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The History

Pollphail Village was originally built to house workers on a nearby construction yard during the Oil Boom Of the 1970's.  The accommodation was built to house up to 500 workers.

The impetus to build the yard was based on future forecasting and was to be operated by the people living in Pollphail village, but structural design issues of the oil gravity platforms, cost implications and inflexibility in the sector at the time led to no orders being placed at the yard.

The whole project collapsed and the village was never occupied. 

In July of 2009, an artistic collective went to Pollphail and created a Grafitti art Gallery

The Explore

I was heading to the Western Scottish highlands for a weeks holiday in June of this year. It was to be an almost exploreless trip - I toyed with a return to a site I'd done previously and pondered, at length, whether to visit this site. It would be quite a significant detour if I were to go ahead. 

In the end, I decided to go - I loved the graf I'd seen from the place and it was something a little different.

Having decided to go here I felt a very early start would be good to get this, and the re-visit, done before carrying on with my holiday. Would I be able to get up at the time I had in mind? 

As is oft the case when I plan to get up early I did not fall asleep quickly.  Would I get up when the alarm rang or snooze it and turn over again?
The alarm went off at the allotted time and I got out of bed. A cup of coffee and some light breakfast was swiftly consumed. I'd packed everything into the car the night before - so straight to the door and out. 

I got in the car, set up my satnav, started the CD player and turned the ignition. I put the car in reverse and pulled off my drive at 03:36. Scotland here I come.

The Photos

All taken with a Canon 650D with Canon 10-22mm and Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lenses.

Shot in aperture priority mode with exposure comp as deemed necessary.

So without further ado the images:









































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