230 Scenic Drive, Merewether Heights, Newcastle, NSW. Scenic Drive is the road linking Merewether Heights to the ocean front at Merewether itself, where we used to live. It is actually quite scenic, despite my evidence to the contrary. This was taken while we were living in Newcastle, and travelling this road quite regularly; when we returned 10 years later in 2003, they were still there, though the corrugated iron and clapboard shack they were attached to had fallen even further into ruin. The jacaranda tree was still there too. I may show it later. I think the cars are French; no doubt Tyro will tell me. And perhaps someone can tell me why so many of us are drawn to images of decay and ruin: on the opposite side of the road are smart new houses...
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jhm (160881) 2014-05-10 6:56
Sometimes is this incredible that this remains all these years.
Nobody looks to this old cars, maybe is all these family dead!
Colours and sharpness make these picture very attractive.
Nice composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Noel_Byrne (33724) 2014-05-10 8:59
Its a good question about our urge to visit decayed and ruined places, but its a definite thing that it fascinates so many of us. Certainly in the scene you have here, we see such beautiful colors in the rusted steel and the overgrown grass, and when I see a snippet of a place like this, I appreciate the colors without having the feeling of abandonment that these places can sometimes have. I know many places I have visited have felt lonely and desolate, but in an image, we only take the section that pleases us, so the isolation is not so apparent. Amazing to think how long these old cars have been here to fall to this condition.
If I had to guess, I would say the car on the left is a Citroen, there used to be similar looking cars in Ireland.
Cool shot, thanks for sharing.
holmertz (59748) 2014-05-10 10:04
I wouldn't say that I am really drawn to decay and ruin, but I feel a certain fascination for the less beautiful and less fashionable parts of a city, so this photo definitely attracts me in a way. I'm not sure exactly why, but there is s certain beauty in that sheet of rusty corrugated iron hanging from the roof and the grass that wasn't cut for a long time. It's fascinating to consider why these cars were left here and nobody bothered to get rid of them, even in the Scenic Drive.
tenretin (2657) 2014-05-10 11:35
Sympa votre cliché et assez original aussi. Je pense que la voiture de droite est une Peugeot 404.
dekanski (6096) 2014-05-11 5:15
like it! It's amazing that they have not yet been finished at a junkyard!
marabu61 (11331) 2014-05-11 11:31
Now this composition had me smile indeed. Opening the picture I expected a real nice and wide shot of a scenec road, maybe somewhere in the mountains, but than this ..
A great witness of good times long gone by that has a strangely attractive charme to it.
have a great sunday
Nicou (151990) 2014-05-12 1:00
La tôle toute rouillée tombe sur une des deux voitures, quelel compo génial, quelle carcasses de voiture sueprbe ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (154043) 2014-05-13 13:17
Ciao Will, lovely composition with fascinating ruined old cars, splendid clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-05-17 18:01
A good documentary shot.
Your images prompted me to have a look at street view. It seems that all were still in place Jan 2010 (last street view image). I will now have to go for a drive to see if it has changed since then.
I know that the building to the left of these cars is still intact; often used as a backdrop for wedding photography. I am not sure about the shed with the cars and the building with the Jacaranda.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-07-25 7:45
Well, this is not masterpiece, but I really like this simple rural scene with the old rusty cars. These oldtimers remind me my childhood when we loved to play in abandoned old vehicles.
All the best wishes,
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (11918)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1993-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Ruins
- Camera: Canon AE 1
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Old Aussie abandoned Vehicles [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-10 5:15