Posts Tagged ‘critical mass’

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


Critical Out!!


chair web


A Different Perspective

It always good to return to a location and totally see it from a new perspective. Totally missed this view on my first visit as I went for the more commonly seen shots of this location.

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!

Critical Out!

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!!

Critical Out!

With a distinct lack of an attractive model I once again find myself home alone, learning the way of the strobe. It is a troubled path that I must conquor!! 🙂

Along with non existent hotties to photograph a lack of props to make the shots interesting is always a pain.

So I lead you to believe that I converted to black and white to create a moody atmosphere when in reality it was just to hide my slightly ( and I stress slightly ) ginger beard!!

Critical Out!!


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!!


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

Critical Out!!

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!

Took a ride out to see the new pieces Phlegm had put out and check out some oldies too while I was in the neighbourhood.

The main one I wanted to see was the giant Robot head that sits at some old sub station on the outskirts of Sheffield. I had seen the pictures from his blog but didn’t get a sense of scale until I was stood before it.This is the biggest piece of his that I have seen in the flesh and the amount of detail is incredible. From the workings inside the head, the lantern that is lit up, the number 42 on the computer ( which apparently is the answer to the ultimate question ) and the man inside the robots hand.

Detailed shot of the head, so much going on here, awesome!!

…and at the controls of the hand!

A stunning piece!!

The other new piece was one really tucked away on a big oil drum ( Thanks Fiona for info ). The Ancient Mariners. I think I caught it just at the right time too as the rising suns really gives it some colour

After grabbing these 2 pieces it was just a case  of chasing a few oldies to finish off the day.

An awesome way to spend a freezing cold Sunday morning!!

Cheers Critical!

Was back on the strobe trail today and being a tightwad i still only have the one.  I was always told though  “don’t try to walk before you can run” so for now I’ll stick to learning with one and when it’s time to move up I’ll borrow another…………I may be better with lights but that don’t mean I’m still not a tightwad!! lol

Who doesn’t wish they were a Rock Star!!

Who wishes they weren’t a moody bugger!!

Very rare do I get to head out on a weeknight due to family commitments, but when I do get the chance I don’t need asking twice. What started as a solo trip into the city just to get some night shots ( probably down in Media City……..AGAIN!! ) turned into an awesome few hours camped out on one of Manchester’s rooftops taking in the view.

I don’t do nowhere near enough rooftop exploration, but with them being mainly at night this will probably stay the case, well, until the kids can fend for themselves anyway :).

The weather was not the best but it was dry and that’s the main thing I suppose, however the murky clouds and orange/yellow glow from the light pollution gave the city a real Northern Wintery feel. I was more than happy with how they came out.

Wanted to try and cram as much into one of the shots as possible and with making a pano a little awkward dude to railings round some of the rooftop I decided to deploy the fish!

Really happy with the way this one came out. it was not intentional in my workflow but I get a real edgy apocalyptic feel from this shot.

Another with the fish and i think my fav of the night. Wanted to get a decent shot of the hotel coupled with Piccadilly Train Station.

The lack of a zoom lens didn’t stop me grabbing this shot. These were quite a way away but the 24-70mm did a fine job of reigning them in.

So that was my very rare but very enjoyable evening on the tiles, back down the guts busting flight of stairs to reality again!!