These overhanging rock walls look like the rusting hull of an abandoned ship, plates of metal flaking, cracking, disintergrating.

The blocks seem ready to abandon their fight against gravity at any moment, indeed we returned a month later to find they had – the wall is around three storeys high and the debris was impressive.

Location and conditions

Quarry above Coniston

hazy overcast, light southerly wind, warm

Technical notes

camera: Toyo 10×8 field camera

lens: 600mm nikkor lens

exposure: 2sec f64

film: fuji velvia RVP 10×8