Derelict quarry building 2, Blaen Onneu, Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons, Wales | The Silver Monochrome: black-and-white film photography by Martin Dyde
Derelict quarry building 2, Blaen Onneu, Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons, Wales, winter 2010. Ref: Pr5. (Technical details: Nikon D3x digital camera, Zeiss 50mm Planar lens at f/11, no filter, Adobe Lightroom.)

I'm honoured that this image was selected for a runner-up award in Black + White Photographer of the Year 2015 competition's 'Black-and-white at its Best' category.

Along with two others in my portfolio, I took the photograph a few years ago when I last experimented briefly with digital photography, before reconfirming my preference for the experience of using, and results from, analogue black-and-white film, which I've used exclusively since then. Although it was originally taken on digital, it's still one of my favourite images (and, of course, I'm delighted it won an award). I actually went back to the quarry in similar meteorological conditions in 2014 to re-photograph it on film (since I believe I could have improved upon it a little), but the quarry buildings had been demolished and the quarry fenced off. A common fate of temporary industrial buildings and workings. Hence this image forms also, in a small way, an historical document.

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