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  1. This was a completely accidental find, but definitely one that impressed. We had stopped in a little village for a few beers late in the afternoon, and spotted it in the distance. We went to investigate, and after an hour of wondering round outside - trying every window, door and balcony we were about to give up until we found a way in. It seems someone has been keeping an eye on it - security signs everywhere, PIRs inside etc.. and after about 30 seconds of being inside we heard a dreaded alarm. Not wanting to get on the wrong side of the Bulgarian plod we made a quick escape, and after hiding nearby for over half an hour no one had come to check it, and the alarms had stopped. By this point we were losing the light, so a quick browse on Airbnb we'd sorted a room for the night, with the intension to come back the following morning. The following morning come, and we were back - wise and prepared. Someone had been there since we'd left, as there were tyre tracks and a multitude of footprints outside. We made our way in, careful to avoid the sensors and shot all we could without triggering them. It seems this place has been abandoned since 2007, but with way the furniture has been left, fully furnished rooms and running electricity/lights, you'd have thought it closed yesterday! The time come when there was no other way - the ringing of the alarm filled the air as we grabbed the last few shots of this beautifully furnished hotel, before a mad dash back to the car and a rather long drive back to the airport! As always, thanks for looking!
  2. Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria and is 1,432 metres (4,698 feet) high. In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Ottoman Empire. The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party (or informally, the Buzludzha Monument) was built on the peak by the Bulgarian communist regime. It commemorated the events of 1891, when a group of socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement that led to the founding of the Bulgarian Social Democratic Party, a forerunner of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Construction of the monument began on 23 January 1974, under architect Georgi Stoilov: a former mayor of Sofia and co-founder of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria. TNT was used to level the mountain peak into a stable foundation, reducing the mountain's height from 1,441 metres (4,728 feet) to 1,432 metres (4,698 feet). The monument was built at a cost of 14,186,000 leva, which by today's rates is roughly equivalent to $35 million. The monument was opened on 23 August 1981, and since 1989 hasn't been maintained by the Bulgarian Government. We arrived here about lunchtime on a Sunday, and navigating the mountain roads (most of which was spent going sideways round corners in a shitty Renault Clio) we made it and parked up. The trek up is monumental - the snow was several feet deep, and it seemed to go on forever. Eventually we made it, and i'd have done it a thousand times over for the view at the top. It was incredible. We didn't hang around making our way in - externals could be done later, but the main room was what I really wanted. We spent a couple of hours inside, enjoying the views and there was only one thing left - the tower. I done this part solo, and 31 rusty metal ladders later I made it to the top. The view was absolutely breathtaking. It was so peaceful, and after climbing onto a concrete pillar I just sat there for a while - taking in the view. I snapped a few pics and started the climb back down. By the time we made it outside there were some other explorers trying to get in, so after a brief hello and a few externals we started the journey back down. As always, thanks for looking!
  3. Two posts in one night, i hope y'all don't mind! Back to Italy, and this is (albeit slightly repetitive) one for the stair porn lovers! This absolute gem is tucked away in a disused building on a live hospital. After scoping the place out for well over half an hour in the blistering heat we went for the obvious approach. Trying out best to pretend we belonged there (and hiding our tripods) we took a brisk walk through the main gate, occasionally glancing over our shoulders to check security wasn't onto us. After trying our best to avoid staff and look inconspicuous we found ourselves inside, looking for the staircase. We found it, and after a gawping at it's beauty for a few moments we got on with shooting in. Soon enough we finished up and made our escape, before moving onto our camp site for the night. As always, thanks for looking!
  4. After travelling through the night and grabbing a couple of hours kip in a rather dodgy service station car park we arrived at this place for sunrise, and what a lovely relaxed way to kick of the weekend. There wasn't too much inside, but still enough to take a few pictures and have a nice mooch round. We didn't spend too long here, before hitting the road again and moving onto the next derp! As always, thanks for looking!
  5. After a successful visit to Hospital Plaza I was most impressed - I thought it would be the highlight of the weekend, until we visited here. A beautiful church tucked away in a sleepy village somewhere. I'm under the impression it's only been abandoned for a year or two, as it's still in immaculate condition with working electricity. The decor is like nothing I've ever seen in a church before, and the stained glass windows were a work of art. We spent a good hour or two here, before moving onto other places! As always, thanks for looking!
  6. This was our last location on the first day and we were rapidly losing the light, so we wasted no time in getting our gear sorted and looking for a way in.. we couldn't have picked a worse time, as half way over the fence a police car drove past, but luckily after an intense stare off for a few seconds they carried on without asking what we were doing Soon enough we found a way in and the first place we come across was the chapel - it was absolutely insane. We started snapping away and before long the light had diminished and we went about finding a hotel for the night. As always, thanks for looking!
  7. Another stupidly hot day and a long walk up a hill in the wrong direction didn't set us off to a great start, but we persevered and before long we were stood outside this beauty. Another villa in a very sorry state, but it certainly makes for some nice photos As always, thanks for looking!
  8. I'm not trying to be trippy with a codename here.. I just don't know the actual name of this place, so we'll go with Hospital H After a lovely trip to Mr. Kelenfold we looked for other stuff in the area - and with the help of a friend we ended up here. We parked up in a rather busy street, and without looking too suspicious one by one, we slipped through a small gap in the wall. We trekked through the forest until we stumbled upon an array of buildings. The first few we entered were completely cleared - nothing photogenic at all, and it's clear work was in progress. We found a wood chipper with piles and piles of logs near by, so we moved onto the next building. The building itself was lovely, beautiful balconies outside but unfortunately another featureless one. We found the remains of a basketball court that was in a rather sorry state, and then moved onto the final building. It seemed weird there was no security about - despite an obvious looking hut with open doors and a plastic chair outside, and then we spotted him directly. We kept our heads down for a while and before long he'd disappeared again so we carried on. Not wishing to trek back through the forest we looked for an easier way out, although as we emerged from the bushes so did Mr. Security man about 20 foot away, so whats best to do? Run! and so we did - across a cleared area with Mr. Security man in tow, and a rather inelegant jump over the main gate concluded out escape.
  9. This place is more disused than abandoned, but boy was there a story behind it. When it no longer become viable the owner closed down, but instead of selling up for next to nothing he kept it, and leases it out as the odd movie set or model shooting location. It's still got elements of being abandoned - cobwebs here and there and stuff like that. We visited here on the last night of our trip, and along with photographing the hotel we were offered a roof for the night. Guiseppe, the owner, was one of the coolest guys I've met on my travels. He showed us to a room with 4 bunk beds and a nice hot shower - just what you need after 9 days camping! Before long we'd settled down and he showed us to a monumental stash of food, and told us to help ourselves and cook whatever we want on a lovely wood stove. He joined us for a few beers that evening and told us about other explorers who'd come and gone through the hotel. It was really nice to be so welcomed into this guy's home, and if i'm ever passing in the future i'll definitely be stopping by! As always, thanks for looking!
  10. On a rather rushed last day this was our second to last stop. We were instantly eyed up by the residents of the flats opposite, but after a while of milling around trying not to look suspicious they disappeared. It wasn't long before we were inside and it really hit me. Rows and rows of cages lines the walls and the remains of the labs upstairs. It was interesting to shoot, something different - but one I never want to visit again. As always, thanks for looking!
  11. I've been a little bit quiet on the editing front in the last week or two - but i'm back on it now, so here's a beautiful villa from Italy! This was another early morning start but boy was it worth it! We got in whilst it was still dark and chilled out for a bit, before watching the sunrise on the balcony and beginning to shoot. We spent a while here before moving on, so here's some photos.. I did take a million and one photos here but I wasn't happy with most of them - so I hope these will suffice! As always, thanks for looking!
  12. Another beautiful castello on our trip, and one that gave me a lovely unexpected shock. I'd seen pictures of this place - pictures of the hanging giant and i'd wanted to visit for so long. I didn't know what to expect, I didn't recognise the name. After a long search we found a way in, and it was only when we were inside I recognised where we were, and it was an "ohhhhh it's this place" situation. It exceeded my expectations, and I absolutely loved it. We spent so long in here mooching around and searching for the giant, and the reward was definitely worth it when we got there. We'd run out of water and had one bottle of beer between us - so a celebratory drink was gone in seconds when we made it out As always, thanks for looking!