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 [...]

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

Another Narcissistic Self Portrait

Due to Photoshop having a bit of a hissy fit on me this evening I decided to post one that I took last night whist messing with the flash. I really enjoy portraiture and it's something that I'd like to excel in. At the moment its limited to self shots. I'm not yet skilled enough [...]

By |2011-01-13T01:37:30+00:00January 12th, 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 – 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