The Final Cut
Kill Or Cure
A Ghost Of Christmas Past
The Tree House
The Show Must Go On
The Bench Saw Massacre
The Red Carpet
A Mile Too Far
Morning Has Broken
The Heart Of The Home
Mummy Says It Must Be..
The Last Chord
The Red Carpet. Pt.II
What's your poison ?
Just another bedridden case
A Case Of Decay
The morning after the night before
An Appealing Staircase
Twisted FirestarterThe remains of the inside arched hallway and stairs of Hope Castle, a listed building in Co.Monaghan, waiting for someone to save it.
The Final CutTaken in the hairdressers/Barber shop in Pripyat, Chernobyl
Kill Or CureOne of those things I love finding is old bottles and jars with their labels still on, as i find them very interesting especially looking to see if the companies still exist and also selling the same product many years later.
Sew EnergeticSometimes it's the fewest things that you find in abandoned homes and the former colours that can make or break a shot. I did like the label on the older one of the lucozade bottles. Also the old singer base ironwork is a nice design.
A Ghost Of Christmas PastDo you remember what present you had which was the in thing that year. This might have been one of them as this is the Raleigh Budgie, the mini version of the tomahawk and chopper. I wonder if the kids today would still enjoy the toys and bikes we had in our growing up years.
The Tree House
The Show Must Go OnTaken in an abandoned asylum in scotland
The Bench Saw MassacreThese were bench saws before health and safety started, no guard on tor near the cutting blades. I'm sure once you loose a limb or two you'll know not to go near the edge or take a risk again. i've seen many of these left in barns and even some old mills, and i'm sure the blades are still as dangerous on full spin.
Hells KitchenOf the many old residential buildings i've shot over the years, i have seen many old stoves left behind, and from each model you can see how well the family was off, and also what type of stoves where sold and popular in that area.
The Red Carpet
A Mile Too Far
Morning Has BrokenWhen we first visited this church, it was like we had four seasons in one day. This being first light and it draw beautiful light across the floors and walls as the sun rose. but also snowed, hailed, rained and blew all before we were finished capturing our shots. It was nice to see that there was still some pews left and a foot organ in the room off to the right.
Open OpportunitiesThat old saying where one door closes and another opens, well these must have opened many.On most visits to buildings i'm usually lucky to find one or two but on this occasion I found a box full of them, and of various sizes from cabinet to gates im sure. As there was one that was bigger than my hand. (Bottom right)
The Heart Of The Home
Gone RidingWhen we visit properties, I always like to check as much as possible inside and also as much of the outside buildings as possible as there may be something of interest to shoot. In summer when undergrowth is at its highest it can be very difficult. This one the barn was easily entered, which I saw the collapsed bicycle on the wall but could also hear a animal move out back. So i lined up my shot and waited. Just at the right moment a horse peeked his head in to see what was happening. For some reason there's something i really just like about it.
Mummy Says It Must Be..Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick and salty meat extract paste similar to a yeast extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston. It was sold in a distinctive, bulbous brown/dark amber glass jar. I've come across many of these little jars over the years, but when i saw the larger 16oz jar next to the 2 oz and many others in a cupboard, I finally decided to take an image of them, as I liked the way the lids have mostly rusted away and the labels are barely there.
Pail RiderIts not surprising the amount of bicycles that are left behind in abandoned buildings which was yesterday's transport before cars were affordable.
The Last ChordInside the music school of the abandoned city of pripyat from the chernobyl disaster.
Branching OutThis cottage shot was a random find, while driving home one evening, i spotted the gable end poking out above the undergrowth. I stopped and had a look, the building was a complete ruin and heavily overgrown within, but i still worth a shot or two. This was the only one i really liked, but sometimes all it takes is one shot to be the one.
The Red Carpet. Pt.IIOne of the interesting features of a grand house is the staircase, which can be grand and sometimes very ornate or both. This must have been in its day and from what remained looked good with the heavy pillars and handrail. The natural light came from ornate skylights in the upper ceiling and it was the only light within this house as all the rest of the windows and doors was boarded. This in turn made moving about quite dangerous as inside was very damp and slippery from water ingress, as the metal thieves had already been and gone along time ago Since this. This would be the last time i would ever see the remains of this staircase as it and the landing above has disappeared, probably stolen.
Summertime SadnessCan't believe it's the last day of the summer holidays already, Where did the time go, was hoping to get out shooting more this summer but alas that didn't happen. Tho I've a few trips still in the pipeline before the end of this year, and some others planned for next. This house has been on my list for many years and it was one i was glad to see along with many others at the start of summer.
What's your poison ?Strychnine is a highly toxic, colorless, bitter, crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates such as birds and rodents, when inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the eyes or mouth, causes poisoning which results in muscular convulsions and eventually death through asphyxia. The symptoms of poisoning in humans are generally similar to those as in other animals, because the mechanism of action is apparently similar across species. The toxicity of strychnine in humans is not ethically studied, so most information known comes from cases of strychnine poisoning, both unintentional and deliberate. And because strychnine poisoning produces some of the most dramatic and painful symptoms of any known toxic reaction, it is often portrayed in literature and film including authors Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Just another bedridden caseFound this house up in the middle of snowdonia, and it was a trek to get here but worth that effort as this one was still crammed with furniture and also many belongings. When we arrived it was so peaceful and really quiet, it must have also been a hard life during the winter as the surrounding area up in the hills was very barren and isolated, maybe this why other explorers called it The cloud house.
A Case Of DecayThese old travel trucks may have travelled far and wide when in use by its owners. But as all suitcases when not in use they can be found in the attic out of the way till next time of being needed. I was amazed to see that one case still had its key attached. And also thought the one on the right was very elegant and well made looking.
The morning after the night beforeA bread bin filled with andrews liver salts.
Double DingersFrom Sellotape, candle wax and pen erasers how many of you tried to make your eight journey token last that wee bit longer. And as soon as a ticket inspector got on, half the bus emptied at the next stop. And isn't that saying "Will you ding me on" now lost in history. The many challenges of travel on city buses throughout Belfast. What do you remember, and did you double ding ?
An Appealing StaircaseStaircase in the former belvoir park hospital
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