A Visit to Linden.
Fellow photog and friend Andre Lam has been encouraging us to take a trip to Linden for a while now, to photograph the mined out quarry area just out of town. Andre and Michael had most recently seen the area on their way to Bamboo Landing and remembered how photogenic it is.
The problem lay in trying to fit the trip into everyone’s schedules. Apart from Andre, Michael and myself, there was also Naseem, who has not been out with us recently to take photographs, thanks to his schedule.
We were finally able, but putting everything else aside, to set on Saturday morning for our trip. From Georgetown the drive takes close to 2 hours, so if we wanted to get the sunrise an early start would be necessary. We decided that everyone on the East Coast would get started at 3 a.m. and they would reach for me by 3:20 a.m.
Typical of any of our trips instead of a timely departure at 3:20 a.m., we left my house at about 4 a.m. But we still made it in time for sunrise. Unfortunately, thanks to an overcast morning, sunrise wasn’t all that we hoped it would be (click on any photo to open it larger in a new window).
The area was an absolute cornucopia of fantastic photographs. It is an abandoned, mined out quarry with piles of sand, crushed rock, hardy plants and pools of poisonous looking, green water. A distressing area for naturalists, but beautiful in its ugliness for any photographer.
Linden was once a thriving bauxite (aluminium ore) production centre. Unfortunately, when prices for unprocessed bauxite crashed, the area was devastated and has never really recovered. Bauxite is still mined and shipped, but it is not the income earner it once was.
Even in this stripped and devastated landscape there is beauty to be found. We hadn’t had breakfast before leaving home this morning and we promised ourselves we would take our first set of photos, catch the rising sun, then when photographic urgency had passed, have a bite. Unfortunately, our stomachs had to wait, because ever moment we looked around there was something interesting to photograph. From fruit trees (fat pork) bravely surviving, the the lone stalks of plants making their debut.
The landscape was quite stunning and capable of presenting scenes of subtle, pastel colours and striking bold drama. The lesson to be taken here is that even in the most devastated areas, you can find reason to trigger that shutter. Have a look at the full set of pictures that I uploaded (only 17) here.
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