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The Grand Union Canal, Walking through time.

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Grand Union canal, Harefield, Hillingdon, London, England.
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Grand Union canal, Harefield (1988 to 2014)

Up until some 18 years ago I lived and worked in Harrow , Middlesex, North London. Working in the IT industry with long hours and shift work included. I really Valued my time off and would spend a lot of my weekends out walking in the country around North London. The Grand Union Canal was one of my most visited locations , it runs from Inner London to Birmingham in the Midlands of the UK.

Recently I took some time off to visit the Canal again after some twenty six years, It was great after all this time to get back and walk some old steps, I had no idea what could have changed. When I got back I remembered that I must have some old images taken during my original walks here.

So when I got back home to Ireland, I found some black and white images of an old canal side factory that marked the start of my walks, the images below show just how little the building has changed. It looks like it is just used for smaller office units these days but apart from this, its still very much looks like the place in my film images.

It was great to walk these old places, I have very good memories of walking and doing my best to relax after a long working week and to get a fresh image of the old canal in my mind was just great.

Film Gallery (1988), using a Nikon FM2 and Ilford XP2 Black and white film

Grand union Canal harefield 01

Grand union Canal harefield 02

Grand union Canal harefield 03.

Digital Gallery (2014), using a Fujifilm X100.

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4 responses

  1. Isn’t it nice to know that sometimes things don’t change all that much!

    April 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • Hello Alli πŸ™‚

      Yes I think so, its great to confirm it, you never know until you return to an old place πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  2. These are such lovely, evocative images, Nigel. I love the monochrome. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Your narrative really gives a sense of place and what it’s like to stroll along the canal.

    Thank you for sharing the journeys! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    April 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased you liked this post and what a great comment !!!

      Many Thanks πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      April 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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