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 [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|Belgium, Blog, Featured, Industrial, Overseas, Panoramas, Urban Exploration|5 Comments

Italian Hospital B – The Last Song

Here's an image fron the reception of an Italian hospital. The hospital itself didn't look as if it had been empty for very long, this part on the other hand was stripped and empty, a little decay was vivible, but the property was watertight so not too dangerous. I heard that a few weeks after [...]

By | August 9th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Medical, Overseas, Urban Exploration|11 Comments

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 | June 7th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Medical, Overseas, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Lavoir à Charbon – Mechanised

The second washerie we went to was a death trap, rusty floors and stairs. However the risk was worth it. The machinery on the top floor was lovely, decaying gracefully. I have no idea what these machines did or how they did it, the paddles look too fragile to actually sort or 'paddle' the coal. [...]

By | May 26th, 2012|Blog, Featured, France, Industrial, Overseas, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Italian Hospital A – Bedlam

High up in the Alps in a small village thee is an abandoned hospital. There are two well known highlights of this location, one is the chapel which is very distinctive, the other is the fact that there are beds remaining in the wards. They've seen better days, but none the less its great to [...]

By | May 17th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Medical, Overseas, Urban Exploration|7 Comments

Hunting Lodge A – Kitchen

There wasn't very much left in this kitchen, a couple of sinks and that was about it. I liked the symmetry again and thought the varying textures and pastel shades on the walls would pop nicely when processed so took a bit of time with this one. Click the image for a slightly larger version [...]

By | May 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

Lavoir à Charbon A – Pincer Action

It wasn't all manor houses and hospitals on our recent tour of Italy. On the way we travelled through France and Luxembourg, stopping off at a rather tasty coke washing plant. This was an interesting one as the site that it is on is live with plenty of people around. thankfully we entered unnoticed and [...]

By | April 20th, 2012|Blog, Featured, France, Industrial, Overseas, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Manor House T – The Chapel

I've been to several large houses in Europe that have chapels attached, nothing quite like this one though. In keeping with the rest of the property the whole room was painted with trompe-l'œil pretty much everything in the image apart from the alter is painted. It's obviously been a long time since the chapel was [...]

By | April 16th, 2012|Blog, Featured, Italy, Overseas, Residential|7 Comments

Hellingly Asylum – Bricks and Mortar

The weather had been inclement throughout the explore and as we exited the main complex of the asylum it started to rain adding to our mood. The destruction of the hall had almost completed and we both knew that within the next week destruction would be complete. Both of us got on with our work [...]

By | March 3rd, 2012|Blog, Featured, Medical, UK, Urban Exploration|3 Comments

Hellingly – Gone But Not Forgotten

Whilst at Viveca's the other day she was looking at her old pictures from Hellingly Asylum, this spurred me to have a look at mine. as this was the first place I went on urbex missions my early  images are almost all rubbish, however its a good testament to my perseverance in the craft of [...]

By | February 29th, 2012|Blog, Explored, Featured, Medical, Street Art, UK, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Image Processing Tutorial

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 [...]

By | February 25th, 2012|., Belgium, Blog, Featured, Industrial, Overseas, Tutorials, Urban Exploration|5 Comments

Wool Grading Sheds – Ironwork

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 [...]

By | January 30th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|5 Comments

Wool Grading – Dodgy Room #2

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 [...]

By | January 24th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|2 Comments

Wool Grading – Two Ways

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 [...]

By | January 19th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

Wool Grading Sheds – The Switch

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 [...]

By | January 17th, 2012|Blog, Devon, Featured, Industrial, UK, Urban Exploration|0 Comments

North Tawton Wool Grading Centre

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 [...]

By | January 5th, 2012|Blog, Featured|2 Comments

Devon – Wool Grading Warehouses

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 [...]

By | December 26th, 2011|Blog, Devon, Featured|3 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 | December 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 | November 17th, 2011|Blog, Featured, Medical|2 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 | September 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 | September 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 | September 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 | September 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 | September 11th, 2011|Belgium, Featured, Industrial|1 Comment

Sheffield Toolmakers – Cubby Holes

The tool makers was covered - wall to wall on all floors with cupboards and cubby holes where product would have been stored. There must have been some very knowledgeable people here who could actually manage to find things quickly.The floor all over is covered in pigeon poo! The image is processed with photomatix for [...]

By | August 17th, 2011|Featured, Industrial, London, Sheffield|2 Comments

Sheffield – Tool Makers

Our trips to Sheffield weren't all hunting for cool graf in the city. We had another location to try and search out. The tool makers was established here in the 1860's and closed around 10 years ago. The owners manufactured tools for cutting of leather and tools for making shoes.   The location was very [...]

By | August 16th, 2011|Featured, Industrial, Sheffield|2 Comments

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 | April 16th, 2011|Featured, Industrial|5 Comments

Pyestock – The Gates Of The River Styx

This evening I though that I'd have a look through some old images from way back when I started in this game. This was my fourth visit to Pyestock. Its the National Gas Turbine Testing Establishment. Pyestock was used to test jet engines from the 1950's onwards. This is thee inside of Cell 3. I [...]

By | April 14th, 2011|Featured, Industrial|11 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 | April 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 | April 8th, 2011|Featured, Medical|3 Comments
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