ND – Gorgeous Hot Sunny, Blue
…that were sturdy and solid.
Craftsmanship was involved, and it wasn’t just for the rich few.
Craftsmanship was used to build…
…anything and everything at a time when a skilled trade was necessary to provide the mechanics of the worlds’ industrial revolution. Just go and look at Thomas Farnolls Pritchard’s Ironbridge in Shropshire, England. This amazing structure was not built for the wealthy, but for you and I (or at least those that came before us) to cross for a toll. Opened on New Year’s Day 1781 this incredible iron structure was a monumental symbol of the Industrial Revolutions’ achievements at that point, and marked the birth of the much greater engineering structures to come.
Henry Ford‘s advance in…
…production assembly lines finally introduced the world to cheaper and more affordable products, and advantageously increased quality control through standardisation and systems. But the world also lost out, even though such advances helped boost our economies, there was increasingly less worth in items built cheaply in bulk.
Built cheap, much of what we produce today is landfill scrap tomorrow, and those landfills are overfilling and environmentally unfriendly. Even the gadgets I made these images with (Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G VR and Apple iMac) are highly unlikely to last to the end of this new decade, barely even the middle of it possibly, as even these premium and highly engineered twenty-first century marvels are rapidly descending into a state of worthless replaceable scrap.
But we used to make incredible things that lasted, and were not superseded anywhere near as quickly as we find today. And these things had real genuine beauty, that was easily visible. Every one was unique, no two things were the same.
There’s something about such a world…
…that I think I miss.