Inspiration????

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by ahuyevshi, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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  2. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Wow... these are great... Some of them are film right???? Intense colors
     
  3. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    None of the ones I listed are film, I believe most of the ones I listed where shot with my old Leica D-Lux4. Some of the older archives in my only-photos site will have been film, but not many (I didnt stay with film long).
     
  4. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Very nice indeed - I only have a minute now to take a quick look but am subscribing to this thread, so I can find my way back in!
     
  5. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    This is one I took at Jacobs Tools and I took it for the wife who is addicted to cleaning. Even she said that place was too dirty for her to clean.

    [​IMG]

    Full Set of Jacobs here - http://www.only-photos.co.uk/?folder=content/Decay in the UK/Jacobs Manufacturing/LR-1010025.jpg
     
  6. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    And this one from St. Johns Asylum, if you look at the ceiling closely, the honeycomb was in all the walls and ceilings and was designed to dumb down any "noise" from the Asylum.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Wow... and to think I sold my Dlux4 ;)
     
  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Great ones...but that asylum detail...those are the ones that really make me sad for what the people had to go through.
     
  9. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    Yes, its a very eary place thats for sure, in particular the stage when I walked into that great hall you can almost hear the laughter that must have gone on with the only entertainment there was.

    Whats incredibly sad is you will see a kids ward, now to me that was fairly sickining.
     
  10. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    I'm sure you're not exaggerating at all. Unfortunately similar places still exist.

    Be that as it may, I do like abandoned buildings...and plan to check out your photos as well as the link that ahuyevshi posted as well.
     
  11. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    I need a month off to go take some pictures.. F my day job
     
  12. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member Charter Member

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    If only I could, I would too!
     
  13. ahuyevshi

    ahuyevshi Mu-43 Veteran

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    Bb not sure how far you are from rockland bbut the old psych center is abandoned
     
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  14. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

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    I do feel a duty of care to warn of potential problems when "urbexing".

    You must go in with your eyes open so to speak and be prepared for anything, I would NEVER go anywhere alone, as you just dont know what dangers are lurking.

    1. The obvious is other people, down and outs, druggies etc.
    2. The physical state of a building can be leathal, watch where you step (and where thick soles)
    3. Aspestos is a killer! I always have masks and gloves when I go into places like this, and also "bird doings" can also be very very very nasty.

    Make sure you take torches, charged mobile phones, first aid etc, and always always let someone know where you are and when to expect back.

    In the UK, there are laws about entering places like these, however this is limited to trespass, which if asked to leave - leave. I am sure this board does not condone the breaking of laws!

    There is a goldern rule to urbexing, "take nothing by photos, and leave nothing but foot prints". Urbexing is documenting decay - may of the photos you see on my site is the only place you will see them now, as many of the buildings you see no longer exist!.
     
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  15. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    All good to see written down, Craig - thank you for this.

    I would probably not have thought about the Asbestos (how we here in the states spell it) but I certainly never would go into any place like this alone. Sad to say but one does have to think about all of these things and it's best to be reminded of them, that's for sure.
     
  16. hohoho

    hohoho Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    Sage advice there. I quote that website:

    Here in Japan the genre of abandoned factory/hotel/motel/bus/railway/mine has been done to death, and then flogged, and then flogged some more, and then reflogged. At least one of the major practitioners has written a guidebook to the best sites. "Gunkanjima" (photography-deficient Wikipedia write-up here) is itself an industry within this. The best photographs of Gunkanjima (starting at least half a century ago, with Narahara Ikkō and others workin there when it was still populated) are definitely worth looking at -- I possess two photobooks of the place myself -- but the instant pathos of the later work starts to grate and to remind me of those war photos one used to see that just happened to have a one-legged doll lying atop a pile of rubble. (Was there a company in Hong Kong churning out one-legged dolls to fit in the camera bags of ho-hum war photographers?)

    By contrast, this website does it well.

    All the same, I think I prefer photos showing some life.