Ghost towns and the abstract gold light

Well after a busy few weeks I can now sit down, catch up and get on with the tasks ahead. Over the past few weeks I’ve made a couple of visits along the “Rutas de Oro” which I mentioned a few blog posts back (see here), The Rutas de Oro is proving to be quite a popular trip, maybe the it’s the use of the phrase “ghost towns” that gets people going… just a thought🙂

Anyways, I have now soooooo many regular “picture-postcard” photographs of the gold mines and abandoned villages in Rodalquilar, that I decided it’s time to start making some abstract photos… actually, I have lots of abstract photos too but hey, a few more won’t hurt! I have a bit-of-a-thing for light & shade as I guess any photographer would have and as you all know, here in Almería we are blessed with some of the best light ever.

So here-we-go, a set of photographs where colour, light & shade, form & shape and shadows are the compositional elements, oh and one good thing about making a series of photographs like this, it is VERY therapeutic!

Rodalquilar "ghost town"

Rodalquilar “ghost town”

I love the colours of this wall and the little tufts of parched grass. The ghost town of Rodalquilar is a very colourful place.

Rodalquilar "ghost town"

Rodalquilar “ghost town”

For me peering through the broken windows and looking at the bare and often broken up walls inside has a special magic.

Rodalquilar gold mine

Rodalquilar gold mine

One of the many water (or liquid) containers around the disused gold mine. I did once make a half-hearted attempt to find out the significance of the 625 graffiti, there’s a lot of it about this area.

Rodalquilar gold mine

Rodalquilar gold mine

The beautiful blue of the sky as seen through a missing roof of one of the buildings.

Rodalquilar gold mine

Rodalquilar gold mine

There are many steps leading to the various washing and settling tanks – you need a head for heights to climb up and down them, but it’s fun!

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

A little outside Rodalquilar and on the way to Cortijo del Frailes is the former mining town (pueblo) of San Diego. This town doesn’t have fencing all around like the pueblo in Rodalquilar so you can get closer to the buildings.

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Oddly though whilst you can actually get inside without too much trouble, there is less graffiti here.

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

I love the blue of the sky contrasting with the light & shade on the roof beams.

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Shadows is what I like and at the right time of day, this is a beautiful place to be🙂

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

There were several building where the walls at one time must have been painted a brilliant blue… this is what is left of them now.

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

For me peering through the broken windows and looking at the world outside has a special magic…🙂

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

Pueblo de San Diego, Rodalquilar

6 responses to “Ghost towns and the abstract gold light

  1. Great shots, Martyn. Very creative use of the light and composition. That first one looks like a painting and the one with the stairs going down, reminds me of something from M.C. Escher drawings. Thanks for stirring up my creative mind so early in the morning. It’s almost 7:00 am. here in Arizona.🙂

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