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 [...]
In contrast to the twin green baths in the ladies side 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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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. [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]