Urban Exploration

UE Magazine, Issue 1

UE Magazine, Issue 1

I am a member of the UE Magazine online community, where urban explorers can share images and stories of their adventures, and meet like-minded people from around the world.  In November 2011, around Thanksgiving,  I entered a few photos for the First Annual Turkey Shoot Explorers Contest, which was for best shots of a residential/house […]


UrbEx Cathedral

UrbEx Cathedral

The the pipes next to the control room at ECVB abandoned powerstation. Not much to say about this one, except that I wanted to make the image my own in terms of style, and for it to be a bit different from the others out there. Large scale is not really my ‘thing’, I always […]


The Museum

The Museum

Here I am in a borrowed hard hat at the museum attached to the abandoned ECVB powerplant in Belgium.  It was completely un-vandalised which was refreshing to witness, and all the crumbliness around me was simply the gradual and inevitable decay of a derelict building just giving in the the advances of time.  I’m not […]


ECVB – Abandoned Belgian Powerplant

ECVB - Abandoned Belgian Powerplant

A more traditional shot from ECVB abandoned powerplant in Belgium, in that it is large-scale, features a turbine and looks properly ‘industrial’.  The turbine hall was massive and difficult to photograph in a way that did justice to the scale of the place, and I did take a couple of panoramas with my 16mm fish […]


Books From Boxes

Books From Boxes

Here’s the first one from my visit to ECVB powerplant in Belgium with Mark last month, and not the shot that most people would take while they are there but those of you that know me will understand that this is more ‘up my street’ than the ‘big industrial’ shots. Of course, I do have […]


Asylum Children’s Ward

Asylum Children's Ward

This image from West Park Asylum is actually two images stitched together, although they weren’t shot as a panorama at the time.  The first photo included the window, wheelchair and part of the corridor, but it was missing the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck murals which were set slightly behind me.  After reviewing this initial […]


Double Century

Double Century

This was taken in March at Manor House ‘B’ in Norfolk, in the very dilapidated kitchen.  I loved the cool winter light illuminating the green bottles, to form this grubby still life where the mice would surely feel at home…. This is two shots blended using layers and masks in Photoshop, one exposed for the […]


Two Mirrors

Two Mirrors

Shot at the wonderful and fascinating abandoned toolmakers in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, I was immediately drawn to this pair of windows with the grubby lace curtain reflected in the mirror lying on its’ side, and by the other objects scattered here, bathed in subtle light from the muted sky. The central mirror in which I […]


More Phelgm in Sheffield

More Phelgm in Sheffield

Some more work from Phlegm from the first weekend, shot in the burnt out sports hall which featured three of his massive pieces.  This one was floor to ceiling, making full use of the space available, and obviously far taller than me.  In this regard, I was pleased that I had hefted along my 70-200 […]


Phlegm in Sheffield

Phlegm in Sheffield

More work from the wonderfully imaginative Phlegm, all shot in the same abandoned building in Sheffield, a rotting hulk with lethal floors and bare-boned ceilings, looking as if they would shed metal and tiles on our heads at any moment.  I have used various filters and textures here to enhance the work and to contribute […]


Strange Creatures

Strange Creatures

This building was potentially tricky to get into, as it had been very thoroughly boarded up and there was no possibility of getting in through a window or door.  However, thanks to Mark’s excellent folding ladder we were able to gain access through the open roof space, in order to photograph these pieces by Faunagraphic […]


Rocket01

Rocket01

  These are photos of work by Rocket01, whose talent speaks for itself and needs no further input from me …… Also a little input from Faunagraphic in the top photograph as well. Shot in abandoned buildings in Sheffield, South Yorkshire at the weekend.


I See You

I See You

I hate it when this happens – I cannot decide between these two slightly differently processed photographs which one I prefer or which one is better – the darker and more moody version with the emphasis on the painting, or the brighter one that shows up more of those tasty textures?  I would welcome any thoughts […]


Riding to Nowhere

Riding to Nowhere

This was taken in the final location of our day trip to Sheffield, in a rather lethal building with rotten floors that felt squishy underfoot, but worth the danger as it was full of wonderful work from Phlegm, who had obviously had plenty of time to work undisturbed.  Mark and I have our joint photography […]


Procession

Procession

Mark and I went up to Sheffield in South Yorkshire at the weekend, to find and photograph street art in the area, following information on locations from our friend Romanywg (author of this fabulous book on the subject).   We braced ourselves to get up very early on Sunday morning to make the three and a […]


Take Me Down

Take Me Down

Another older image from Talgarth Asylum.  Was initially a bit disenchanted with this image when I created it, but a couple of days later it looks okay, if not particularly exciting.  I’m finding it really hard to be creative at the moment, and not at all inclined to take new photographs, which is why I […]


Desolation Echoes

Desolation Echoes

This is quite an old photograph taken at Talgarth Asylum in Wales during January 2010. It was very cold and incredibly damp in there – I don’t think I had ever been anywhere so resolutely soggy – and everything was warping, cracking, peeling, mouldering and rotting, including this magnificent old instrument that was simply left […]


Padded Hell

Padded Hell

This is an image I created a couple of months ago, but at the time it didn’t pass my high ‘quality control’ standards, not quite coming together in the way that I envisioned, and was in any case feeling too down about my work to believe that it had any potential whatsoever. Today decided that […]


Play With Me

Play With Me

It’s been a while since I posted anything here, still struggling with creativity and low mood, now at the stage where I think everything I do is not good enough, and never will be. Hmmmm – not a very good place to be, hoping it won’t be too long before it all comes back and […]


Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Been absent from here for a while – I was becoming disheartened with my work which was leading to Serious Gloom, and really needed a break from the computer – still feeling this way to be honest, but felt it was important to try working on an image and getting it posted. So not really […]


Documents From Another Era

Documents From Another Era

One of the things that was so interesting about Manor House B were the amount of personal objects still remaining there, such as these antique documents lying on the table in the living room – money orders for one penny, newspapers, an AGM report for the Indian Railway Company dated 1873, and even a handwritten letter to someone […]


One Room, Three Floors

One Room, Three Floors

Manor House B, showing the kitchen and the lovely view all the way up to the third floor!  Mark and I were quite possibly taking our lives into our hands even entering this building, but we were both extra vigilant and took a lot of care as we moved about the house.  It was sad […]


Long Way Down

Long Way Down

This shows the staircase at Manor House B – or rather what’s left of it – we had to use the ladder (found by Mark in a side room) to ascend to the next floors up.  I loved the symmetry of this scene, and the way the light came in from the doorway on the […]


What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

The view from the top floor at Manor House B, all the way to the ground floor without having to use the stairs! A poor quality roof repair which failed some years ago led to disasterous water damage to part of the house, including the collapse of sections of the second floor, and the current owner […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...