Water World--'The Aftermath'

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One of my earliest attempts at multi frame stitching..I recall that up to ten seperate images were used to make up the image. The day in question was bitterly cold.

There is an air of desolation about Paddy's Hole yet it offers peace and solace, unique and precious and unchanging in a troubled world that cares little about the simpler pleasures and innocent pastimes!

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 23, 2008

This is Paddy's Hole--Teesmouth.

'The Harbour from Hell'

César Pérez Ortega on April 7, 2008

Hello Jim.

I did not cause this photo desolation if not impatience. It seems that everything is set up.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on April 9, 2008

You make me smile Cesar with your amusing denial. I like your sense of humour. It is like my own.

Cheers.

Jim

j.williamson on July 6, 2009

hi axota, just having a look through your work, (I love anything marine), and noticed you call paddys hole the harbour from hell. I have done a lot of drawing/painting here and I love the chaotic, almost romany feel to the place. It seems to be beyond the reach of the local council. As someone who has just been priced out of a mooring on the west coast by a greedy landlord, the independence of this place really appeals. Am I missing something? love all your marine photos by the way. john

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 6, 2009

Greetings John and thanks for your re-action to my tongue in cheek comment ;>)

I am a big fan of Paddy's Hole and like you said, it is a chaotic!!

That is probably why it has a certain appeal, it is unlike any other harbour on the East coast.

Totally man-made, resulting from the dumping of crude, unsightly slag over many years.

Nothing here was planned, Paddy's Hole was conceived and built by the local steel workers, wishing to create their own independence for access to the open sea.

They built this lagoon, unrestricted by the land owner, free of all planning controls which were non-existent at the time!!

The hotch potch jumble of sheds, the ram shackle staithes and jetties, heaps of rubble, discarded crab pots, ropes and other sundry gear.

Rotting hulks lay cluttering the shore, not to mention the rag tag bunch of enthusiasts who run these un-loved discards that formerly belonged to the wealthier of those amongst us.

Add on the mountains of builders rubbish that has been illegally dumped by the fly tippers and what have we got!!! THE HARBOUR FROM HELL.

Yes John, it has a certain charm, unique to Paddy's Hole!! It is an oasis in the middle of industrial decay!! It represents a refuge where ordinary men can escape and live out their dreams in a world free from work, free from noise and pollution, free from the hum-drum of life!! and free to access the sea:>)

That is why I love Paddy's Hole and have done for more almost 55 years!!

Now perhaps John you will realise where I am coming from!! I too worked the hard life in engineering, working long hours for a pittance of a wage in very poor conditions. I also have an affinity for this place ;>)

Kind regards------------------------------------------Jim

j.williamson on July 6, 2009

thanks for your interesting reply Jim. I was worried that there was something more sinister going on at paddys hole. As I said it feels like an oasis away from the bureaucracy of council control and money grabbing landlords. I started in a rotherham steelworks myself 1960s, not on the blast furnace side but on kaldo converters. A bit like the bessemer process and the smell of the blast furnace as I drive along the gare always brings it back. Thanks again jim and good fishing. john

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 23, 2009

Yeah! John, having worked in a filthy foundry, at 15 years of age, I well remember that acrid smell of burning sulphur, just as if it was yesterday!!

Jim

Gabor Retei on January 17, 2010

What a true presentation of a working harbour!

Great job Jim!

Gabe

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 8, 2010

Hiya Gabe..Its not often I get visitors so far back...so its with much pleasure to read your lovely comment...There are a few other excellent photographers whose pictures of this harbour are essential viewing ;>) SAM SALT's gallery is well worth a look ;>0

Cheers

Jim

Immanuil © on December 24, 2010

Beautiful panorama! The full effect of the presence! Full-size super!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 17, 2011

Greetings Immanuil © ;>)

Many thanks for your visit and lovely compliment..and for taking the time to look ;>)

Best wishes!!

Jim

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