Lock Lane Castleford and the Suicide Bridge

Old Aire Bridge Castleford

Lock Lane Castleford and the Suicide Bridge: I got out of the car this morning a few miles from where I live and what I hoped to be blue hour followed by sunrise shots was very much not happening, I had thick mist coming off the canal and river that runs almost parallel. I love a challenge and photographing in mist certainly is a challenge, mist can make or break images for sure…

The first photo opportunity I came across was a big disappointment, the old rusty ‘Sunbeam Alpine’ (car) on top of the canal bardge that I had been told about by a friend had been re-covered with an ugly tarpaulin and lots of random ugly items had been dumped around it, walk on Tim…

The video shows the start of my walk, the birds were singing and it was cool but not cold, photography wise I had a challenge, but a challenge is always good and an opportunity to learn a little more in different conditions as I went on.

Canal Lock Castleford in the Mist

Time to break out, test and learn the new Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens which has no internal electronics so manual focus only. I used in camera focus peaking for a guide to what was in focus and what wasn’t. Happy with this one (above), it captures the mood of the morning.

Lock Lane Castleford Canal meets River

The other end of the lock joins the River Aire and marks the end of the canal. The stonework dividing the canal and river looks a little worse for ware but I dare say might last another 20 years, maybe many more?

On to the Suicide Bridge…

Derelict Bridge Lock Lane Castleford

The sun did try to burn through the mist but in the end the mist won, this light did not last long.

All the way up to the banking in the distance the bridge is more or less over land, after the banking the bridge crosses the river Aire and is a more substantial structure.

Time to be stupid, naughty and irresponsible…

Rusty and Abandoned Casleford Yorkshire

This bridge is weak, full of holes and dangerous. I would deserve anything that happened to me for ignoring signs and finding a way past the steel fence that blocks each end of the bridge. I walked on the wooden railway sleepers to better support my weight, just in case, I was careful but stupid for doing this.

Castleford Yorkshire Abandoned Bridge

Stupidity aside, have any of you seen the TV programme ‘ Life after People’? The programme shows what would happen to the world we live in if people just vanished over night, starting on the first day and ending 1000 years after people. The bridge really did remind me of the programme and shows nature starting to dominate again with no interference from Humans.

Abandoned Suicide Bridge Castleford

At first, I was not happy with the above shot, I never like a white sky but it was very misty/foggy, much more than it looks in this image so the sky should be white as should infinity. I now very much like the shot and think it’s one of the images I took yesterday morning that’s a keeper.

Lock Lane Castleford Abandoned Railway Bridge

I could not decide if I prefer monochrome or Sepia processing so I added both, why not!

Lock Lane Castleford Bridge

Most images in this post have been scales down to 10 to 15% quality to display OK on the net 🙁

Check out some of the holes in the bridge below. Oh and I had a Mink at the side of me while I took this shot, he/she was very inquisitive and kept looking me up and down, this is the first time I have seen a mink, which I believe originally came from the US. I did not photograph the Mink, I was busy 🙂

Ready to Fall Castleford Bridge

Anyone reading this, please do not be as stupid as me, entering places like this is very dangerous, remember you have families at home. I will not go back on the bridge.

Lock Lane Castleford – Comments welcome 🙂

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I am a landscape/seascape photographer from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. I have a real passion for photographing the Yorkshire Coast and further afield as and when I have the chance.

13 thoughts on “Lock Lane Castleford and the Suicide Bridge”

  1. Nice experience dear Tim. Very interesting, engaging and informative. Fantastic photos (as always, yours). I wish you a wonderful evening dear friend. Alberto Romano

    • Thank you very much for taking the time Alberto, perfect English! I have just fixed the post, there is now a video at the top. I am enjoying the weekend, I hope you are also my friend 🙂

  2. Fantastic atmospheric images Tim. Great work and I’m glad you kept safe. It’s always worth being out there and the dodgy bits make it all the more memorable too! 🙂

      • What fantastic pictures, Tim!
        Impossible to choose one: incredible cold and mysterious atmosphere, super original focus angles and very appropriate editing.
        It was worth the risk … I would have done it too!

        • Hi Esperanza, thank you for your kindness as always, dear friend 🙂

          It was nice just driving 5 minutes down the road in the car and still photographing somewhere I have not been before. I really enjoyed it but felt very alone at times in the mist :-S I’m sure you would have loved it!!

          Kindest regards and thank you again!

  3. What stunning photos, Tim!
    I can not say which one I prefer. You have created atmospheres full of mystery with framing and sensational processing!

    • Thank you again 🙂 I think this first comment was held for moderation because you logged in with Facebook (or a different email address), now you should be fine to log in any way you like and have your comment show straight away without moderation.

      Thank you loads for dropping by Esperanza! 🙂

  4. Great atmospheric video too Tim, I liked the bird singing as they added a bit of reality to quite an unreal scene. Very useful as stock for future video projects!

    • I’m like you Chris, I think video adds a third dimension to a photo set/blog post, I will do much more now I have sussed this video lark out using the Fuji X-T2.

      Have a great weekend Pal and thank you for dropping by 😉

  5. Dangerous as hell, but I must say these are just AWESOME shots. Of course, not worth dying for… 🙂 Don’t do this again!!! (but thank you for posting these, still… and surviving!)

    • I know and lesson learned Isabelle, I will not be going on there again I promise. Thank you for the lovely comment, really appreciated!

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