Industrial Landscapes

I’m in Cheshire today. Land of my childhood.

The photo above is a view at night of the Rocksavage chemical plant across the River Weaver basin at the point where it’s joined by the Manchester Ship Canal, with the River Mersey running alongside. It forms part of a vista of heavy industry, docks, refineries and petrochemical plants seemingly stretching for miles along this stretch of waterway running to Liverpool and Birkenhead at the mouth of the Mersey.

It was my father’s favourite view. He worked as a research chemist at the Shell refinery a few miles upriver, and found this whole industrial landscape exciting, dramatic and quite simply beautiful.

If I had turned my camera around 180 degrees, and waited 12 hours for daylight, I could have photographed some of the most glorious countryside to seen anywhere in the world.

A land of contrasts indeed.

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