Hellingly Asylum – Bricks and Mortar

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 [...]

By |2012-03-03T19:21:35+00:00March 3rd, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

Runwell Hospital – Blue Bath

In contrast to the twin green baths in the ladies sideĀ of the asylum are the single blue baths for the male occupants. The setting presented lots of good processing opportunities - the shiny tiles reflecting the light from the window and the grime left on the bath itself. As the room was a bit cramped [...]

By |2011-01-24T13:19:59+00:00January 24th, 2011|Featured|4 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

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 – 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

HH3 – The Holy Hospital

Second day got off to a slow start. I didn't get up quite as quickly as I would have liked. I think my dodgy ankle may have caused me not to sleep too well, consequently I woke several times in the night. First stop was Organ Monastery. After doing a recce I decided against it. [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:52:30+00:00September 11th, 2010|Featured, Report|2 Comments

Mental: A History of the Madhouse

Last night I watched Mental: A History of the Madhouse on BBC4 detailing life in the asylums of Britain in the middle of the last century. The show specifically mentioned High Royds, however I have no doubt that conditions were similar in most other institutions throughout the UK in the similar era. It was particularly [...]

By |2012-01-07T12:00:14+00:00May 18th, 2010|Medical, Uncategorized|0 Comments

West Park Asylum

West Park Asylum - what can I say?! 11-12 trips last summer, some alone, some as a couple, others in large groups rushing around trying to capture as much as possible. This is the place where I met my lovely girlfriend, learnt a lot about photography, made some excellent people and avoided security (not that [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:53:05+00:00May 13th, 2010|Explored, Featured, Medical, Report|1 Comment