This particular series are tunnels, passage ways and caves underground. I find them intriguing and dark, especially the Dudley Tunnel that seems to be bleeding.
Interesting story how this gallery came about. John Pilkington first contacted me when he saw one of his photos on our website. (We love it when artists contact us so we can attribute work.) Then I started digging through John’s other photos and came to realize that most of his photos are of old buildings left to die, ossuaries, bones, dead carcasses and cemeteries. I knew I had found another Dark Soul and had to bring him into the Gothic.Life family.
We needed to show more of his work because the very essence of his work was finding beauty in the forgotten, the alone and the macabre.
John’s life journey has been colorful. He bought his first camera at age ten which led to photographing bands at Liverpool Stadium later in life. He even saw the Sex Pistols first gig, (but got too caught up to snap any photos…we can’t blame him for that). He worked in photographic labs, then began an art career focusing on fairies and mythological scenes. If you were at Whitby in 2012, you might have seen his work. Now he travels all over the UK looking for hidden gems to photograph. His retirement plan, to sit and draw, adding to his collection of Lost Souls, which are his take on the Shamanistic practice of Soul Retrieval.
Check out John’s work. Let us know which are your favorites on the Facebook page and we will be sure to bring you more.
Awkwright Mill: In the part of the valley owned by the Arkwright Society at least seven mills remain, including a bleach works, all of which were powered by water from the Bentley Brook. By the 1600s there was at least one mill in operation, yet it was not until the late 18th century that the demand for water power reached its height. This followed Arkwright’s successes at Cromford as the valley attracted investment on a substantial scale as entrepreneurs fought for sites on which to build their own cotton mills. Subsequently the mills were put to various uses including cotton spinning, bleaching, and grinding corn, bone and minerals for paint manufacture
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The Baron Hill Estate cell
The Baron Hill Estate was built in 1618 at the request of Richard Bulkeley. In 1776, architect Samuel Wyatt re-designed the mansion in a Neo-Palladian style. By World War I the Bulkeley family had moved from the mansion and no longer used it as a permanent residence (too expensive). The story goes that in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II the mansion was requisitioned by the government and used as a temporary housing for Polish soldiers. The Polish soldiers found the place too cold and decided to start a “small” fire within the mansion so they would be moved to somewhere better. However the fire destroyed a large part of the interior and the soldiers were moved from the house to tents on the Baron Hill Estate grounds (karma!). The mansion was abandoned afterwards and is now derelict.