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 |2012-01-07T11:59:59+00:00January 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 |2012-01-07T12:00:10+00:00January 30th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Heygate Estate – RAGE

On Sunday I took a trip to the Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle in London. This estate was completed in 1974 and was originally conceived as a model of modern urban living with large airy rooms and great views over the center of London. However in recent years due to architectural  and maintainence issues [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:36:49+00:00January 25th, 2011|Featured, London|8 Comments

Runwell Hospital – The Kitchen Sink

This may not in fact be the kitchen sink, it looks more like a cleaners room! I liked the setting of this room, the five main parts of the shot work well together - cracked paint, window, sink, mirror frame and radiator. I've taken a slightly different route with the processing on this shot. I [...]

By |2011-01-21T17:54:56+00:00January 21st, 2011|Featured|3 Comments

Runwell Hospital – Out Of The Blue

One cold November morning Howzey and I went to the asylum. It was frosty on the ground still and we couldn't initially find our way in, the entrance that had been used before was boarded, but with a bit of looking and climbing we gained access. This was an early kick off and I'm glad [...]

By |2011-01-20T01:26:24+00:00January 19th, 2011|Featured|4 Comments

House M – There’s Blood On The Door

After an unsucessful attempt at some urbex photogtaphy earlier in the day, my friend and I ventured to my very local location. It's a tiny house, two rooms upstairs, two downstairs, a kitchen that has now fully collapsed and a semi outdoors toilet. Viveca and I discovered this place around eight months ago, its rapidly detiorating, one [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:33:18+00:00December 29th, 2010|Cornwall, Devon, Featured|5 Comments

Manorhouse S – Close The Windows

I recently went cycling with some friends and went past abandoned house VERY close to where I live. I'd not seen it before despite the location being so close to home. Several times I've driven past, and as the leaves have fallen to the ground its been obvious to me that the place was properly [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:36:50+00:00December 19th, 2010|Featured, London|3 Comments

Runwell – Switch ONE

The decay at Runwell Asylum is pretty epic in places. Peeling paint all over the place indicating how open to the elements its been here in the past. Now safely boarded up though keeping the majority of the rain, wind and snow out of the main building. I was really taken by this switch, the [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:31:49+00:00December 10th, 2010|Featured|1 Comment

Burngullow Clay Driers

A couple of images from an explore last year with one of my urbex friends. We were both in The West Country visiting relatives over Christmas and decided to hook up for some photo fun. Our target was Burngullow Clay Driers. From what I remember we had a bit of trouble finding the location due [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:32:56+00:00December 8th, 2010|Cornwall, Explored, Featured|0 Comments

Runwell : FIRE | EXIT

This is the first image I took at Runwell, well second after re-framing it. I was never any good at art at school and was always more mathematically minded, however when we were introduced to perspective I was instantly more interested - art with a mathematical bent. The straight lines and vanishing point immediately appealed. [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:35:42+00:00December 7th, 2010|Featured|1 Comment

Runwell – The Windows

This shot was thought about quite a bit and took a bit of lining up. I worked hard to frame it just how I wanted getting all of the windows in place and trying not to crop the radiator. I processed this a week or so ago and think it might be a bit overblown, [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:10+00:00December 4th, 2010|Featured|3 Comments

Runwell – The Ladies Bathe Together

One of the few tings left in one piece at Runwell were the baths, both in the male and female wards. The curious thing was that the ladies had two baths in the same room where the guys had a bath and a shower. They make for good images, shiny tiles, decaying ceiling and moldy [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:10+00:00December 2nd, 2010|Featured|3 Comments

Runwell – Cubicle 1

Another from Runwell. Toilet furniture was well preserved at this location - a surprise really, most urbex WCs are smashed. I cant really think why anyone would want to smash a loo, but there you go.I'm not sure what this is - its not a toilet, or a bidet. It actually looks like something I [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:10+00:00December 2nd, 2010|Featured|2 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 |2012-01-07T10:53:04+00:00December 1st, 2010|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Runwell Asylum – External Thoughts

My friend and I made our way around the two story building, it was quite samey, square, stripped and decaying. The light was great though, low sunlight through clear winter skies.We didn't see anyone at all and given that the place was fairly recently boarded up there was little chance of anyone else entering making [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:11+00:00November 29th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Runwell Asylum – The Cell

second day of urbex in a row and I met my friend Howzey for a trip east. We planned to do another location but after gaining entry were disconcerted by the PIR and speaker messages telling us that we shouldn't really be there and that it would be for the best if we left. Luckily [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:11+00:00November 28th, 2010|Featured|0 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 |2012-01-07T10:53:05+00:00November 27th, 2010|Explored, Featured, Medical|1 Comment

Harold Wood – The Fridges

Here's a shot from about a year ago. These are the body refrigerators from a disused mortuary at Harold Wood Hospital. The was a particularly notable explore for me as I was not well prepared for how cold it was going to be - bloody cold Given that we were in a mortuary as well [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:11+00:00November 23rd, 2010|Featured|1 Comment

Marconi – Cleanliness

Not Much to say about this one really - I've not been out exploring anywhere crusty for a while now and after taking delivery of a Sigma 8-16 I'm itching to get out again. I reckon this location will do the trick, there are lots of open spaces to take advantage of the wide angle. [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:19:12+00:00November 20th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Dungeness – ND110 First Day Out

Last week I got hold of a ND110 filter- that's a 100 times reduction in light through the lens. The principal  reason for this was to get some nice shots of milky water. Unfortunately by the time Viveca and I got to Littlestone the tide was out, so the water was a bit far away. [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 12th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Dungeness – Hammer Time

I spotted this sinister Hammer on top of one of the pulling machines. Covered in grease and oil, the head flattened I immediately sawa photo opportunity. It had character, obviously used for a very long time and had no doubt weathered some storms. Often when I take a photograph I immediately  know what to do [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 11th, 2010|Featured|3 Comments

Dungeness – The Dormant Monster

Another in the tractor series. This is pretty heavily processed - HDR and quite a bit of Nik. the original was not all that different though. Despite thinking that on the first visit all of the machinery was defunct I was surprised to see that they had all moved, so this either happened in the [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 9th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

Dungeness – The Cog

Another trip to Dungeness. This time the weather wasn't so kind to us. It was bloody freezing! Forecast was for sunny spells, but they didn't mention the rain. We were well prepared with lots of clothes, but were still a little chilly. I began to get a bit fed up because of the rain, constantly [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 8th, 2010|Featured, Uncategorized|1 Comment

DadiPark – Run Aground

The final destination on my trip to Belgiun was Dadi Park a disused kids amusement park. I actually found this place quite depressing. There must have been many children who spent summer days here with their families, enjoying the slides, boats and bumper cars. However the bumper cars probably weren't in the boating lake at [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 4th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments
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