Around the docklands of Liverpool (once you are away from the tourist strip) are many disused warehouses and storage units. Whilst exploring this area I came across a unit filling most of Dickson Street covered in these wonderfully aged rivets. When observed in close-up each rivet reflected a mini world away from the faded glory of this area.
An old Victorian bridge in Matlock Bath leads to a series of local paths that make up the Lovers Walks. The bridge, opened for Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887, is currently being restored and returned to it’s original mid green colour. The images here show the pre-restored surface of some of the many rivets used in construction.
The Croatian town of Pula is home to a famous Roman amphitheatre. Whilst visiting there I explored the port area. Situated on the Adriatic, this is still an important working harbour. These lovely golden rivets were found directly on the water edge bolted into the ground and formed part of the unloading area for visiting ships.
The Old Logging Way is part of a 4 mile path starting in the centre of Aviemore. As you leave the town you cross on old iron bridge spanning the River Spey. The bridge was constructed by the Tees Side Iron & Engine Works based in Middlesbro-on-Tees. The bridge, set against the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, is covered in lichen, rust and sections of original paint as can be seen from the rivets used as the starting point for this picture
Whilst exploring the back streets of a Croatian old town, just outside of Dubrovnik, I came across these wonderfully weathered rivets holding panels directly into the old walls. Harsh treatment and the sometimes extreme weather conditions have produced the mixed soft pastel colours
The River Wharfe runs alongside the spa town of Ilkely in West Yorkshire. Crossing the Wharfe at the rear of the Ilkely Brewing Company is a suspension bridge built by David Rowell & Co in 1934. This footbridge joins ancient woodland with a beautiful river walk. The bridge was renovated in 2001and when I visited it in 2017 the grey, silver and whites of the bridge structure (and the rivets holding it together) were slowing giving way to muted greens as nature once again began to take over.
Carrer Del Castellet or Castle Street is an old narrow alley within the walled old town in Alcudia, Mallorca. Largely free of cars, you can freely wander around the maze of medieval streets. These rivets were found on huge ancient double doors on Castle Street. Like most of the doors and shutters in the town it was painted a bright grass green which beautifully contrasted against the terracotta coloured walls.
The New Tyne Bridge or Tyne Bridge is the famous and much love connection between Gateshead and Newcastle. Completed in 1928, it has firmly established itself as a symbol of the areas industrial heritage. The rivets were photographed in 2018, close to the deadline for the next lick of paint. On average the bridge is painted very 18 years and kept to a British Standard ‘Greenwood’ colour.