Pleasure of Ruins / 1

Time to have another project, because my ‘One’ series images are becoming depleted… So with apologies to the late Dame Rose Macaulay for nicking her book title for this series, here goes.

These will be purely random dips into my past. This all came about as I was entranced by Tina Schell’s images of a ruined church in Charleston, which for some reason put me in mind of Netley Abbey near Southampton, Hampshire, UK, and set me off on this little flight of fantasy:

I have had a lovely virtual stroll around the old abbey, brought back memories of a beautiful sunny early autumn day five and a half years ago…… All I have to do now is decide where to go next!


  1. Nothing like old ruins to set the imagination working about what they might have been like at one time.
    Nice work, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Imagining what they might have been like at one time, or drinking in the beauty, the mystery of decay and the pull it has on the senses…

  2. Great idea for a theme, Sue. And a good start to your project. Lots of texture and marvellous arches.

  3. Laura Bloomsbury

    refreshing a photo theme with ruins! shabby chic does wabi sabi or that’s what ruins conjure for me – they are so alluring. I can visualise the people from the past walking here

  4. Beautifully rendered, Sue. Thanks for ruining my day. 🙂 Have a marvelous weekend.


  5. They’re lovely, Sue! Great in black and white. Have a good weekend. Off I pop to see what Tina’s been up to. 🙂 🙂

  6. I like these ruins.

  7. Suzanne

    I like the way you haveprocessed these so that the images themselves look like relics from the photographic past.

  8. This project will be rich in pleasures, although I’m sorry to farewell One. I love the framing of these photos – it adds to a sense of antiquity. And I’m sure Dame Rose would be honoured. This is a lovely collection – don’t use your supply up too quickly!

    • Sue

      Oh, One isn’t finished…three more to come from Cuba, then a few more from my recent trip, and there will be others to come, I’m sure! Oh, and I’ll try not to whizz through the ruins! Alas, some are in my head only as I didn’t have a camera at the time, so no Abergynolwyn, no Porth y Nant…..but nearly five decades ago they remain as memories….

  9. even so beautiful in decay

  10. Always love to explore an old Abbey….they are all different (maybe because of the location/setting) but all have that familiar feel to them. And they all exude that feeling of somewhere special. 🙂

  11. These are just beautiful Sue – so glad to have inspired you!!! I know I need to revisit the church shots in B&W or sepia – and your shots reinforce that!!

  12. Great photos Sue, really liked the forth and last photo.

  13. Sue

    Please do not reblog my posts without first asking me…please can you remove this post from your site.

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