Alphabet Project | A is for abandoned

May 14, 2014

A photograph of an abandoned bridge over a lake recently caught my attention. It would have made an intriguing first capture for this project but it wasn’t to be. The decaying bridge and the conservatory it leads to form part of Witley Park. This private estate is also home to Britain’s most extraordinary folly – a ballroom located 40ft beneath the surface of a lake!

Welcome to The Alphabet Photography Project #alphabetphoto.

Continuing with the abandoned theme, this photograph was taken at the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills in Surrey. Established in 1626, it was one of the largest mills in the country and the most important supplier of gunpowder to the government. These solid millstone rocks were once used for grinding gunpowder. The old mill is now a designated monument having closed nearly a hundred years ago.

PODcast IMG_3930 - Chilworth gunpowder millstone

How to join in

The Alphabet Photography Project takes place every Wednesday. A Linky opens at 6am that day until the following Tuesday if you’d like to share a short post about your photograph. There is no badge but if you include a link back to PODcast I’ll happily share your post on Twitter and the Google+ page in return.

You can also share your photo in the Pinterest and Facebook groups or on Instagram (PODcast is here). The hashtag to use is #alphabetphoto.

The theme can be interpreted in any way your choose. For example the letter A might be a photograph of an apple, an object that resembles the letter A (like a pattern in a gate) or a photograph of the letter A using props. It could also be an adjective.

Inspiration for letter B

Here are a few ideas to get us thinking about letter B:

Balloon, bowl, banana, berries, bald, birds, bricks, bags, boxes, beaches, bikinis, books, butterflies, balls, baskets, buildings, bicycles, boots, bells, bokeh, bees, black and white, bridge, barns, blue, bronze, brown, bump, bees, beautiful, beer, brandy, biscuits, bread, badminton, bowling, Berlin, Bruges, beetroot, broccoli, blue-eyed, blushing, bright.

There’s also a Pinterest board if you’re on the hunt for inspiration:

Follow PODcast grappling with a box of frogs’s board Photography: The Alphabet Project on Pinterest.


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  • Mama H May 14, 2014 at 6:30 am

    A stunning photograph as ever! Excited to be joining in! #alphabetphoto

  • All about a Mummy May 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

    This is a fab idea and a fantastic incentive to get my camera out! X

  • Mummy of Two May 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Such a great idea for a linky! Loving your choice of theme for A and the photo of the millstone is lovely, very atmospheric.

  • Dragonsflypoppy May 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Gorgeous photo and this is a super idea for a linky! Fab fab fab xx

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  • Verily Victoria Vocalises May 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    A stunning photo – and really innovative as well 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more from this linky xx

  • Louise Perry Fairweather May 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

    oooo I like the idea of this will have to try and link up. Still have a whats the story post I want to do but haven’t had the time recently x

  • Cheryl May 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Smiling as we both chose stone to photograph. Beautiful ageing surface on yours. Almost as if it is coming to life.

    Love this challenge. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with.

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs} May 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Epic photo hun. All linked up! This linky excites me! x

  • ninja Cat May 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Amazing I love this

  • Notmyyearoff May 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Brilliant linky and that photo looks a tiny bit haunting too. Great effect!

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    I’ve just linked-in mine! And it’s A for Alone 🙂

  • Mrs Teepot May 14, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Gorgeous shot, works super well in b&w. Love this project too, hope I can keep joining in!

  • Kirsty May 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Love the textures and the feeling of age in this photograph. Beautiful x

  • Donna @OrdCyclingGirl May 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    What a fab idea for a project. I was just saying to my OH how I need to purchase a new camera. I’m not much of a blogger without a decent camera am I. Definitely top of my list! Good luck with the project. What a great start you’ve made with this image 🙂

  • Lou's Lake Views May 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Such a shame you couldn’t get the bridge shot but the mill stone is pretty awesome too 🙂 Thanks for hosting 🙂

  • Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins May 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    What a fab idea, I will be back to link up after I have had a think and taken some pictures 🙂 x

  • City Coastal Lifestyle May 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    very surreal

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure May 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    What a lovely idea for a linky, I have some ideas for B so will try and join in

  • Jen aka The Mad House May 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Great idea charlie. Look forward to following this on a weekly basis

  • Michelle May 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I love photographing the alphabet! I did that during the year for Project365:2011! I’ll have to go and hunt down my “A” picture and share it!

  • Michelle May 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Turns out I have an A for this year, so have just added!

  • lisa prince May 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    so wish i could capture beauty like this weldone on your great pics x

  • YouBabyMeMummy May 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Great idea hun. I took a picture but got too many post on the blog at the moment x

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) May 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Fabulous photo, such texture and depth to it x

  • Victoria Mylittlel May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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    Lovely idea for a linky and brilliant photo to kick it off x x

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One May 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Great idea for a linky, just need to get organised! Lovely photo and story behind it, expect nothing less 🙂

  • Polly May 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    beautiful photo, and what a great linky!

  • Shay Noble May 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    This sounds fantastic!! I will be joining in 🙂

  • Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown) May 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    What wonderful photos and such a great idea for a project. Will have to come up with some ideas for letter B 🙂
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  • Pippa Ainsworth May 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Love the photos, I have a fascination for the abandoned and am always snapping when I see it Lovely idea for a project, I’m looking forward to taking part.

  • Shell Louise May 15, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Love that it;s in black and white 🙂 Glad to be joining in with the linky and hope to be a regular 🙂

  • Amy May 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Lovely shot, it really has an eerie feel to it.

  • Helen Dickinson May 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Fantastic idea for a linky. I love the photo you have managed to capture. x

  • Hellie's Corner May 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Brilliant photo, there’s a lot of history in that stone. Great linky 🙂

  • Mammasaurus May 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    We are on it and joining in. Love the black and white effect – I’m such a sucker for it! Now to think about B…..

  • older mum in a muddle May 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I like the way you have taken this in black and white, it gives it an eerie feel. You have a lot on your plate now with all these linkys! X

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    Ever so dramatic in black and white! I’m loving this idea, late to the game but have finally joined in.

    Thanks for hosting.

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    Beautiful shot – there’s something poignant about it which is felt stronger by b & w.

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    This is such a stunning picture. Each time I come back and look at it I see something different. Very excited about this project too 🙂

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    Got my post in.. just in time! Looking forward to joining in with B hopefully earlier than I managed A!
    Great shot of the abandoned mill stone. x

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