impressed by those who only show spectacular shots. Surely they must sometimes take ordinary pictures! (It would be a very long wait between postings if I adopted that pattern!!) And I see people who document their lives extensively. That's not my style, either. When something really interests me--like this industrial series--I post quite a few, but I don't want to become overly repetitious and I do want to keep up some "quality control"!

Yes, Paul, I too was intrigued by the evidence of change over time.

Again thanks for the conversation. Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on January 17, 2008

Hi Marilyn. Do you notice a trend here, how the temporary photos you post end up staying by popular request? I think it's fun. :)

I like this shot, and the others around this column as well. I like seeing the different layers of the column's inner structure with this perfect cutaway. I don't see anything depressing. This is how the world works. Everything gets old and falls apart. Mountains will eventually wear away to nothing as well. Did you know that sand from the Sahara blows across the Atlantic to fertilize the Amazon jungle? The same thing is happening to the minerals and salts contained within the stone and concrete in this building as it crumbles. Everything ends up as food for plants, and all we can do is eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to try to even the score.

Greetings, Ryan

Ainars M -2 on January 17, 2008

I love this type / style photos too!

You seen from my portfolios, how many photos I have with old manor houses or with old churches. Not every building (I captured) are in the best visual condition right now.

I tried to fix some definition for myself, what quality and condition details around me to photograph, either look only for splendid houses, splendid landscapes and edit later with software with only one goal - to impress public? Or just follow my inner voice and capture lights, snow or reflecting puddles landscape motifs which are playing role only for me, for my excourses around my town I live or when I am back in sites where I born or go school, or when I see popular sightseeing sites like London, Paris, Brussels?

I think this way - if someone dislikes such "peeling glory" contents, it is only up to him to choose! :) We living in free world and are free to decide, try forget about our Nations heritages or past glory buildings or try collect on bits and document.

Cheers, Ainars.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

Ryan and Ainars, I very much appreciate your reflective comments.

Ryan, I'm glad you've pushed me to think about the larger cycle. Crumbling concrete is part of it just like the more obvious leaves on the floor of the forest!

And Ainars, I very much appreciate your documenting the sights particularly of your country's past. Generally I only comment on the ones that are of particular photographic interest for me, but I look at end appreciate them all. Keep up the good work!

Greetings, Marilyn

pic.point on January 18, 2008

I love these patches recording many efforts to maintain the glory:). It is an entire story. Thank you for sharing, Marilyn.

Cheers, Inessa

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

And again thanks, Inessa, for looking and commenting. Cheers, Marilyn

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 19, 2008

Marilyn, your photos and the feedbacks make my thoughts roam. It's one of the advantages of Panoramio or similar places, that we can learn to see and to get to know the world in other places through the eyes of people, who live there, that makes those photos so precious, if they talk to us, as yours certainly do.

When I started to put up photos here, I never thought of such a response of so many people. My idea was, to put the Irish photos up for some friends and for myself to be able to repeat the journey in mind and to look at it on the map. Another reason was, that at least those pictures, which are uploaded, wouldn't get lost so easily, as did unfortunately many on my computer. I never dreamt, there would be such a community here with such a feedback. Everybody is absolutely free, to make use of this opportunity, however he/she wishes. If someone doesn't like the pictures, well, nobody is forced to look at them. I very much like, what Ryan, Ainars and all the others have written above.

For your industrial photos, I like them, because they tell stories of their splendid past as well as of today. It's impressing to see the decay of those once very important buildings and my thoughts start to wonder about, what use they have been built for, who built them, what was produced and why did they stop and what life did the people lead, who worked there and how long will these and other buildings survive us, even if they fall into ruins, etc. etc. There are so many lives connected to them, I can see whole movies of them in my mind. And that's exactly what makes them valuable to me. Thank you, Marilyn, for uploading them!

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on January 19, 2008

May, I really appreciate your thoughtful and thought-producing comment. I am certainly learning about the world in ways I never anticipated through pictures and conversations on Panoramio. I think I joined because I like to look at pictures and I knew I had some photos from previous trips that I wanted to share. I'd felt shy about doing that any other way, but Panoramio's mapping seemed to give a valid reason (at least an excuse!) for doing it.

What I did not anticipate was the community that has developed--actually a whole network of overlapping communities as people naturally sort themselves out according to language and interest. How wonderful it is!

Of course I also like the photographic "stretching" that can happen. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has looked at other people's photos and read the comments and as a result felt encouraged to try something that I'd never have considered before--or at least would never have dared share if I had done it. What a wonderful opportunity to grow!

The friends who took me to these industrial sites are now seeing whether they can arrange to hold a small exhibit of my pictures in the local library! That is certainly something I would never have imagined! I would like to do it because it might encourage people to appreciate their heritage and even possibly to be open to taking steps to preserve it. Of course I don't know whether anything will come of this, but it's a nice idea.

So again thank your for your comment, May. Very best wishes, Marilyn

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 20, 2008

In some ways we experienced the same, Marilyn! I was surprised as well of the great community here, which I really didn't expect.

I only realised how many members there are, when somebody told me about the 4'000'000th photo, which I had uploaded. I never looked at the numbers before. I am very grateful for the possibility of learning in seeing pictures of other persons. And gradually I feel attracted by many persons, one of the most important being you. Your photos and especially the series of industrial pictures are stunning and I am not surprised that they will arrange an exhibit in the library with them. You do a wonderful work in taking photographs of those buildings condemned to decay. Even if they don't preserve them after all, they are documented by your art. I try to do something similar with very old traditional buildings and I try to find out their story to document life as it has been up to today.

Last week I was in a remote village. As I took a photo of a very old, little house, a lady came out to see, what I was doing. We then talked for a while and she showed me some corners, which I would never have dared to photograph without her consent. She told me, that she had raised 5 children in this more than 2 centuries old house. There isn't water in the house up to today, she has to carry every drop from the fountain or if everything is frozen, from the old farmhouse across the road. No insulation, the only modern achievement they have, is electricity. The heating is be done by stoves, in which they burn leftover wood. The children are grown up now.

I didn't realise that there were still places like that in our country, though there still are hundreds of very old farmhouses, but mostly with modern facilities. I think, that's what we can do, show places like that, to demonstrate what life has been like, to the following generations as well as to people who live in abundance and still aren't satisfied. And for that reason, I think it's great to have this possibility here, to show pictures of all regions around the globe and gradually getting familiar with places, we are never able to see by ourselves.

I deeply regret that I am lacking time to see and write as much as I would like to do. So I often just look at photos, without commenting them, though they really would deserve some words.

My very best wishes and keep up your fine work, Marilyn!


Marilyn Whiteley on January 21, 2008

Thank you, May, for your further reflections and for the wonderful story about the old house. What a gem of an experience that would have been! I hope there will soon be some pictures to document it!

There are so many things we can show, and also see in others' pictures. I don't know whether you've noticed my Photochain photo of the memorial at spot where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. When I mapped it, I was surprised that--despite the huge number of pictures there are are some places--there were none of that. As I searched for the location, I also learned that next week is the 60th anniversary of the event. At that time I'll probably post (on my own page) the other three in the series I took, maybe with a link to some history, in hopes that just a few might become a bit more aware of that story.

Thanks again for writing. Best wishes, Marilyn

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 23, 2008

Dear Marilyn, it's always a great pleasure to see your photos. They are expressive and make my thoughts roam and as I said before, I often feel the wish to pass by and have a little conversation with you. I am certain there are many interesting subjects we could share or discuss on a level of friendship, tolerance and understanding.

I've had a look at photochain and I am very glad that you will remind us about Mahatma Gandhi and his wonderful achievement with some more photos.

Best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on January 8, 2009

pauvictoria, said:

Dear Marylin, Here Pau from overseas Barcelona, Spain. First, sorry for my poor english!! I'm a graphic designer and university researcher writting my Master Thesis about the Michelin American Years in Milltown. Congratulations for these very nice shoots of the still surviving Michelin Tire Co. old buildings in Milltown, NJ, I recognized its. Do you have also more photos of the smokestack and water tower of the Michelin factory?. Whith your permission, I will use these pictures to illustrate some pages in my Thesis with your credits and right citation, of course. My Thesis is about the Advertising strategies and use of the Michelin character trademark, Bibendum the Tire-man, in press ads between 1907 and 1930. As you sure knows, Michelin closed the fabric and returned to France due the Great Depression. I'm also very interested if you or anyone in Milltown have information or images (old photos) of these old years, specially showing the Michelin-man. Thanks again for your beautiful sense and captations of industrial archeology of our forgotten past. Sincerely, Pau

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  • Uploaded on January 16, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/01/08 12:32:20
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