Stoke The Fire
Behind Closed Doors
Green and Yellow
A Window Back In Time
Once Upon A Time
Derby Royal Infirmary
Dismaland was a temporary art project organised by street artist Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Prepared in secret, the pop-up exhibition at the Tropicana, a disused lido, was “a sinister twist on Disneyland” that opened during the weekend of 21 August 2015 and closed permanently on 27 September 2015, 36 days later. Banksy described it as a “family theme park unsuitable for children.”
Derby Royal Infirmary
This hospital attracted a lot of attention from the exploration community and those who are less than desirable to society with extensive evidence of drug abuse happening inside the housing blocks and even the hospital itself.
Backing on to the current, new site of Derby’s hospital, this site had been derelict for 5 years before being demolished in 2015. It provided lots of exciting photos for me, mixing clinical with abandoned in a way that isn’t so common these days.
As this was reasonably close to home, there were many trips here over several months, being able to spend hours exploring the site, picturing what would have been happening in its former glory days was very satisfying. Expanding my exploration experience also led to some clothe-less photos too.
Take a seat
Extending the trip in the Lake District, a last minute visit to Ayrshire occurred one afternoon.
Loudoun Castle Theme Park first opened in 1995. The theme park was the victim of a tragic accident whereby one of its members of staff was fatally injured whilst attempting to fix a stuck car on one of the roller coasters.
Many of the rides are still on the site, it’s a fairly welcoming site, despite its abandonment.
This amazing chateau was a great little stop on my 10 day trip throughout Europe before heading to Ukraine for my third Chernobyl trip.
I had a couple of weeks booked off from work so grabbed my things and jumped in the car. Heading over to Calais before visiting several abandoned Chateau’s and buildings along the way to Poland.
A quick scout from the outside to check the building was indeed derelict, I headed in. There wasn’t much inside, but the decor was pretty and artistic. The walls and ceilings looking sorry for themselves in many places, but had survived the test of time in other areas.
This photo is one of only a handful, but here I feel it is quality over quantity.
The Luka State
Watching my good friends from The Luka State (formerly The Targets) at The Box in Crewe, Cheshire many years back.
The box is an excellent venue, getting fans close to their favourite bands and artists.
This is one of a handful of photos I managed to grab that night, it’s quite a tight venue so getting a good shot can be difficult.
Gigs and music photography is probably one of my most favourable settings for photography. Two of the best past times creatively combined.
There is something special about observing wild animals roaming freely on the land around us.
This horse was spotted on the moors around Powys one day, he was joined by several more who all looked happy and calm, enjoying their freedom from human control.
Luckily, I was carrying my kit in the car and enjoyed this chance to put my Canon 300mm L IS to good use. Keeping me at a distance not to spook the horses but close enough to capture them in detail.
Severalls Asylum. This site is one of a few lovely derelict sites left in the UK now. Surviving the test of time but slowly being reclaimed by nature in many areas.
An Edwardian asylum for patients suffering the effects of mental health issues this site tells its own story. The main building is in a very sorry state of disrepair with the ‘wings’ or out-corridoors in a part derelict, part standing state there were many photo opportunities available to me.
This photo shows one of the patient rooms, a bed and a lovely 3-bay window, missing many of its panes of glass.
This image was taken during an unplanned drive to the Brecon Beacons in search for some time to reflect and think.
Needing to have distance and space from people, society and negativity can inspire creativity. Seeing this armchair on the side of the road wouldn’t normally present an opportunity but when met with a camera, torch and the lights from passing cars it can be turned into a unique capture.