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Italian Hospital A – Bedlam

High up in the Alps in a small village thee is an abandoned hospital. There are two well known highlights of this location, one is the chapel which is very distinctive, the other is the fact that there are beds remaining in the wards. They've seen better days, but none the less its great to [...]

By | May 17th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Medical, Overseas, Urban Exploration|7 Comments

Hunting Lodge A – Kitchen

There wasn't very much left in this kitchen, a couple of sinks and that was about it. I liked the symmetry again and thought the varying textures and pastel shades on the walls would pop nicely when processed so took a bit of time with this one. Click the image for a slightly larger version [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

Hunting Lodge – Main Stairs

After seeing where we were going on our day out I did a search to see what to expect and came across the stairs in the lodge. Pretty much everyone who goes here takes this picture and its hard to do something 'different' really so I just went with the flow and shot this. I [...]

By | May 15th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential, Urban Exploration|7 Comments

Hunting Lodge A – Guest WC

A lot of urbex photographers have a thing about taking shots of the toilets in abandoned locations. I'm not quite sure of why this is, maybe because its sometimes the only furniture that is left as its attached to the walls. Maybe because the white porcelain is quite photogenic or that it sometimes dates a [...]

By | May 13th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential, Urban Exploration|4 Comments

Abandoned Art – Senso – Fallen Angel

In the warehouse somewhat hidden away was this fantastic piece by Senso, I really like this, the image really jumps out of the wall and the artist has used the environment well, the fallen angel sitting on the switches.   Click the image to see a slightly larger version or to purchase

By | May 9th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Italy, Overseas, Street Art|0 Comments

New Forest Church

This weekend I spent the Bank Holiday in The New Forest with my Mum, On Sunday we went for a lovely walk, about 8 miles. The weather was great and despite initially heading out with waterproofs we both ended up lightly dressed. I wanted to shoot a couple of churches that I had been to [...]

By | May 9th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Panoramas, The New Forset|2 Comments

Balestrino Abandoned Village – External

As you can see the weather was lovely in the village, blue skies and sun for a change. It was great to wander around without the worry of being quiet, getting caught or falling down any holes.   The village is mostly intact, nothing remains in the houses although the spaces are quite [...]

Balestrino – Abandoned Church

The third day of our trip was a treat - an abandoned village on the side of a hill. After a little confusion we found the right place. RoamnyWG and I had different locations in mind, I'd found a different village to him! The weather was great, lovely and sunny and the small village contained [...]

Tilt Shift Testing at The Shard

You should all know how I love my panoramas by now, well I am thinking about investing in a 17mm tilt-shift, so decided before making a (substantial) dip into Mr Visa's pocket that I should probably try one out. Last weekend I got my hands on a TS-E 17mm F4 lens. There's an excellent explanation [...]

By | May 1st, 2012|Blog, Featured, Gadgets, London, UK|0 Comments

Abandond Art – FRESH

Another from the same location as the previous images. I think was the only piece we found by ABSOLUT here.

By | April 25th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Italy, Overseas, Street Art|3 Comments

Abandoned Art – Sea Creative – Vine

More excellent contact work from my travelling colleague. We met a couple of the artists at a secret spot in Italy, yet another vast location with a lot of excellent art. The guys have been painting here for a long time and will continue to do so. The art on the walls is outstanding some [...]

By | April 23rd, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Italy, Street Art|2 Comments

Abandoned Art – James Kalinda

My travelling colleague is a bit of a street-art collector, or more accurately hidden art, a few mails and call were exchanged and we had the location of a new spot sorted. There's something affirming and ego-less about the guys that paint in hidden and abandoned locations, great works on vast walls, not for the [...]

Urbex Palace – NON PLUS ULTRA

Having seen pictures of this hall I kinda knew what to expect. However on arrival I was blown away, intricate carvings all painted white, skylights letting in wonderful light. This surly was a place to behold. I had high hopes of shooting a mega-panorama here, however it appears that it's not to be. The regular [...]

By | April 21st, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Urban Exploration|8 Comments

Lavoir à Charbon A – Pincer Action

It wasn't all manor houses and hospitals on our recent tour of Italy. On the way we travelled through France and Luxembourg, stopping off at a rather tasty coke washing plant. This was an interesting one as the site that it is on is live with plenty of people around. thankfully we entered unnoticed and [...]

By | April 20th, 2012|Blog, Featured, France, Industrial, Overseas, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Manor House T – The Chapel

I've been to several large houses in Europe that have chapels attached, nothing quite like this one though. In keeping with the rest of the property the whole room was painted with trompe-l'œil pretty much everything in the image apart from the alter is painted. It's obviously been a long time since the chapel was [...]

By | April 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential|7 Comments

Urbex Palace – The White Room

Finally back from Italy, around 3,000 miles driven over 11 days, what a great trip. My exploring partners and I have seen some wonderful locations, got some great photos all with little incident despite getting caught three times. The picture below was taken at an abandoned manor house, well, its a bit more than that [...]

By | April 15th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Residential, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

Italy Tour – Penultimate Day – Friday 13th

Our tour is drawing to a close an I am looking forward to getting home, sleeping in my own bed and having some different clothes to wear! In the mean time here are a couple more teasers from our trip, one from an excellent location with some cool graf, the other from a hospital high [...]

By | April 13th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Italy – En Route Post

Half way through the Tour d'Italia with RomanyWG and EllisD and things are going well for us. After a slow start of one location a day we've done three today. We hooked up with some locals for a convent, but unfortunately it had been recently boarded so entry wasn't possible. Luckily they had a backup [...]

By | April 9th, 2012|., Blog, Featured, Medical, Overseas, Residential, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

London – South Bank at Night

Another from my Saturday trip out to The South Bank. This is a stitched panorama made up of six or seven images with 3 brackets each. It was taken with my new (second hand) Sigma 12-24. I'm partially happy with the lens, its a bit soft after using the 24-105 L thought, so I have [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|Blog, London, UK, Uncategorized|1 Comment

London – Price Waterhouse Cooper

After a trip to see a friend I decided that I should go check out the South Bank with my camera. Its not often that you get hte chance to shoot anywhere in London without people, so I figured that midnight would be a good dimer to see what I could do. I'm also very [...]

By | April 1st, 2012|Blog, Featured, London, UK|1 Comment

Hellingly

Here's a typical scene from the now demolished Hellingly Asylum, sad to see it go, but I guess there has to be progress.  

By | March 31st, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Uncategorized, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

Hellingley

Another corridor in the now demolished mental asylum. I'm having trouble being creative with my writing at the moment, lots on my mind and lots to do, it seems to be sapping my thought process hence the lack of 'wordy-ness' recently!

By | March 28th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Tate Modern – Tate Catering

Along with doing a bit of work for The Tate recently, I've also done some in the past. Whilst having a browse for my recent work I came across a couple of my images in use. Its quite flattering to see my work on such a prestigious companies website, so I'm really happy with this. [...]

By | March 26th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Food|0 Comments

Sheffield Abandoned Factory

After searching through the archives I came across this shot - Its a pretty straight forward image and not the most interesting I must admit, however it was nice and easy to produce for a Sunday morning. We'd actually gone to do some graf hunting, looking for a pigs arse of all things, which we [...]

By | March 25th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Sheffield, UK, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

PTGui Tutorial

I've had a few people ask how I line up my panoramas, so I thought it was about time I shared my processing technique. Currently I am using PTGui, its a pretty cool program and works really well. The only proviso is that you have a panoramic head that is correctly aligned for your camera [...]

By | March 22nd, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, Tutorials, Urban Exploration|1 Comment

Centrale Thermique – Take It Away

I've been doing a lot of panoramas recently and although I really like doing them I wanted to get back to something more my usual style. I wanted PIPES this evening. I was searching through my images from last summer and came across this from Centrale Thermique, its a powerstation in Europe, disused of course. [...]

By | March 20th, 2012|Belgium, Blog, Featured, Industrial, Overseas, Urban Exploration|4 Comments

Tate Entertaining

I've done some work for Tate Catering a few times in the past and was lucky enough to get asked back last week. Tate Catering do the food for The Tate, both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, its generally high end cuisine accompanied equally fantastic wine. I really enjoy shooting this sort of thing, It's [...]

By | March 19th, 2012|Blog, Featured, London, UK, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fullers Panorama

Here's a location that's pretty local to me, somewhere in the South of England. It's a fairly small industrial unit that used to produce cat litter for all sorts of brands.Its been empty for a long time now, the machinery rusting and decay slowly taking over. Since I've had my pano head I've wanted to [...]

By | March 18th, 2012|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Battersea Power Station

A few weekends ago I went to take an image that I've been after for a long time. I was hoping to catch a pano from this spot but unfortunately my camera failed me, or more to the point, it wouldn't expose long enough to get any useful data from the ground. I may still [...]

By | March 14th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Industrial, London, UK|2 Comments

The Alma, Crystal Palace #3

The final instalment of my Alma set. I've devcided to add a gallery of the images rather than do many posts one after the other.  There's little more to say apart from its a great pub with excellent food created by Daniel Mayers who is passionate about his craft and the provenance of the fresh [...]

By | March 13th, 2012|Blog, Crystal Palace, Featured, UK|0 Comments
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