Posts Tagged ‘Textures’

The Cubbyholes of my Mind

The Cubbyholes of my Mind

  Trying something a little different here, in that I have taken a photo from the recent explore at the abandoned toolmakers in Sheffield and combined it with an older photograph of myself from the bandaged head series (used to create The Trick is to Keep Breathing).  I was aiming for something vaguely disturbing and […]


Royal Photographic Society International Projected Image Exhibition 2011

Royal Photographic Society International Projected Image Exhibition 2011

After my success last year in getting my photograph ‘Beauty Ensnared’ accepted for the prestigious Royal Photographic Society International Projected Image Exhibition, I have again entered four images into the General Digital category in the hope of getting one accepted for the show. The exhibition tours the UK and Ireland, and is open to photographers from all around […]


Balloons Ancient and Modern

Balloons Ancient and Modern

Had lunch with my Mum today, and she showed me her recently compiled album of vintage postcards, all of which were from the Isle of Man.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I came across the one below, of two Victorian ladies posing in a resigned but not altogether grumpy fashion in a fabulous propellered […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Dreamscape

Dreamscape

Manor House B, hidden in the heart of the countryside, slowly falling apart through total neglect. This is one of the rooms on the middle floor, where the decay is not quite so extensive i.e. there is still a floor that’s just about safe enough to walk on, but I could see that it would only […]


Emily / Viveca – How I Created a Vintage Portrait of Myself

Emily / Viveca - How I Created a Vintage Portrait of Myself

This is one that I did a while back but I thought it was worth writing about the technique I used to create this image. Emily was a relative of mine on my Mother’s side of the family, and I liked this portrait of her looking ever so slightly self-conscious, which is how I usually […]


Suffer Little Children

Suffer Little Children

The children’s wards at West Park Asylum, every corridor and room is painted with bright and cheerful murals of favourite characters from fiction and film, now peeling and flaking into dust.  Labels with the names of children are attached to the wall on the left here, did these once indicate to whom these rooms belonged? […]


Tread Softly

Tread Softly

Really frustrated with WordPress at the moment.  After upgrading to the latest version 3.1, I now find that I cannot edit the images that I post here, which normally entails making them the right size and opening my website in a new window.  Have looked on the WP Forum, it would appear that others are […]


West Park Revisited

West Park Revisited

For the second of our weekend UrbEx outings last weekend, Mark and revisited West Park Asylum. He recently went back there with Jeremy, but I hadn’t been since October 2009 so was expecting to see quite a lot of changes. The first was a high green hoarding around the site, so the previous way in […]


Self Assigned Penance

Self Assigned Penance

Mark and I visited a new location yesterday, a bit of a drive from London but well worth the effort.  This abandoned manor house is in the heart of the countryside, although quite close to an inhabited house, and there was a caravan in the back garden that looked inhabited to me (the net curtains […]


A Blindness That Touches Perfection

A Blindness That Touches Perfection

This was taken in the smaller building on the opposite side of the road from the main asylum complex at Hellingly, and was possibly some kind of admin building.  There was not much left inside bar a few battered chairs and some tables, but oddly there were some shoes in two locations.  I liked this chair […]


Once More Unto the Breach

Once More Unto the Breach

A different view of the newly demolished hall at Hellingly Asylum.  This is a four shot pano of what was once the stage, where a week previously I took this multiplicity shot of  Mark and me, and you can see the green/blue/white artwork by t.wat in both photographs.  The title for this image comes from […]


A Room With A Dog

A Room With A Dog

When I saw this scene, I felt that it had the look of a painted scene, extending beyond the actual reality of the painted dog by artist Luke Da Duke into something unreal, almost like a doll’s house. I set about deliberately photographing it in a very precise way, keeping all the lines as straight […]

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