Back On It!

After a bit of a hiatus I am back on it. I've had a week or so off social media and blogging whilst out in France with friends. Its the first holiday that I've had in over five years where I've done 'nothing'. We sat by the pool, drank great wine, eat wonderful food and [...]

Chateau Y – Disconnected By Your Smile

Another great example of my recent Euro Tour #2 and the state that houses are left in. The house was chock full of 'stuff' all the cupboards were still full with books and jars, some clothes left too. A really nice find. I've processed this one a bit more sympathetically and tried to bring out [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:05:12+00:00September 28th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Residential|4 Comments

Heygate Estate – Locked Up

The front of the housing block looked pretty bleak, all doors and windows shuttered and welded closed. The estate was deserted except for a few people passing through as a short cut. Yet the London traffic was always present. I'd really like to go and shoot some more here, but felt more unsafe than I [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:36:28+00:00February 26th, 2011|Featured, London|5 Comments

Heygate Estate – Claydon House

I though that I would finish off the Heygate images this evening. As the area is somewhat 'dodgy', with lots of under under and overpasses and covering quite a large area I didn't really hang around and only took about 6 or seven sets of brackets.My apprehension wasn't helped by a medic on a motorbike [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:36:45+00:00February 24th, 2011|Featured, London|2 Comments

Cliffe – Wreck of The Hans Egede

Part of the trip to Cliffe Fort was to see the wreck of the Hans Egede. Unfortunately after being predisposed within the fort I didn't really have enough time to dedicate to the wreck due to the weather turning and advancing tide. I only managed to get a couple of sets of brackets off, none [...]

By |2011-01-27T19:38:52+00:00January 26th, 2011|Featured|10 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 – Blue Bath

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 [...]

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

Nocton Manor – Going Up

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 [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:48+00:00November 3rd, 2010|Featured|0 Comments

ECVB – Take Control

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 [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:49+00:00October 20th, 2010|Featured|2 Comments

Cristallerie – Keeping A Lid On It

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 [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:44:50+00:00October 11th, 2010|Explored, Featured|0 Comments

Cristallerie – Jewel

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 [...]

By |2010-10-06T01:18:53+01:00October 5th, 2010|Explored, Featured|1 Comment

Criminal Activity

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 [...]

By |2010-12-28T20:16:36+00:00September 25th, 2010|Featured|4 Comments

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

More Potters Manor Bottles!

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).

By |2010-12-28T21:10:26+00:00July 30th, 2010|Featured|0 Comments
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