Moorside Mills

In the 19th Century, Bradford in Northern England was famous for its worsted cloth. Moorside Mills, now Bradford Industrial museum has preserved some of the old machines that make for a fascinating photographic study. The various combing, drawing, spinning and weaving machines are in superb, and in many cases, working condition while others are being restored. I find there is a beauty in the detail of the Victorian engineering, their repetitive symmetry and the contrast between the pale tones of the wools and threads and the black metal. For many of these images I’ve used selective focus to suggest the depth and scale.

There was a time when undertaking an extensive indoor photographic project without the use of a tripod was well nigh impossible and as many heritage sites do not permit the use of tripods indoors, well, you get the gist. However, lenses like the new Fujinon 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR with quite exceptional image stabilisation makes hand-held photography in low light much more feasible when combined with the high ISO performance of modern cameras. So, these are the first of what I hope will be a portfolio of images looking at the preserved heritage of what was once a major industry and employer.

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