It wasn’t meant to end like this. The Council announced the project five years ago. This area had been abandoned for so long; nowhere else in the city needed this more than us. We will be working with the local community, they said. Park and lots of greenery, beneficial to people and wildlife, they said. A corridor to the heart of the city, they said. Future developments will lead to links to with north and east quarter, they said. It was more than a million they were investing… then nothing happened. Where did all that money go? They forgot about us… again.
Without further ado, here is Number Nine in the Gloomscapes series.
Today it’s abandoned shopping trolleys–or shopping carts if you prefer.
The clocks stopped at one seventeen. There was a long shear of bright light, then a series of low concussions. I think it’s October but I can’t be sure. I haven’t kept a calendar for years. Each day is more grey than the one before. It is cold and growing colder as the world slowly dies. No animals have survived, and all the crops are long gone. Someday all the trees in the world will fall. The roads are peopled by refugees towing carts, and gangs carrying weapons, looking for fuel and food.
~from the movie The Road
And now, all that is left is empty shopping carts.
After last week’s introductory post (or, if we’re using TV show terms, a pilot), here I am again with a second entry in my new series Gloomscapes.
Let me walk you down this road to Gloomsville… where the sky is grey and all creatures kill…
My brother commented that without the double yellow lines, the place would resemble a forced labour camp. So I removed the lines in Photoshop Elements and here’s the result:
It does look more menacing, doesn’t it, I suppose because yellow is such a lively colour.
I’ll be back next Sunday with another instalment, in the meantime you can check out my new Gloomscapes Pinterest board.
Note: I decided to title my posts in this series as just numbers, it’s simple and neat and to be very honest, I’m not sure if I could come up with a catchy title every week. I’ve got loads of pictures and not many words.
Greetings, humans and other creatures, today I present you with the first post in my new series, which I sort of touched on previously.
The idea is to post photographs that could represent a setting of post-apocalyptic or dystopian world, or are just generally uninviting, gloomy or not very aesthetically pleasing.
In March last year I set out with my camera towards Hexagon Tower with the intention of taking precisely these types of pictures, as I knew the area surrounding the building had just the right look and feel and the weather conditions were just perfect. It still remains one of my favourite photo-walks. However, there was no good way of putting these pics here (well, apart from the above mentioned Hexagon Tower and the Birches in March, but those are different). Then it occurred to me to do a series and so here it is!
The hardest part was coming up with a title. I spent the whole evening coming up with different doomy-gloomy portmanteaus, all of which, after checking with Google, were already a thing–mostly video games or metal albums. (*Gasps* But I’m not cool! I’ve never played a video game in my life and I listen to pop!!) And of course it doesn’t help when 1. English is not your first language and 2. you’ve got absolutely no way with words anyway (and to think that I wanted to be a writer once… sigh). I thought if it comes to the worst, I’ll just go with Wastelands. I wasn’t that thrilled with that, though I’ll still use it as a tag.
I’m pleased to say I did find my title.
Gloomscapes it is!
And here’s the first instalment.
I will be posting these every week, on Sundays, since it’s Sunday now.