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  1. This place was part of a giant complex where they used to build trains for the national railroad company. Most of the site was already demolished by the time we got here, but the lab itself was still worth the visit. It's been abandoned since 2010, which is sort of surprising, if you look at the amount of decay, but well, I'm not complaining about that at all... Actually took 2 visits to get in. First attempt was on a thursday afternoon. Entered the site, walked to the particular building and said to my girl: "what's that noise?!" Peeked inside the building and got instantly spotted by demolition workers... Took a run and returned a few days later in the weekend. More luck that time. Have to say, definitely worth it... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Thanks for looking!!
  2. Ok, sometimes you pass a location that may not completely deserve a report on it's own, but well, since you're there, you decide to quickly take some snaps. Located only a few hundred meters from "The Chapel" in a tiny village with only 400 people we found this place by accident. A bit of history; In 1744 a wooden church was build for the evangelic community of Alt Jäschwitz. For some reason, in 1842 the wooden church was replaced by a new concrete church and was converted into a Lutheran church. They finished building the new church in 1844. In 1945, after the war, the church was abandoned simply because the Polish people that moved back into this area were catholic and didn't want to pray in a German church. Nowadays it's in a state beyond repair, but some tiny details inside still give you the impression that it once must have been a nice place. It's on the list of monuments in Poland, but it's unlikely it will ever get restored to it's former glory. Below two pictures taken in 1917 & 1919, showing the church and it's former beauty; Ok, definitely not my best set of images, but well, here we go; 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# Thanks for watching!
  3. A state-of-the-art manufacturer of pipes and fittings, once fully owned by the state, went bankrupt under suspicious circumstances, just before it’s 50th birthday. Only a year before the 50th anniversary, the state sold 85% of the shares in the company to a private investment firm for roughly 300K (GBP). (the remaining 15% remained with the state.) Shortly after that, the employees (while enjoying their christmas holiday), received a letter stating the company filled for bankruptcy. Almost 400 workers lost their job and numerous attempts were made to reboot or sell the company. Unfortunately none of them successful. A few years later, questions were raised about the initial transaction, from state to private investor, as the remaining assets of the company were estimated at a total value of 5M (GBP). (Roughly 17x the original investment of the investment firm.) A short while ago, the site has been sold to a new owner and is currently being repurposed/renovated in order to house a production facility for a local company, potentially creating 200 new jobs. Anyhow, enough history for today, so on with the shots; 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Thanks for looking!
  4. Wow! Nice place and super nicely captured!! Stunning shots mate!
  5. Emmm... Huh.. What to say. The first pic made me wanna go in there and explore. After seeing the rest of the set, I'm ready to start scheduling a trip to your side of the pond... This is beyond sweet and awesomeness!!
  6. Damn! Awesomely captured!! Remember when I walked around here and got soo spooked I barely managed to take any quality shot. These really are stunning!!
  7. Wow!! Thanks for the awesome replies guys! Really much appriciated. Hopefully I'll be able to find some time to process more of these places, have a looooot more to come...
  8. Very short explore, as the building was almost completely empty. I ended up with just a few close-ups/details... Used to be a building from the local Antwerp newspaper. It looked like they actually used to press/print the papers there as well, long time ago. Now all remained was a large, very empty machine hall and some offices and remains of the archive. I think the building has shortly been occupied by a local Bank, after the newspaper left. (Based on the 'Bank Antwerp' stickers, all over the place..) Not much more to tell, so on with the picas... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  9. Thanks guys! Agree.. That printing thing was awesome..
  10. Quick report as I don't have any historical info. Fun explore, although got cut a bit short, after being caught, so I need to go back one day to finish it... Secca was really nice. He offered me some coffee and cola, while waiting for the police. Police was less amused and they didn't wanna believe I was there, on my own, just taking pics. Ended up being searched, then my bag + car and finally by the policeman destroying my memory card with his pocket knife, handing the remains to the security guard. Luckily I was shooting on 2 cards simultaneously and I managed to hide 1 of the cards while waiting for police... Having a backup sometimes makes sense. Now, on with the shots; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Cheers for looking!
  11. Wow, just wow!! Nice location and awesomely captured.
  12. Like that a lot! Intro is cute and nicely edited to the music. Appreciate that. Remaining shots are really nicely smooth. Assume you use a slider of some sort? Definitely cool and different way of showing a location. Love that!!
  13. Thanks Guys!! Much appreciated! Agree, destroying of the memory card was way out of line and probably not legal, but at that particular moment I figured; Memory card = 25 euro. Making fuzz and risk being taken to the station and getting a possible fine for being at this location is just not worth it.... (Especially since I knew I had a backup anyway..) Funny thing as the officer also told me to leave Belgium and go back to NL, once they were done searching everything... Right... Drove 10 min to my next location instead. (PS. Apologies for forgetting to add country/date, again... Will remember next time. )
  14. Thanks guys! Much appreciated.. Also, @hamtagger, thanks for cleaning up the flickr links crap... Totally forgot to do that. Will pay more attention next time...
  15. After having been offline for months, it was time to work on some pics again. Yeah, cool… 1 set down. 500+ to go…. Brief history; In 1913 this rather pretty brick church was build. Back in the day it belonged to Russia or Ukraine, not sure. After the 2nd WW, it was given back to Poland and wasn't used as a church after that time. Until 1990 it served it’s purpose as storage space/warehouse and was abandoned after that time, in desperate need for repair. Even though there’s nothing left inside, it was still a nice place to spent an hour and take some snaps. The murals are in exceptional condition, considering it’s been left to rot for many years. Hopefully one day it’ll be restored to its full glory, although I doubt it ever will be. So on with the shots; 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Thanks for looking... Cheers!
  16. Ok, here we go, first post... After an epic fail in May 2012, we decided to do a re-visit in october. Luckily for us, it was accessible again. Let me first start with a bit of the history from this cool place; This classic protestant church has been build between 1796 - 1797 and was designed by Carl Langhans Gottard, who, amongst other things, designed the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The outside of the church is nothing spectacular, but the inside must have been simply amazing; A beautiful alter, white floors, a huge organ, a wooden baptismal font in the middle of the church with a enormous crystal chandelier above it and two huge oval/egg shaped balconies. The church once offered seats to more or less 400 people. Next to the church you'll find a small cemetery... Since 1945 this church hasn't been used anymore for church like activities, due to various reasons; First and foremost, when this church was build, the ground it was standing on belonged to Germany and the people living there were mainly protestant. However, when the 2nd world war ended, this area was given back to Poland and the people who came back to this area were mostly catholic. Due to the different religion and the recent experiences with the Germans, they rather not used any of their churches to pray in and so they build their own. Also, when the first Polish people moved back to this area, they were poor and weren't in need of a protestant church and so it didn't take long before the first graves were opened, looking for anything of value; Skulls with gold teeth, coins, rings, jewelry and so on. The same happened to the church and eventually everything of value was stolen or destroyed... A little later the church has been repurposed as a place to keep the sheep warm and nowadays it's not much more than a complete ruin. Due to the fact that nobody cared to maintain the building, it simply started to fall apart and right now it's in a shape almost beyond repair. (The tower is completely missing, the floors are gone and the roof contains more holes that actual tiles..) The estimated costs to repair the holes in the roof is more or less a million euro and since nobody is willing to pay this, it's unlikely the church will ever be restored to it's former glory. (Even though it's on the "red" list of monuments in Poland.) To show the beauty of this place, here are a few pics of the church, dated 1926; Outside: Inside: Ok, that's it for the history, let's move on to the current state; 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# 16# 17# 18# 19# 20# Thnx for watching!!
  17. Schule d. H. J. or in full: "Schule der Hitler Jugend" Somewhere in the middle of Poland, there's this big piece of land, hidden in the middle of nowhere. It contains a huge palace with park, a chapel, barns & stables, a distillery and a few houses. The palace itself was build around 1900, the distillery and all other buildings are much older… This pic nicely shows the scale of the whole property: (Palace is the building at the left side of the frame...) Just to give you an idea of what the palace once looked like, here are some shots taken shortly before the second world war. [table][tr][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr][/table] Until 1940 the complex was privately owned, however, not by the first owner, as he went missing in 1917 during the first world war… "The Third Reich" then converted the palace into a school for the Hitler Jugend (Hitler's Youth), what many people believed was just a big, fanatic, boy-scout group. [table] [tr][td][/td][td][/td][/tr] [/table] [table] [tr][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr] [/table] The reality was rather different: [table][tr][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr][/table] After the Second World War, the land was given back to Poland, but the palace continued to serve for educational purposes. In the beginning it housed the agricultural school and in the 70s it functioned as an educational institution and trainings centre for mentally disabled children. Which was followed by a school for children with disturbed behavior, which operated in the palace until 1997. Currently the palace itself is left abandoned and some of the other buildings are still being used as houses and farms.. We've only briefly explored the palace and it I have to say it was just soooo sad to see it's current state. Just as a comparison, these are images taken less then 10 years ago: [table][tr][td][/td][td][/td][td][/td][/tr][/table] Ok, enough said.. On with the pic's… 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10#
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  19. Finally back.. Was out for a few month due to some unfortunate events and haven't had much time till now to do cool things. Anyway, finally finding some time again, so started to work on the loads of pics i still have lying around and doing some new explores as well. The pics below are from (a part of) an enormous steel & chemical plant and this building in particular was used for the production of Cyanamid & Calcium Carbide. Most of the factory was build in 1906 and was operational until 2003.. The majority of the buildings have been demolished by now, but the remaining bits are either re-purposed or preserved as national heritage. This one in particular was quite interesting, as it contains 325 big steel ovens and is officially labelled as heritage... Pretty impressive factory, as well as stunning surroundings, as it's located somewhere in a beautiful fjord... Lighting conditions were terrible. Very harsh sunlight outside and very little light inside.. On top of that, it was really rather dirty and tricky to walk in some bits.. (thick layers of very slippery chemicals everywhere on the floors, especially in the basement.. ) Anyway, not my best set, but it was still a fun explore. Ok, on with the shots: 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# Cheers for looking!
  20. Wow! Lovely location and superb set of pic's you've got there!!! Awesome!!
  21. Another old report, since I'm kinda lacking time at the moment to process the remaining 75+ sets I still have lying around... Not sure about the history of the place, but the owner must have been sort of crazy to get his house done in this Egyptian style... Very sad to see this place in this state though... Must have been awesome once. At the moment it's properly protected, as it became cultural heritage in Oct. 2012. Glad I managed to visit this place before then... Anyway. on with the pics; 1# 2# 3# 4# 5# 6# 7# 8# 9# 10# 11# 12# 13# 14# 15# 16# Thanks for watching!!!
  22. Great report and cool pics! The contrast between the demolition works and all stuff inside is awesome!
  23. Excellent set mate!! love how nicely bright and light they are.. Most pics of this place turn out almost black, so definitely a nice different view! Well done. Have to say I also missed the bones. Same story, took the shots I wanted and left... God, that smell..
  24. Thanks very much for all your greatly positive comments! Always nice to hear and I do really appreciate all these replies..