Making photographs, not just taking them – Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Dundee Multis Demolition

I had been looking forward to this day for some time.  The day that another 4 massive multi storey blocks of flats were getting demolished in Dundee.  This doesn’t removed all of them from the city but it does half the amount left and removing a massive (and horrible) part of the Dundee skyline.

Knowing many places would be busy I decided to set up on the Tay Road Bridge, seeing at it’s almost 1.5 miles long I figured I’d managed to get a spot somewhere along it.  Turns out I didn’t have to go far to get space and a good view.  Although in saying that there were people all along the bridge (but nowhere near as busy as places like The Law, City Quay, etc):

The view back towards Fife

View towards Dundee

Having set up I had to play the waiting game, seeing as Tayside Police were doing their usual and not communicating with the public no-one had any really idea what time it would happen (rather than making it a massive public event, as it turned out to be anyway, they kept it all hush hush).  So the only warning I had was when the Northbound lanes were closed (the fear was that drivers crossing North into Dundee could be distracted as it was in line of sight, nevermind the drivers heading South out of the city turning in their seats to watch behind them!), when that happened I got myself ready at the camera.

However, during the course of the next 10 minutes I got distracted (can’t remember what I ended up looking at but I’m putting it down to boredom) and turned my head, next thing I knew was turning back to see all 4 of the blocks already half way down!!!  I started taking photos but by that time it was kinda too late – gutted!

Anyway here is a selection of the photos I did manage to get, they still kinda set the scene:

I think what I managed to capture still showed what an event it was for the city but mainly proves that patience is key.


4 responses

  1. I thought the police made a decent effort to let people know what was happening via the Facebook page they had set up.

    31/07/2011 at 14:31

    • batty79

      But how many people could keep checking the Facebook page when out and waiting. I was listening to local radio whilst waiting and even they didn’t know until after it happened.

      31/07/2011 at 15:01

  2. I was out on the water staring at the multis and still missed it

    31/07/2011 at 18:34

    • batty79

      There were plenty boats out there.

      31/07/2011 at 22:28

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