The second washerie we went to was a death trap, rusty floors and stairs. However the risk was worth it. The machinery on the top floor was lovely, decaying gracefully. I have no idea what these machines did or how they did it, the paddles look too fragile to actually sort or ‘paddle’ the coal.

This was a fairly hard image to process, the light and dark contrasting quite a bit. I’ve used my usual arsenal of filters from Nik and Photomatix to create the HDR initially from 7 bracketed images.

 (Mark Blundell)