These silos are just around the corner from my house. They have been standing there for, I don’t know how long and they would have to be the most photographed landmark here. If you tell people the road I live on and they know it, then they will know the silos. They are hard to photograph because you can no longer just walk in there to take photos, not that you ever could, but I got permission to this time. I don’t know when these were taken, but probably around 1997, 1998.
I have been trying to get permission to go back and take more photos, especially over a longer period of time, so I can capture different skies and conditions. The land is owned by a government body, Parks Victoria, (which in theory means it belongs to us all), but they agist the land to the Riding for the Disabled, I think, so it is treated like private land and there are electric fences and padlocks everywhere. I will have to keep trying.
This wasn’t the only time I took photos of the silos. I did it another time, but as yet haven’t found those negatives. I was never really happy with the images I got. I always thought they just looked boring, but it is amazing what you can do with Photoshop.
I added a bit of sepia to this one. I think it warms the image up. Again, these photos were taken with Ilford HP5, which helps explain the graininess of them. I didn’t photoshop this one so well, but trees are hard.
You can see from this image that they are on the side of a hill and they are looking over the suburb I live in. It is like they are guarding and keeping an eye on what is going on.
You can tell I have edited it. In the original image the silos blended in too much with the background, so I tried to make them stand out more.
It is interesting going through my old negatives and looking at what photos I have taken. Some I had completely forgotten about. Some I couldn’t wait to see again. It is also like taking them all over again, only this time I can make the changes to them that was beyond my abilities in the darkroom back then. Looking forward to seeing what else I can do.