80 years of sludge! by Trevor Patterson

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The Grantham canal ambles for 33 miles between Grantham and Nottingham, passing through some beautiful farmland and countryside. It was once a major commercial route for transporting goods between the two towns, but with the advent of the railways its commercial viability began a decline. It was officially closed in 1936, though it had been unused for the 10 years preceding the closure and had lain unloved and mostly forgotten for over 80 years. Some stretches are completely dry, locks have rotted away and trees overhang and completely block it in many places.

Well, all that’s about to change; this fella is part of the dredging operation designed to reopen the canal for leisure traffic. It’s a huge project and has taken over 30 years to organise. Can you imagine the amount of sludge they have to dig out of that thing?

I’ve always been passionate about our English countryside and heritage, so it’s wonderful to see it being restored like this.


canal, catchlight, dredging, grantham, lincolnshire, nottingham, rpa


  • Karen Martin
    Karen Martinover 6 years ago

    Nice shot – love the treatment and the blues

  • Antoine Dagobert
    Antoine Dagobertover 6 years ago

    Great treatment and colors…fantastic work mate!

  • Bones
    Bonesover 6 years ago

    Thats cool, its jumping out of the screen, love it

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    All that electrifying excitement around the tractor is splendid, a machine made for change! It’s a wonderful photograph for anyone who loves these earth movers (like me) and that it’s restoring life and activity to what was neglected is terrific, thanks for the description of its history and caring about it. The blurred dark background (that must’ve been a challenge!) adds to the heroic lighting on the main player here. Nice work, Trevor. (It’d make a wonderful boost to the job they’re doing if they need the support, make sure the town sees it!)

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harrisover 6 years ago

    Excellent treatment – love the background, adds a feeling of motion. Great shot!

  • bites
    bitesover 6 years ago

    This is great the color works so well and the blured centres the tractor perfectly!

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    Great image Trevor. I like how you blurred the background and enhanced the center of the image so that the viewer can focus on the subject. Great color, details and exposure. A wonderful addition to the Human & Nature group.

  • Robin Fortin IPA
    Robin Fortin IPAover 6 years ago

    Nice one Trevor, Great effect. Love the focused then not, the colors. Really a nice treatment.

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 6 years ago

    Awesome work and effect, well done.

  • moonlight1
    moonlight1over 6 years ago

    very cool trevor! love the effect on this and the blue is so intense! :)

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