Atmospherically Weathered

I loved this old structure when we came across it almost two decades ago. By then it had been unused for at least another couple of decades, and the wind and rain had rather undone it…. Left abandoned, we were able to wander around the area freely. Some wonderful old weathered painted signs, and shabby masonry.

Now, it has been tidied up and painted bright white, with vivid logos – bereft of atmosphere and links to the past seem tenuous at best. Just wish I had taken more photos (I do have some more, and it has been the subject of one or two posts before).

View of the pits from the overgrown Grandstand at Reims-Geux in the late 1990s

The rear of the pits

Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge here

21 comments

  1. I wish I had seen it in its old days! I knew you’d come up with a great weathered post Sue

  2. That old racetrack has proven to be fertile ground for your blog, Sue!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. The urge to say, “That’s the pits” is almost overwhelming, but I’ll fight against it. 🙂 I enjoy the old, weathered signs as well. Sometimes I see them yet on the sides of barns, sometimes on the sides of old buildings in the city. They’re always enjoyable and nostalgic.

    janet

  4. I thought you’d come up with an interesting subject for this week’s challenge: your ‘weathered’ images are always my favourites!

  5. Nice to preserve memories in photos. They can so quickly change or be pulled down.

  6. an excellent place for photos

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  8. Hard choice to decide between leaving old places to further decline or renew them. In this case I suppose the relic wasn’t atmospheric enough to prevent re-use. Can you imagine if they did the same to places like Angkor Wat or Macchu Pichu?!?!? An interesting conundrum driven by your thoughtful post. Excellent choice for the week!

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  10. Old weathered places like this are so great to explore with a camera. It’s kind of sad that it was all gussied up.

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