Having a new found addiction of photographing any sort of moving water using the long exposure technique passing Lisburn Civic Centre on my way to the Ten Exhibition meant I had to stop for 90 second exposure.

The above image was captured at f11 and a 90 second exposure. A colour version of the photo is also available on flickr here.

Parking at the civic centre it was essential to walk along the towpath through to Hilden Mill to see just how much the site has changed in two years.

The fire has taken its toll on the ageing building and I hope those who have the power can safe the remainder of the listed buildings.

You can see some of the previous Hilden Mill / Barbour Threads photos including images from the “Through the Mill” Exhibition here.


  1. In common with a lot of people from the area, both my parents worked at Barbour Campbell/Hilden Mill (my father for his entire working life).

    As much as I’m fascinated by urban decay and abandonment, it’s sad to see how badly deteriorated the buildings are though I remember some of them being in fairly rough shape even back when they were in use. Reminds me of how the old Island Mill was left to slowly rot, fall apart and occasionally catch fire.

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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