Zenfolio | photographs by David... | Lumsdale, near Matlock in black and white, January 2017

With nothing to do and some exercise required I decided to venture forth to Lumsdale.

The Lumsdale Valley is a small wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty tucked away high above Matlock. With its crumbling stone mill ruins, waterwheel pits, ponds and waterfalls, nature has melded with the industrial remains of the past to create an oasis of romantic decay. Scheduled by English Heritage (now Historic England) as a monument of national archaeological and historic importance, the Lumsdale mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site. Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area”
The Arkwright Society.

The day was dull, the light was poor however I decided to take my camera and see what images could be obtained under such conditions. Black and white seemed an obvious solution and below are the results. Apertures were larger than I would have liked resulting in very little depth of field. The camera was a Leica M9P, the lens, a 35mm Summicron. As usual, the raw images were processed using Capture One v.10 and top and tailed with Adobe CS4.
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