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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Here's a typical scene from the now demolished Hellingly Asylum, sad to see it go, but I guess there has to be progress.
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
The weather had been inclement throughout the explore and as we exited the main complex of the asylum it started to rain adding to our mood. The destruction of the hall had almost completed and we both knew that within the next week destruction would be complete. Both of us got on with our work [...]
Whilst at Viveca's the other day she was looking at her old pictures from Hellingly Asylum, this spurred me to have a look at mine. as this was the first place I went on urbex missions my early images are almost all rubbish, however its a good testament to my perseverance in the craft of [...]
I thought that I'd create a post showing how I created an image this morning. I've been spending a bit of time brushing up on skills and looking into tutorials recently, so I thought it was time to put into use what I had learnt and share that with my viewers. Generally I use several [...]
On the way back from Luxembourg we detoured through France to visit a derelict industrial compound that was due to be flattened. there were still a few buildings left, this one in particular held what we had come to see. The artist of the insect like beings is IEMZA. There's a lot of work gone [...]
Hidden under the Dartmoor turf is this little urbex gem. Its a disused pumping house. The second visit for me, first time it wasn't this damp. I was expecting there to be a little water, however I wasn't expecting it to be 18 inches plus deep. I shou8ld have taken my waders! There is very [...]
Here's some more Phlegm from the hotel!
I just realised that I've not blogged my ROA images from Doel in Belgium - so here you go!
Just outside Sheffield is a disused filterhouse, it's a haven for creatives and their excellent art. I was lucky enough to meet one of the artists here as he was working on a new piece. It's over six months since I've been here and was amazed to see that the walls have changed - such [...]
I recently took a trip up to Sheffield with my friend RomanyWG. We wanted to check out a hotel that we knew was in the process of demo and had some cool street art. Luckily we had one of the artists with us which made things a little easier. I really think that we would [...]
This is a pretty simple image - just an empty warehouse, but look at the lovely ironwork in the roof. They don't make them like that anymore. The room was probably the tidiest, of the buildings at site, nicely clean floors and no rotting roofs. the sun was low as you can see and gave [...]
Here's another shot of the room with the dodgy floor. After venturing across the bridge and not being sure what to find the other side of the door I was faces with a rather large hole in the floor. Luckily the door was placed over the hole so I was able to get into the [...]
I've tried to take advantage of the wide angle lens here and split the image in two. This was an idea I saw at some of the local asylums where the corridors are acutely angled. This is testament to having my eyes open and thinking about framing images and what the camera and lens can [...]
Although the mill is very stripped and just a shell there are a few interesting things left on the walls, well one or two anyway. I spotted this switch and thought it would make a nice subject and a change to use a different lens. Shooting wide angle is pretty easy, composition is a doddle [...]
This was the part of the hospital that I came to see, I'd seen several images of this bendy corridor before and was keen to find it for myself. There are not that may locations with curved corridors, so I was glad to open the door and stumble right into it. I can only assume [...]
Here's a not unusual urbex room - windows broken, metal removed and false ceiling collapsed. This was also very wet with water dripping everywhere including all over my camera, not ideal, but I had to get the shot! Another location in the hospital that I wasn't really too fussed about and If I remember correctly [...]
On the way back from Cornwall we stopped off at a 'nice' hospital that I'd found out about. Initially I wasn't too impressed and on return to the PC after uploading and looking at my shots i really wasn't expecting much from this set at all.Viveca and I didn't spend too long at the location [...]
Having visited West Park around 15 times over an 18 month period, I was fairly used to seeing artefacts laying about, toys in the children's ward, beds and chairs etc. However it's shocking to see that documents and logs with patients names still left in place. Some a little disturbing making the casual visitor realise [...]
This week has been an interesting one for me. I did my first 'photo presentation' at a local camera club. This was around HDR and urbex, more focussing on the urbex side of things and hopefully dispelling the myth that all HDR is bad. It was a very fulfilling couple of hours that I really [...]
Another great example of my recent Euro Tour #2 and the state that houses are left in. The house was chock full of 'stuff' all the cupboards were still full with books and jars, some clothes left too. A really nice find. I've processed this one a bit more sympathetically and tried to bring out [...]
This is the reason why Europe is awesome for exploring - houses / chateaus and the like all left in good condition, possibly things get moved around, but generally things are left as they are. This house is an excellent example where the owner has looked after the property (as we found out). All that [...]
Here's a fairly straight forward image from Chateau Y- one of the many religious images hung on the walls here. An interesting point is that the paper has obviously fallen from the right of the hung picture, however its been replaced after the paper has left the wall. The owner obviously still cares about the [...]