Watermill, Essex

Watermill, Essex

Eric de Mare, a trained architect and one of the most acclaimed architectural photographers in Britain, devoted much of his career to recording Britain's neglected industrial heritage. His photographs of bridges, factories, and warehouses demonstrated that functional design was not an invention of the twentieth century, but had a long and honourable tradition in British architecture. De Mare's spare, almost austere style is much in evidence in this image of an anonymous watermill in rural Essex, which he treats with the dignity usually accorded to monumental architecture.