From Dingy to Delightful

I’ve got a few rather disappointing photographs in my archive that were taken as unavoidably hurried one-off captures in a particular moment in time where there is often no real chance of going back to take a better shot – a now-or-never, take-it-as-it-is, like-it-or-not shot. And disappointing as many of them are, being pretty much unique for whatever reason, I’ve kept the resulting images for posterity.

For example, on our way from London to Brighton by train in late December 2011 (between Christmas and New Year actually), the weather was dull and damp and decidedly dingy as we quickly rattled past the iconic four chimneys of Battersea Power Station early on in our journey. The near-derelict ex-industrial building was ear-marked for planned redevelopment into a modern housing/ office complex in the near future, so I knew potentially this could be my last chance to capture her pre-facelift, so to speak.

(For those of you unaware of the iconic industrial beauty that is Battersea Power Station, she had been the cover-girl for Pink Floyd’s 1977 album ‘Animals’, taking pride of place along with a flying pig – it’s a classic, look it up!)

So with anticipation growing as we reached the location, I grabbed as many shots in passing as I could in the awkward circumstances – relatively fast-moving train with grubby windows, minimal options for a clear line of sight from the train tracks we were on, only a few seconds in which to frame and focus and fire, and of course intense pressure on myself to get it right because there would be no second chance.

In no time at all we were past and my chance was gone, so in the end this particular shot was the best of the bunch…

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It’s quite clearly still recognisable as the empty shell of Battersea Power Station, all four chimneys are in the frame and thankfully my shot is actually in focus – hooray! But thirty-five years after being immortalised on an abum cover (the original image was taken in December 1976), my image seems disappointingly dingy, looking dull and dismal and – let’s face it, boring as hell. And not even a flying pig between her ears to brighten her up…

So how to jazz up my dull photograph seven years later? Post-processing with the application of a colourful digital filter, of course…

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Ta-dahhh! How cheerfully non-dingy is this for a final image 🙂

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Dingy

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4 thoughts on “From Dingy to Delightful

  1. I think it is supposed to look dingy… But your reworked photo does look great.

    On my one trip to the UK, I noticed the power station on our way into the city from Heathrow. Pre-digital, my camera was packed away, so all I could do is look and think of Pink Floyd….

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