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Powerstation X – Take The Power Back

I've been away for a couple of weeks, some doing great stuff with Viveca in The New Forest, some in Europe on urbex tour. The images below are from the interior of a cooling tower taken on the last day of our trip. we initially went to the incorrect side of a canal after following [...]

By | May 3rd, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial|14 Comments

Cooling tower interior

By | May 2nd, 2011|Belgium, Industrial, Mobile Uploads|0 Comments

Harold Wood – Mortuary One

As you may know if you follow my posts I'm jumping around with images a little at the moment. My feet are getting itchy and without my camera I'm having to trawl through the archives to find some decent shots to process. I'm sure the last three have been posted elsewhere before, but its nice [...]

By | April 18th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Pyestock – Metal on Metal

Here's the inside of Cell 4 at NGTE, this testing facility was used to test the jet engines for Concord. If you look closely you can see the props still left for Sahara on one of the pipes on the right. The first time I walked into this area I was TOTALLY awestruck at the [...]

By | April 16th, 2011|Featured, Industrial|5 Comments

Pyestock – The Gates Of The River Styx

This evening I though that I'd have a look through some old images from way back when I started in this game. This was my fourth visit to Pyestock. Its the National Gas Turbine Testing Establishment. Pyestock was used to test jet engines from the 1950's onwards. This is thee inside of Cell 3. I [...]

By | April 14th, 2011|Featured, Industrial|11 Comments

West Park Asylum – Time For A Cuppa

I'm getting towards the end of this set from West Park I think. I need a little break from relentless processing to start afresh. with renewed vigour. Its not helping that my 550D is in the repair shop after being dropped at some point. Where and when, I'm,  not sure. but the pentamirror is out [...]

By | April 10th, 2011|Featured, Medical|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – UP

Another nice simple shot in my series of simple shots together with a simple post! I loved the peeling pain on this switch and the almost monochrome paint colour a lot, the rust breaking through and the shine of the brass switch itself. Click the image for a larger version and full gallery

By | April 8th, 2011|Featured, Medical|3 Comments

West Park Asylum – Cleanse Me

Another quick post this evening. Here's an image from one of the bathrooms at the asylum. I'm trying to move away from my normal style taking some different images and angles. Its actually very difficult. I'm now really comfortable doing what I do well, so I have to change and try to push myself in [...]

By | April 6th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

West Park Asylum – In The Mouths Of Madmen

Although West Park has been mostly cleared of trinkets and other such ornaments there is still the odd thing to be found before the demo teams continue their assault on sturdy Victorian architecture. Here is a knife and spoon, unfortunately the fork was no where to be found. Seeing these made me wonder whose hands [...]

By | April 5th, 2011|Featured, Medical|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – Showers

I was surprised to come across the showers in this area of the asylum. Having been there many times before I don't think I've been in this area before. It has what can only be described as paint dripping from the walls. It's probably the most impressive sheeting of emulsion that I've ever seen, the [...]

By | April 4th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

Monday Morning – Sleepy Eyes

Here's an image that I've processed slightly differently to my usual manner. I'm trying to add a little more colour to this one. I've used the cross processing filter in Nik to get a more antique look along with a couple of texture overlays to get the dreamy and slightly sleepy eyed look to the [...]

By | April 2nd, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Upturned

Another bath I'm afraid - I took this one on the previous visit but from another angle - HERE. Again I have used focal point from OnOne to blur the windows and wall to the right. I have little more to say about this image at the moment - its late and I am feeling [...]

By | February 19th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Disruption

This is a more processed image than my normal work and done with a bit more of a lighter hand. I think it shows that a little more time has been taken over this one compared to the darker images. As the UE specialists will attest - asylums and baths seem to go well together. [...]

By | February 18th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – No Way Down

This lift has been like this since the start of my visitations at Hellingly - boarded up and with two floors down. I liked the symmetry and know that with decent processing I would be able to bring out the darkness inside the shaft. This is in one of  the blocks still standing and likely [...]

By | February 17th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Salon Equipment

A Change from the emotional stuff this evening. Viveca an I went and had a look in the only building that is left untouched at Hellingly. I'm not sure what this was originally, I've done a little research but cant see that anyone else has taken images from here. Whilst the main asylum was still [...]

By | February 16th, 2011|Featured, Medical|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Run Like Hell

This is quite literally the end of Hellingly - the floor finishes here. As the diggers move in I have no doubt that this is now rubble. I'm going back tomorrow for what will most likely be the last time. I think I have documented the asylum almost enough and have pretty much all of [...]

By | February 12th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Something Happened

After processing the monster pano in the last post doing single images seems somewhat dull! However I liked this one quite a bit. This was taken shot was take shortly after smashing the back screen protection on my 550D. I placed the tripod on a piece of wood board (in the foreground) and stepped on [...]

By | February 11th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum Pano – Take 2

After creating the previous panorama and seeing comments I decided to have another go. I wasn’t particularly happy with the way the top and bottom halves lined up and really wanted to add the ceiling decorations. I wasn’t able to do this on the image before. One of the comments on the previous image was [...]

By | February 9th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Hellingly Hall – Pano

The hall at Hellingly is the main attraction - huge and decorated with ornate ceiling roses. I'd been wanting to do a pano of this location for a while and actually forgot to do it the last time I went, this time it was in my mind from the outset. This has been one of [...]

By | February 7th, 2011|Featured, Medical|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Swabs and Specimens

Another trip to the partially demolished asylum for what may be my (second) penultimate visit, still a little more to see ;-) Destruction is happening at a fair speed with less there this of the building left this week than last. There's still plenty to see though. Most of the rooms are stripped - so [...]

By | February 6th, 2011|Featured, Medical|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Bath Time

One of the few items actaully left in the asylum are the baths. Being old and iron or steel they must be heavy and cumbersome for the contractors to remove so are no doubt left for the wrecking ball to deal with. This was a small bathroom off of one of the wards, like all [...]

By | February 2nd, 2011|Featured, Medical|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Reflections Of Sad Times

 I liked the way the corridor framed the pool of water and light in this image, the reflection almost mirroring the window in the adjacent room. My explorer friend spotted this first and he is King Of Reflections, so I expect that he'll have something similar up soon. I was immediately taken with the flooring [...]

By | February 1st, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Exit Strategy

 As the construction / destruction is continuing at pace at Hellingly there are several parts of the remaining buildings where there were once corridors that are now open to the world. Although there are plenty of wards left, many of the connecting corridors that we used to traverse are no longer left and iopen out [...]

By | January 31st, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – The Great Hall

My penultimate trip to Hellingly (probably). This is almost where it all began for me and many others, my affair with photography, urbex and processing images, heck, I even met my other half at an asylum! Whilst taking the images, I'm totally in the zone, thinking about what to shoot and how to frame images, [...]

By | January 30th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

West Park – Play Me A Tune

Here's another of the West Park Piano - I'd been after a shot like this for a while - using the lower F-Stop to get a lovely focus point, although I must admit that I was helped a little in the post processing stages by a few filters!

By | December 15th, 2010|Featured, Medical|3 Comments

West Park – The Dancer

My exploring friend said that we were going to see 'the piano' on our journey. I'd only seen one at this location before - a big grand upstairs in one of the wards and I thought that this was were he was talking about. However I was pleasantly surprised to find this upright version in [...]

By | December 1st, 2010|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

West Park – Open and Closed

This week I've had a hard time finding anything to process. I've mentioned before that I'm not happy with my 'old' photos. Composition, focus and general shoddy work. I've only been taking photos semi-seriously for two years so I've learnt a lot and improved a lot. Added to this I've had a very busy couple [...]

By | November 27th, 2010|Explored, Featured, Medical|1 Comment

Hellingley – Bath Lady by REQ

The beautify Bath Lady at Hellingly. Now defaced and either gone or close to being demolished. I'm very privileged to have seen this in its prime.

By | June 23rd, 2010|Featured, Medical|0 Comments

Forest Shot – Hellingly

By | May 23rd, 2010|Featured, Medical, Slider|0 Comments

Goodbye Hell – The Report

Yesterday I went to Hellingly Asylum. I'd heard that it was in the process of demo so decided to go for one last look to see the state of things and how work was progressing. It took me a bit of time to get in as I managed to get lost in the woods which [...]

By | May 22nd, 2010|Explored, Featured, Medical, Report, Slider|0 Comments
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