We Used to Make Things…

ND – Gorgeous Hot Sunny, Blue

…that were sturdy and solid.
Craftsmanship was involved, and it wasn’t just for the rich few.

Proper Carpentry

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 24mm F2.8D AF, Exposure 1/15 @ F3.2, ISO 500, Indoors in dim lighting from the open doorway behind me. Cropped heavily in post-processing to make the vertical structure prominent

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.

Old Boiler 1 B&W

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 24mm F2.8D AF, Exposure 1/320 @ F2.8, ISO 200, Outdoors, sunny, the vivid colours were too distracting with faded red metal against bright green leaves, so I went monochrome in post-processing to equalize everything and focus on the tones and contrasts

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But we used to make incredible things that lasted, and were not superseded anywhere near as quickly as we find today.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.


Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 24mm F2.8D AF, Exposure 1/500 @ F2.8, ISO 200, Unlike the previous boiler, the rich colours here didn't distract and were to fill the image, I couldn't decide whether to increase saturation further in post-processing though

There’s something about such a world…
…that I think I miss.

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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