5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge – Abandoned

Well, here I am on Day 5 of the 5 day Black and White Photograph Challenge where for 5 days you share a monochrome photograph…..

Today, a theme that has run through my photography ever since I started, my photographic leitmotif if you like. Ruins…. abandoned, decay, call it what you like. Until relatively recently, I haven’t been able to create the images I wanted. In the early days, they were just a record of places I had been to. But now, I hope, I am beginning to put some mood, some atmosphere into the images.

I played about with this one (of Brighton’s old West Pier) a little in Nik Silver Efex to bring out the sky (I love the way some of the cloud seems to hover over the pier) and the pebbles on the beach. Perhaps I have been a bit vicious with the crop, but I wanted the ‘so near, yet so far’ statement.



Here are the images from the previous four days:

So, to my last invite…today I would like to nominate Mingophoto of Strassenfotografien, who has a great eye for the small details of daily life in the streets. Remember, no pressure, you do not need to take up the challenge!


  1. There is something so striking about these monochrome images…

    They look so elegant …

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  2. It does indeed have the sense of decay that you mention. It looks forlorn and ignored, and I like the fact that the stones dominate the foreground.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. You’ve risen to the challenge brilliantly Sue and finished on a high note. Seeing your images together, the diversity is impressive. They’re all lovely! 🙂

  4. A great portfolio Sue – I have enjoyed your B&W posts.

  5. A really good set Sue – the old west pier has real atmosphere but my favourite remains the reflections. Once again, sorry for not following up on this challenge.

  6. It’s been a wonderful five days!

  7. Monochrome gives the image a patina, enhances the decay. Great choice of images Sue

  8. That’s a very impressive image of this icon, Sue. I think the crop has worked very well

  9. Wonderful photo, I know this old pier well 🙂

  10. Well done Sue! 😀 All the photos are equally amazing!

  11. great series and a challenging theme!!

    • Thank you Cybele – I do like black & white, used to do quite a lot of D&P years ago…good to start looking at things in monochrome again 🙂

  12. Beautiful b&w images! Wonderful light, contrast and texture!

  13. All beautiful Sue – but I think today’s entry is my favorite. what is it that so draws us to decay?!?!?

    • Hi Tina….just seen your comment, had to fish it out of Spam! As you say, what draws us to decay? I have asked myself for years now, and I think it’s a whole combination of things. For me the forbidden, the unapproachable and the link to the past are some of the reasons!

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