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Free Member, Peterlee

End of a giant

The last Press I am stripping out to move from a plant we have to close, a sad day indeed :-( It will end up in a third world country where it will make parts cheaper than the western health and safety mad world and end up with more factories like this closing their doors forever. this press weighs in at 70 tonne

Comments 28

  • isambard 03/16/2014 23:57

    it somehow reminds me (though it was a many years ago) of the sad scrapping of Brunel's famous "GREAT EASTER" which ended up somewhere on a beach like a dying whale....

    fascinating, Bryan.

  • odeveld219 09/22/2012 21:54

    Heavyweight must stop, indeed a sad story!
    Fortunately there is this handsome picture yet!!
    With friendly greetings, Odeveld
  • AnnaCaravela 07/07/2012 23:20

    there will come successors in this very town, I am sure!

    your picture of this giant is great, it shows every detail of the huge machine. the composition in black and white makes it look like decades old!

    kind regards,
  • mike snead 03/01/2012 19:13

    sad and nostalgic,bryan.


  • Manuel Gloger 02/27/2012 2:35

    Even gigants come to an end, but it´s
    not the end, it´s a new beginning.
    A fine b&w picture of a great machine.
    Regards, Manuel
  • The Wanderers 02/11/2012 11:35

    Hi Bryan *** this is the same problem here. With all the regulations and levies and union demands we are just not competitive any more, jobs going where people working for a dollar a day and our workforce going on unemployment benefits. The Photo is a strong document and by the way a very good one.
    Regards Eberhard
  • Northbound 02/10/2012 19:15

    It is well worth documenting this lest oblivion takes over.

    You make me regret my old black-and-white days in the darkroom. Another craft that is disappearing...
  • Luc Grollie 02/10/2012 19:03

    one day that bubble will burst too buddy, probably not tomorrow or the day after, already nowadays China's growth is getting smaller and smaller by the year...
    excellent docu shot where b & w suits very well !!
  • Fons van Swaal 02/09/2012 21:41

    I agree with the other writers, sad ..yes...
    Nice shooting Bryan....did you ever thought about HDR images from these kind of subjects...?
    Would work out well I think..
    Best regards,
  • Sally Dunn 02/09/2012 18:09

    What a sad story indeed Bryan. Health and safety does over take everything sometimes including common sense. This is an impressive bit of kit though. 70 tonne, that is incredible, great in b/w too.
  • CsomorLászló 02/09/2012 16:15

    Very strong !
  • Sepideh Q. 02/09/2012 10:57

    At last, it has something to do again. Hope also the people who became jobless :-(( , find a job again.
    Very nice and detailed capture of this giant machine.
    The B & W mood demonstrates it's experience better to us.
    Best regards from Persia,
  • Pascal Viyer 02/09/2012 9:33

    Our drama :-(
    amitié, BRYAN
  • RICHARDSON T 02/09/2012 8:38

    The problem is you can hardly buy anything made at home, nearly everything comes from china or so, cameras and lenses aswell!!.
    Great b/w photo.
    Greetings Tom
  • Perry Blevins 02/08/2012 22:04

    Fine details and good choice for b&w.
  • TOMO11 02/08/2012 20:12

    Very good cropp of this giant machinery detail. Industrial relict from the past. Great work in bw.
    Greetings Thomas
  • Lawson McCulloch 02/08/2012 19:30

    Wonderful detail sharpness and range of tones in this very fine shot.
    best wishes from Lawson.
  • Vera M. Shulga 02/08/2012 17:24

    This is - everywhere..!
    Everything in life has become a one-time, even life itself.
    Regards, Vera
  • MAURICE CLEGG 02/08/2012 16:54

    a sad day indeed bryan.
    so much history and heritage being washed away on a tide of complacency.
    mono is the perfect choice for this incredible machine.
    they don't build them like they used to, as they say.
    regards, maurice.
  • Mark Billiau. 02/08/2012 13:39

    Good crop of this surely impressive machine !
    Sad times for the workers who have lost their jobs.
    How will the future look like for our children in Europe during the coming decades ? I often wonder.......

  • Hans-Reiner Bohn 02/08/2012 12:27

    that's live - you might say, but these are only the results of politics made by a few...
    Anyway, impressive shot, Bryan!
    g, reiner
  • TeresaM 02/08/2012 11:40

    Un bel hommage à ce géant !!
    Excellente et superbe mise en lumière.
    NB en +++
  • s. sabine krause 02/08/2012 9:15

    in german we have an expression that's closely related to what you show us here: "zum alten eisen gehören". if one "belongs to the old iron", he's no longer interested or actively participating in life – an outsider for whom society has no use. in fact, this cumbersome old machine is – quite literally! – "old iron"! greetings, sabine. p.s.: the giant cogwheels look very imPRESSive indeed! ; ))
  • Glenn Capers 02/08/2012 2:31

    Yeah I hate that our industry has to move out because of investors want more profit and cheaper labor and not care about the safety of its workers. Its like that in America and people are to dumb to point the finger and see the truth. We let this happen friend because its easier to watch a reality game show. great work and dam good statement. You are doing the right thing with your camera. That's telling the truth so people can see.'Cheers
  • Inez Correia Marques 02/08/2012 1:10

    Great details here Bryan, sad to see it going ... :-(