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 [...]
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 [...]
One from my summer trip to Belgium from the disused amusement park. Sometimes there are images that need to be toned down and require a more sombre mood, others need to be shiny and bright. This is somewhere in the middle. During the post process I did have a version that was super shiny. I [...]
A welcome return to Dungeness images. I seem to have hit everything I wanted on this day out - images that I am very happy with that are in focus and fairly well composed. What really makes this set though is the light. Its not really something that I have thought about that much before. [...]
I've Been to quite a few wrecked houses and for some reason the fireplaces are always in the middle of the room or missing. Now, I can understand if they are missing, but why go to the trouble of removing it if you are not going to 'remove it'. There are a few of these [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Stairs always present an challenge for me - photographically interesting with lots of light and shadow, but generally in an enclosed space. It's often hard to get the shot that one is after unless there is a really wide angle lens at hand. My widest is a 12mm which on my crop sensor equates to [...]
So - last night I was struggling, however I did manage to knock this image out as well as April 1950 in the previous post. Getting this image 'just so' wasnt easy though, the contrast between the saturation of the rust and shine of the silver was hard to balance how I envisaged the image. I [...]
Another from the glass factory Val Saint Lambert. Although I didn't see the glass that I was after there were still some artifacts left, dusty and weathered jet shiny underneath. There were many of these lids wrapped in paper ready to be finished and sent out to shops for eager people to purchase. It was [...]
The Cristallerie was one of the main places that I wanted to visit on my trip. The entrance was fun and despite the map pin that I had, I didn't manage to find what I went for, however I did find a rather nice couple of rooms with some left over glass. The usual 9 [...]
An image taken in the gothic towers of Cheratte. Although this is billed as a great explore, I was quite underwhelmed with the internal s of the buildings. Having not been to a mine before i was expecting a little more. The main part of the building is made up of about 6 floors of [...]
After getting my new monitor last week I seem to have been filled with more and more excitement for processing. Coupled with that the purchase of some more memory yesterday I don't have to go and make a cuppa between edits while the PC thinks about things. So I've been going through some of my [...]
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. [...]
I'm suffering a bit of a writers block at the moment with my processing, so I decided to do something easy from Potters - more bottles. Yes, the place is full of 'em, and they look quite nice next to the window (as I hope you can see).
Lillesden Girls School Ground Floor Room More from the Girls School HERE
Rotary Kiln at La Porte
Quick post for the end of the evening, more to come soon, just too bloody busy to do everything!
Earlier this year I went home to Cornwall and did a bit of tourist sightseeing. One of the places we went to was a 'living quay' in Devon. This was somewhere that I had been to when I was much younger and quite enjoyed so thought that it would be interesting to go as an [...]
This letter from The Playboy Club was found in the same room as the ceramic models and nude postcards - maybe there were photos that were used as 'inspiration' for the mould that is there.