Archive for the ‘Urban Exploration’ Category

In the early days of my exploration journey i was inspired by the grungy nasty HDR images that i was seeing on the exploration forums and Flickr so it was obvious that i was going to travel down this path with my photography………..and I loved it. To be honest i still do but in the last 12 months I have kind of toned down the heavy processing for a more realistic image.

Below are 2 identical images  processed 18mnths apart. I would love to hear your comments and views, which do you guys prefer.

SEPTEMBER 2011 / March 2013

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Fierce winds and white knuckles! I was holding on for dear life.

Cheers

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When exploring abandoned chateau’s / villa’s it’s the little things that are left behind that tell the story. They give you a little snippet into the life that was once lived within the four walls. I am never really comfortable exploring such locations, I get a sense that the owners will walk through the door at any given minute as if they had just nipped out for bread and milk.

Such possessions don’t usually last very long in these abandoned dwellings as they are subjected to looters and vandals who care more about profit and destruction rather that the documentation of such beauty.

 

 

Thanks For Looking!

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If you browse through any explorers photo-stream you will undoubtedly come across the lonely chair. The majority of explores have them in one shape or another. An old Asylum will somewhere have a broken down, decaying wheelchair. Hospitals will have some sort of operating chair, a dentist chair perhaps. Whatever shape or form they come in you can guarantee an explorer has photographed it, and I am no different.

As the title says, it’s a cliché but at the same time a classic. All these chairs are some indication of occupancy. The wheelchair would have had someone in it being pushed, the dentist chair would ( if it was me ) have a screaming patient squirming in it.

…and last but by no means least one of my all time fav “Urbex” shots

As long as there is a forlorn chair cast aside in the depths of these dilapidated buildings , there is a shot waiting to go on my photostream.

This post is dedicated to my urbex buddy “Shando”, enjoy dude!!

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Sometimes on an explore the bigger picture seems to take over me and I have to go as wide as possible and try and fit as much as I can into a scene. With these shots i busted out the 50mm and tried to grab a few details, which mean just as much as the abandoned corridor or the empty room.

These were all from an abandoned school which had some really cool rooms with stuff to get my teeth into. I don’t really get the 50 out as much as I like or should, will that change? I don’t know……..we’ll just have to wait and see.

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After checking out the new phlegm piece as seen in my previous post I took a trip to the abandoned tool factory to check out the Rocket01 pieces. I hear the security guard at this place can be a bit hit and miss, sometimes he’ll show explorers round other times not, so to eliminate the risk of an early bath stealth was deployed and I entered the back way :).

There was a bit of activity but a shufty here and slide there and I was into the main building where the art is. After that it was a nice relaxed mooch sniffing out the pieces. that is until I was on my way out and almost bumped into him inside!! I think he must have been a bit deaf as a slammed door and hectic footsteps led to no chase.

Anyhow, no more drivvle from me….on with the shots!!

Enjoy!

There was more inside and I’ll probably upload in another post.

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Another big wall and another big piece!! Finished work on Friday afternoon and eat up the 60 or so miles East?, I think,  to go check out Phlegm’s new piece. Apparently he is going to be up and down walls for a while now so may not need the Sat-nav eventually!!

Sky was perfect for moody take on this monstrous piece.

Thought I would shove my ugly mug in again for a sense of scale, or vanity, you decide!! lol

Another awesome piece and as long as Phlegm’s mind and artistic talents keep ticking over so will my shutter button

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Along with the staircases, it is the corridors that make epic viewing in old asylums. From beginning to end they seem to tell a tale about the building they reside in. A walkway out, or vice versa, a walkway to, the room you will spend most of your days in. Most of the old asylums tell a tale of misery and sadness which you can feel oozing through these narrow chambers

Here are a just a few of my favourites from a few explores.

Here’s to the next walk down a dark and distant past!

Nothing much I can add to what I said in this previous post, just enjoy the art!!

 

What A place eh??!!

An old hotel on the outskirts of the city, taken over by some amazing artists. These guys have a skill and talent i could only ever dream of.

It was an early morning start so managed to watch the sunrise over the city before the days shooting began.

Inside was no disappointment, some awesome pieces from some of the city’s finest. Phlegm, Rocket01, Fauna, Kid Acne and more can be found on all levels of the hotel.

I spent a good few hours here seeking out all the pieces, I still think I missed one or two!!