ECVB Panorama Collection

I posted this pano at the weekend on a pano Facebook page and a few people pointed out stitching errors that I'd not noticed previously, so I decided to have another go at it.After looking at the original I have to agree with them. This was one of the very first panorama images that I [...]

Terres Rouge – Red Earth

I don't often include images of the people I explore with in my pics, but decided this was a good one of my friend RomanyWG, his son Ellis is sneaking into shot on the right too. It gives an idea of the scale of the facility we were exploring. The concrete structures were tainted with [...]

By |2012-08-13T21:03:51+01:00August 13th, 2012|Belgium, Blog, Featured, Industrial, Overseas, Urban Exploration|1 Comment

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 [...]

In Pursuit of Rare Meat

I'd seen this mammal in RomanyWG's excellent book Out Of Sight and was pleased to find it hidden away in the Tannery. I shot some normal images straight on, but when I walked through the door Looking back I really liked the framing of this. The Deer looks startled, as if it's heard me and [...]

In Triplicate – Sea Creative

The great blue walls in the tannery provide an awesome canvas for the artists Sea Creative and Vine (right). Pretty much the whole of the factory wall is covered by the work of only three or four artists, their own private play area. The almost monotone colour set that has been chosen works really well [...]

Hospital C – Dreaming Of Escape

Another wheelchair from Hospital C - there were loads of these about and I am sure its not the last one I'll put up from here. This was pretty much the penultimate shot that I took at this location, and was a bit rushed. The initial image wasn't well composed and somewhat wonky so I [...]

By |2012-06-07T23:34:39+01:00June 7th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Medical, Overseas, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – DRUGS

Having visited West Park around 15 times over an 18 month period, I was fairly used to seeing artefacts laying about, toys in the children's ward, beds and chairs etc. However it's shocking to see that documents and logs with patients names still left in place. Some a little disturbing making the casual visitor realise [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:24+00:00December 20th, 2011|Blog, Featured, Medical|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – Frail and Bedazzled

This week has been an interesting one for me. I did my first 'photo presentation' at a local camera club. This was around HDR and urbex, more focussing on the urbex side of things and hopefully dispelling the myth that all HDR is bad. It was a very fulfilling couple of hours that I really [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:53+00:00November 17th, 2011|Blog, Featured, Medical|3 Comments

ECVB – Cockerill

Here's my final panorama from ECVB - this is taken from the area furthest from the control room. More super pipes for you to scroll around. Hit the full screen icon (the right hand square) once the image has loaded  for the full screen experience.   Again this is processed in a similar [...]

By |2012-09-02T15:51:13+01:00September 18th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial, Panoramas|1 Comment

ECVB – Organ Pipes

This is the money shot at ECVB. Right in front of the control room facing the four massive silver pipes that extend to the ceiling. From here the true majesty of the site can be seen, it really is awesome.   This image is made from 162 images,18 shots made up of 9 [...]

By |2012-09-02T15:25:40+01:00September 15th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial, Panoramas|5 Comments

ECVB – Turbine Hall

Here's the turbine hall at ECVB. Compared to the rest of the facility its pretty sparse. All of the interesting stuff is below. There are two turbines housed in here, one at the far end of the hall transversely angled to the one below. I'll not say much about this and let the images do [...]

By |2012-09-02T15:57:14+01:00September 14th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial, Panoramas|0 Comments

ECVB – The Cathedral

Since the first time I went to ECVB  on a solo trip quite some time ago I have wanted to do a series of panoramas of this awesome location. The main hall is so vast that to take simple images just does not do it justice. When one arrives in here initially there is a [...]

By |2012-09-02T16:13:51+01:00September 13th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial, Panoramas|1 Comment

ECVB – The Sky is the Limit

This weekend we took a trip to Belgium. I've been previously a month or so ago and was quite unsuccessful at getting the images that I wanted, I was after some panorama images of the turbine hall, but unfortunately wasn't well enough practised with the pano head so ended up coming away empty handed in [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:05:29+00:00September 11th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial|1 Comment

Pyestock – Metal on Metal

Here's the inside of Cell 4 at NGTE, this testing facility was used to test the jet engines for Concord. If you look closely you can see the props still left for Sahara on one of the pipes on the right. The first time I walked into this area I was TOTALLY awestruck at the [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:57:25+00:00April 16th, 2011|Featured, Industrial|5 Comments

West Park Asylum – Time For A Cuppa

I'm getting towards the end of this set from West Park I think. I need a little break from relentless processing to start afresh. with renewed vigour. Its not helping that my 550D is in the repair shop after being dropped at some point. Where and when, I'm,  not sure. but the pentamirror is out [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:53+00:00April 10th, 2011|Featured, Medical|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – UP

Another nice simple shot in my series of simple shots together with a simple post! I loved the peeling pain on this switch and the almost monochrome paint colour a lot, the rust breaking through and the shine of the brass switch itself. Click the image for a larger version and full gallery

By |2012-01-07T10:52:53+00:00April 8th, 2011|Featured, Medical|3 Comments

West Park Asylum – Cleanse Me

Another quick post this evening. Here's an image from one of the bathrooms at the asylum. I'm trying to move away from my normal style taking some different images and angles. Its actually very difficult. I'm now really comfortable doing what I do well, so I have to change and try to push myself in [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:54+00:00April 6th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

West Park Asylum – In The Mouths Of Madmen

Although West Park has been mostly cleared of trinkets and other such ornaments there is still the odd thing to be found before the demo teams continue their assault on sturdy Victorian architecture. Here is a knife and spoon, unfortunately the fork was no where to be found. Seeing these made me wonder whose hands [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:54+00:00April 5th, 2011|Featured, Medical|2 Comments

West Park Asylum – Showers

I was surprised to come across the showers in this area of the asylum. Having been there many times before I don't think I've been in this area before. It has what can only be described as paint dripping from the walls. It's probably the most impressive sheeting of emulsion that I've ever seen, the [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:55+00:00April 4th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments

Monday Morning – Sleepy Eyes

Here's an image that I've processed slightly differently to my usual manner. I'm trying to add a little more colour to this one. I've used the cross processing filter in Nik to get a more antique look along with a couple of texture overlays to get the dreamy and slightly sleepy eyed look to the [...]

By |2012-01-07T10:52:55+00:00April 2nd, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Manor House GT – Main Hall

My urbex colleague and I had been planning this one for a couple of weeks. We had originally thought about doing a south coast industrial location, however he wanted to go somewhere totally different as he's a fan of  'old places' . An early start was planned - 4am kick off for the 2 hour [...]

By |2011-02-27T20:59:06+00:00February 27th, 2011|Featured|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

Hellingly Asylum – Upturned

Another bath I'm afraid - I took this one on the previous visit but from another angle - HERE. Again I have used focal point from OnOne to blur the windows and wall to the right. I have little more to say about this image at the moment - its late and I am feeling [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:59:40+00:00February 19th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Disruption

This is a more processed image than my normal work and done with a bit more of a lighter hand. I think it shows that a little more time has been taken over this one compared to the darker images. As the UE specialists will attest - asylums and baths seem to go well together. [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:59:51+00:00February 18th, 2011|Featured, Medical|4 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – No Way Down

This lift has been like this since the start of my visitations at Hellingly - boarded up and with two floors down. I liked the symmetry and know that with decent processing I would be able to bring out the darkness inside the shaft. This is in one of  the blocks still standing and likely [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:59:52+00:00February 17th, 2011|Featured, Medical|6 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Salon Equipment

A Change from the emotional stuff this evening. Viveca an I went and had a look in the only building that is left untouched at Hellingly. I'm not sure what this was originally, I've done a little research but cant see that anyone else has taken images from here. Whilst the main asylum was still [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:59:52+00:00February 16th, 2011|Featured, Medical|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Run Like Hell

This is quite literally the end of Hellingly - the floor finishes here. As the diggers move in I have no doubt that this is now rubble. I'm going back tomorrow for what will most likely be the last time. I think I have documented the asylum almost enough and have pretty much all of [...]

By |2012-01-07T11:59:52+00:00February 12th, 2011|Featured, Medical|5 Comments
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