Here's the external area at The Atlas Hotel in Casablanca. Its not the best hotel in the world, but close to the airport so convenient. My room was clean and functional, so I was happy to lay my bags down and stay a couple of nights.
I thought that I'd create a post showing how I created an image this morning. I've been spending a bit of time brushing up on skills and looking into tutorials recently, so I thought it was time to put into use what I had learnt and share that with my viewers. Generally I use several [...]
I now have three strobes and associated stands and softboxes I've been messing about with them quite a bit. Viveca asked me to take some pictures of her and Jasper the cat. He's pretty old so Viveca wanted to get some decent pics of him and her together. This was actually quite a challenge, The [...]
Hidden under the Dartmoor turf is this little urbex gem. Its a disused pumping house. The second visit for me, first time it wasn't this damp. I was expecting there to be a little water, however I wasn't expecting it to be 18 inches plus deep. I shou8ld have taken my waders! There is very [...]
Here's some more Phlegm from the hotel!
Some more work by Phlegm
Here's another one from Phlegm, this is a fairly large piece and you can see that the artist doesn't do things by halves, it's HUGE! However despite the overall size of the piece the detail is amazing. We were lucky enough to see this on a lovely clear day and although the blue sky is [...]
I recently took a trip up to Sheffield with my friend RomanyWG. We wanted to check out a hotel that we knew was in the process of demo and had some cool street art. Luckily we had one of the artists with us which made things a little easier. I really think that we would [...]
Cotehele Quay is on the River Tamar and was once a busy transit and freight quay, market gardeners sent their wares to Plymouth from here and no doubt the local mines will have also used it. The quay and area in general is dotted with lime kilns. The lime would have been used in agriculture [...]
Cotehele is in The Tamar Valley on the border of Devon and Cornwall, once this area was awash with market gardens, the steep south facing hills giving a great aspect for growing flowers. The area was mostly known for daffodils, these gardens are no longer working, however various kinds of daffs can still be found [...]
This is a pretty simple image - just an empty warehouse, but look at the lovely ironwork in the roof. They don't make them like that anymore. The room was probably the tidiest, of the buildings at site, nicely clean floors and no rotting roofs. the sun was low as you can see and gave [...]
Here's another shot of the room with the dodgy floor. After venturing across the bridge and not being sure what to find the other side of the door I was faces with a rather large hole in the floor. Luckily the door was placed over the hole so I was able to get into the [...]
A quite Saturday led to a quick self portrait with my flash. I bought a couple of flashes, stands, a softbox and umbrella some time ago but haven't used them in a while, mostly because my remote trigger has been a bit temperamental. I have a long cable to trigger with though so thought it [...]
I've tried to take advantage of the wide angle lens here and split the image in two. This was an idea I saw at some of the local asylums where the corridors are acutely angled. This is testament to having my eyes open and thinking about framing images and what the camera and lens can [...]
Although the mill is very stripped and just a shell there are a few interesting things left on the walls, well one or two anyway. I spotted this switch and thought it would make a nice subject and a change to use a different lens. Shooting wide angle is pretty easy, composition is a doddle [...]
This was the part of the hospital that I came to see, I'd seen several images of this bendy corridor before and was keen to find it for myself. There are not that may locations with curved corridors, so I was glad to open the door and stumble right into it. I can only assume [...]
Here's a not unusual urbex room - windows broken, metal removed and false ceiling collapsed. This was also very wet with water dripping everywhere including all over my camera, not ideal, but I had to get the shot! Another location in the hospital that I wasn't really too fussed about and If I remember correctly [...]
On the way back from Cornwall we stopped off at a 'nice' hospital that I'd found out about. Initially I wasn't too impressed and on return to the PC after uploading and looking at my shots i really wasn't expecting much from this set at all.Viveca and I didn't spend too long at the location [...]
Above the house is an ornamental pond, its a really nice spot in the summer with plenty of fish in the water, however they all seem to be in hiding and I didnt see any at all on this day. Maybe they were keeping warm! I've had a few people ask how [...]
The penultimate image and panorama in the series of Cotehele House showing the ornamental gardens.
The present house was built between 1485 and 1539 during the reigns of Richard III, Henry VII and Henry VIII. Sir Richard Edgcumbe, was rewarded for his loyalty to Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth (the battle was in 1485), started to completely remodel the original 13th century property. Following Richard Edgcumbe's death 4 [...]
This is the top floor of one of the buildings in the Wool Grading location. I can only assume that this was a store of some sort - pulleys and trapdoors at the other end of the room and lack of any further machinery to me indicate that there was no industrial use for the [...]
Local to where my Mum lives is a beautiful National Trust house.I've been going here for over 20 years, well before I had an interest in photography. The house was built around 1485 and is one of the least changed Tudor buildings in the UK. I took the opportunity to check it out again over [...]
The most derelict part of the prison that is actually accessible is the Naval Wing. The wing was of course originally covered with an internal landing on each floor, initially for housing civilians then handed to the Navy. Supports for the landings this can be seen in the higher levels where wooden posts still remain. [...]
As is customary Viveca and I visited some nice decayed places over the holidays. This is a partially abandoned prison in Cornwall, UK. It was built in 1779 for prisoners of war and saw 50 public executions, the last of which was in 1909. The prison was closed in 1922 and was left to rot. [...]
Sheep have grazed upon Dartmoor in Devon for thousands of years. Mills have consequently sprung up in the locality for several hundred years. These have all but closed now as the processes become more mechanised and automated. The sheds were used for grading, spinning and washing until the 1930's when the machinery was sent away [...]
Every urbex photographer likes a chair. I'm not sure what it evokes, but a seat in an empty room can make a picture - the subject adding interest to an otherwise mediocre space. If this chair had not been in the picture then there would have been no shot in the loft. Admittedly it was [...]
Terres Rouge is a huge derelict industrial area just inside Luxembourg, so called as the earth is red. I'm not sure what these silos were for, but I suspect that they were holding coal or ore ready to be taken somewhere. I'm not all that au fait with the mining / washing and shipping process.
Here's a video I created using several days kitesurfing action. The camera is a Go Pro HD Hero and is mounted on the front and middle of my board and also on the kite and helmet. Its the first time I've attempted to do anything like this, so admittedly not that good, but you get [...]
Over the last week I have spent a little time in Morocco. Primary reason was to have my first vacation in two years. I wasn't really sure where to go initially, but as its cold and wet in the UK decided that somewhere sunny for a ,little kitesurfing would be a good choice. I haven't been [...]