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  1. Poland Repair Facilities (2015)

    I don’t know even how to start. … not because I don’t know what to write but just because there are so many photos from this location that I took. So many buildings I visited that now it’s a bit hard to keep just a logical narration. But I’ll try to do my best. First of all you remember maybe a story about the library, archive, laboratory ? Well if so … this is a part of the story. The industrial complex. Here I will just give you a sneak peek of the best photos I took. Rest can be found on my flicrk/facebook profiles. The repair facilities The industrial repairing complex was established somewhere in 1870 in one of the cities in Poland. It’s first role was to repair different kind of trains and railway vehicles. In the peak moment there was something like 5k or more people working in different repair halls. The terrain is enormous. I knew from a long time that the facilities started to have some financial problems. Bad management led to suspending the activity and the lack of maintenance led to decay. Now the complex is in liquidation and the bankruptcy trustee is trying to get as much money as possible from the buildings. Removing old installation, machines. Now after one year of activity they are slowly starting to remove all valuable that is left. But first things first. I have been vising this location many times during last year. First the building were full of different machines. In some case access to some parts of the complex was impossible at some period of time and because of that some buildings are in better condition. Its still an active place and a visit for a full day is not enough. So what do we have here: The grate tall hall in which they used to dismantle locomotives. Their engines, gear boxes, alternators, and other parts were moved to other halls in the complex. The hall was big and allowed many locomotives to be dismantled at the same time. Somewhere on the other side was the oldest of the buildings. Here the engines were repaired. Not much is left from the infrastructure here because this one was really close to the fence and different scrap collectors could break in. Even now scrap metal collectors try to enter and remove any kind of metal that is still available for them. The security doesn’t care here that much anymore. There is not that much left anyway. When the first hall was big and enormous this one is just … antique. All those pillars supporting the roof. What I liked most is the color of the walls and different stairs to the top floor of the hall. There were also many offices here. Bathrooms, changing rooms for workers. Maybe those are not that much divested as the main halls But the best that you could see was in the middle of the industrial complex. One big hall in which they used to repair diesel locomotives. It was used till the same end. It was really hard to get in and at that point when I have seen it for the first time was full of all the goods you could think of. And now … this is just a glimpse of its greatness. The hall was composed of … 3 regions. Office part (not covered here – maybe I’ll make a separate post once, workshops and big dismantling part. So … the first one I saw was the Big dismantling part: Just enormous in size. You could put 5 football fields in this one with ease. All this machines, part on the floor. All was in such condition as if they were hoping to turn it back on just within days And then there was a workshop part. Here it became a bit tricky. Someone noticed the potential and wanted to get some money out from those machines. Also enormous in size (length). The workshops speeded for almost one kilometer. And here … there were all the goods: Someone started to collect all the valuable things … Some machines were used till the late end of the factory/repair facilities …. So this is just a glimpse. If you want more you would have to dig into my facebook fanpage or flickr profile. There is still a lot to cover and still a lot of photos that need to be developed and posted.
  2. UK Midland Bank Headquarters, London - September 2014

    and there is a vault ... amazing.
  3. Poland The Laboratory - 2015

    The albums have been updated with not-published so far photos. In few days I will revisit this location and I will try to share whats left of it. For the moment complete album from this place can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.431498233679693.1073741935.259122794250572&type=1 or with better quality: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5KVdAc
  4. Poland Oil Power Plant - July 2015

    “This one will be something different than you might except†We found this location from the road. Tall chimney looming from the distance. In an area where only fields could be seen such structure makes you wonder what it really is. Since I was the driver I made a short decision. We have to check it out even if we had some plans already. Driving through wheat fields we reached some kind of industrial complex. We could notice that now most of the building were in use by some small companies that were using old production halls. Later searching the web I discovered that all those structures were once occupied by a flax processing plant / linen factory. Passing by all those adapted buildings we reached our destination – that tall chimney. It was located just in the center of the industrial complex. From outside it looked like an power plant/boiler. Later it turned out it served exactly this type of function. Building made out of red brick. Same with the chimney. Built by the Germans (during WWII) in 1942. Once it used to serve as power/heat source for all production halls. Since the factory has been liquidated and all production halls are now used by small companies the factory complex is open (I could park my car just next to the building). The power/heat is not needed anymore and from outside it looked that the power plant is shut off. We had a bit of difficulties to get in. Big steel door locked tight from any direction. Finally we found one sliding door which base could be moved and we were able to enter crawling on our bellies. First we entered the basement (not really interesting, lot of dust, dark space under the big hall in which there were furnaces). Finally we found the stairs and we entered the main hall of the power plant. The main instruments generating power had to be decommissioned/sold/removed. There was just the space, smell of motor oil. We found a small control room, engineer quarters. The inside of the building was interesting from the architectural point of view. There was also the hum of a transformer. One door was closed and we could guess that the power had to be switched here somehow – coming from some more modern power plant. Here the story could end and in general I wouldn’t even bother to share those picture I made back then here. But … there is another end to the story. We re-visited that place after one month. It turned out that 20 days later after our first visit someone started a fire in that place. Since there was still a lot of metal that could be salvaged someone tried to use some kind of torch. There was still a lot of the oil in the basement of the building. It lit up like a match. In the end 26 fire fighter units had to come to put the fire down. And so … this is what is left. If you have been in an abandoned structure you might know how it looks … have you revisited a structure after a massive fire ? Unfortunately a massive storm was coming when we revisited this place and I was unable to get exactly same angles of the shots .. but it will give you an idea anyway. The main hall – it used to host electric generators and after the fire On the right from the main hall there was a door. Behind it a stairs leading towards the engineer quarters And after it burned down An electric switchboard with all the gauges and controllers still feeding the power from the transformer and after the fire There was a small engineer room included in the main hall After the fire there is not much left from it The main from another angle looked like this. Door on the right open to another Hall in which there used to be furnaces but after the fire … its something totally different A big valve was still there before the fire but now and … of course … now there is no roof. Soon there will be trees growing here It seems we were the last people to immortalize this structure before the fire. Sad part it could be adapted somehow. Now … it will just decay. If you want to be more up to date with my finds or you want to see more photos (I dont share them all here for obvious reasons) visit my flickr or fb page.
  5. Belgium Hospital exodus - 2015

    so it is closed/abandoned but there is electricity ... how come ?
  6. Poland The Laboratory - 2015

    ‘But it was just a part of the story…’ This story starts in the point where the last one (http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/9412-The-Library-and-Forbidden-Archive-July-2015) ended … more or less. It is again the same winter Sunday or Saturday … (don’t remember now maybe it was the 7th or 8th of February 2015 - the photos come from much wider range of time), the day when we reached that location for the first time. It is the day in which we reached the top floor of the building and we discovered the library, reading room, project/drawing rooms and archive. But now … there was something more. We are standing on a dark corridor (me and my two friends). Standing in front of a door. It seemed that this door led to another part of the building. From satellite pictures we could guess that we were just in ½ of the length of the building. There had to be another part of the corridor behind the door and some other unexplored room. After what we saw already we had to get in. The door was two sided, wooden, quite massive. On the left side there used to be a window with an windowsill. Now the window was sealed with a massive plank attached by nine or ten inch nails. There was no door handle on the door (someone just removed the old one). It was quite obvious that someone wanted to sell-off that part with a lot of effort. We could also notice that the lock in the door was closed from inside and the keyhole (of quite modern lock was damaged). At some point we wanted to give up, At that point it took us almost an hour to find a way to enter. The door was wooden but because of all the moisture the wood on the outside was soft. After some time we could see the deadbolt. Luckly the lock was old, the deadbolt was not locked in a fixed position and we could move it back. Than we used that door handle I found, located its bolt in the hole. This allowed us to move the latch bolt back. Now we needed just a bit of leaver to move the door. Because of all the moisture it was just a bit of stuck. Maybe after more than an hour we could get inside. It was something we couldn’t except from outside. Something we were not anticipating to see in such building. There was a scent. Chemical, unpleasant scent. We were entering a long abandoned laboratory. What we discovered was a set of different rooms connected with one corridor. On the left there was a small social room. Items scattered around here and there. It all looked as if no one moved it from long time. Everything just as if left in a hurry. Back to the main hall. A door on the right. A small board with a sign ‘Angle measurement’ I remember Iv entered a quite big room. First what I noticed just made my feet soft. All this equipment, wasted, rusting, forgotten. How much of state money had to be here in this building … A meeting room by which we I could enter another room (here visible on the left). Inside different measuring tools. Everything just as left a decade ago. Ducktape, stamples, rubber stamp, pens, typing machines, phones …. There was also a lot of different documents, furniture, wet, now a bit rotting. All the tools covered with rust. But of course what was most important (for us) everything was not moved here since the workers abandoned this place. There was no dust holes, no footprints. No signs of activity of any visitors. Just the sign of time. And as in the library/archive/reading room because it was the last floor we could see that there was water dripping through the ceiling. Someone tried to place some kind of containers for water but without maintenance … But until then we didn’t found the source of that chemical scent. We had to go a bit deep in to the unknown. Next door on our right. The scent became almost unbearable. Now we started to get to the source. First a chemical storage room. Water dripping through the ceiling, chemical moist in the air. Some of the older containers broken with their insiders on the floor. As a graduate of biotech I decided that there is not much health risk and that we can proceed. We found a fool scale chemical laboratory Chemical glasses still on the benches, full with different content. Acid that was mixing with the air made its job allowing everything to corrode even faster. What was mostly stunning is that if any one of use moved an object we could already see it. A white patch, free of dust. It had to be a decade since no one visited this place. Everything as if the time had stopped. Objects, equipment waiting to be sued again … What made me almost cry are those high sensitive scales that had to be really expensive at some time. We were able to find a lot of things there. Old documents, photos of workers, undeveloped films. Some of those things could be saved. And again there were some many details. So many things that just standing there made my head hurt. I remember that when I came that day back to home I was totally exhausted. The amount of frames, details that this location had to offer was mind blowing. At that point we decided not to publish any photos. We wanted to gather as much material from this place as possible. We wanted to record it, film it in the state we discovered it that day. It was a long and hard work … And now … This is a taste a things to come https://vimeo.com/124396935 When it’s done .. you will know As the last time more photos can be seen in following albums: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126529380@N08/sets/72157651170444730 https://www.flickr.com/photos/126529380@N08/sets/72157649023177383
  7. UK The Heron House..Norfolk July 2015

    wow, fantastic content. Love to find something like this here in Poland ... but Im afraid its almost impossible
  8. Poland The Library and Forbidden Archive - July 2015

    Additionally you can also visit a fanpage of mine friend https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.545240718912974.1073741878.495572517213128&type=3 He is doing black and white and you can see how that place looked at a time when there were still no visitors
  9. Belgium Black Gold District - 2015

    love the space fantastic rusty decay !
  10. Poland The Library and Forbidden Archive - July 2015

    As you already know Marcin after making this place more or less public the location went to wrong place. To much people started to visit it and in the end even the scrap metal collectors got interested. I haven't been there since few months already (have to go there and check again), but what I see from photos here and there ... the location is really the shadow of the place I used to know
  11. (it will be my first ... so lets make it with quality) The archive and forgotten library It was a cold winter day. Because of the short day I decided to meet with my friends and explore some local industrial zone. We were vising it since few weeks already. Building after building. Because the place was guarded (it still is) we were not in the hurry. Sometimes entering different buildings took us some time because the entrance was not that obvious. Once in we had a lot of time to document what we will find. Little that we know what awaited us that day particular day. In some way we were not expecting anything interesting. We already knew that most of the buildings are just pure industrial/production halls. That day we decided to enter one inconspicuous three floored building. Since it was quite close to the guards office we didn’t wanted to risk. With all caution we tried to find some entrance to that building. Nothing. With all the desperation we tried the windows. At some point one window at the height of 2 meters gave in (we didn’t brake it, it just opened). We entered the building. Usually when you are inside you are safe from the guards but since we didn’t know what expect we were still careful. First we found a view that was just expected. Raw, industrial. A corridor that opened to a small hall and some workshops. Since the building was three floored we wanted to see what is upstairs. We found a staircase and started to climb the stairs. From old stained by dust windows we could see guards patrolling the area. Soo lucky we were inside. After we reached the top floor we noticed that the place looks like there was no one since a long time. Dust, no foot prints, a grating door closed by a rusty padlock. Since it was the top floor we could see that the water was leaking through the ceiling. Now we noticed that not just the padlock is rusty but the grating itself also. With just a bit of force it gave in … giving us just enough space to enter. Another corridor and then … room after room we noticed where we are. First what I have noticed was a reading room. Desks and chairs not moved since long time. No footprints. Just next to it a library. Books wet with water dripping through the ceiling. I could notice that someone tried to save those books by covering the bookshelves with some kind of foil. The efforts went in vein. Books covered with fungi, wet, decaying. Moving on to another rooms we noticed that its not just the library and the reading room here. First empty rooms filled with decaying documents Someone tried to stock them up, maybe to move them away/save them. In the end they just started to rot. Moving on we discovered what were those documents and where did they came from. The library and reading room were attached to project rooms. Once fantastic now … At the end of the corridor we found an archive. A place where all those documents were stored in the most proper way. There were two type of archive rooms. One old archive with old wooden furniture. Containing different plans and graphs, projects of the things produced in the industrial zone. There was also more modern part of the archive. This time more steel/aluminum In the end we were vising this single location for almost 2 months. Every Sunday or Saturday checking all the details, gathering photographic material. Unfortunately such places can’t be a secret forever. Since the moment other local explorers found it location it started to decay even faster. More (best photos selected) from this location can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126529380@N08/sets/72157650551638208/with/16993743615/ … and if you want you can also check my fb … https://www.facebook.com/HDReverywhere


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