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  1. Amy's Winehouse - visited december 2014 Especially for you, my UK-friends: Amy's Winehouse! No report about the queen of soul though, rather about the queen of French industrial decay. Once upon a time these winehouses were used to preserve wine before consumption. It has a pretty rare and unique architecture, looks a bit like a prison, to keep wine instead of people. This was our third attempt, driving all the way down to shoot this one. First time we didn't get in, second time we even got caught before we made it to the building itself. So this time: a lot of euforia when we finally made the inside. We had to wait a little hour before sunrise, and saw the building slowly awaken Still pretty dark inthere, and a bit fuzzy of all the birdshit, we took out our tripots and camera's. Such a beauty!!! I love this place a lot... too bad it's so hard, tricky and dangerous to get inside. Such a pitty there ain't no possible entry anymore for the moment. On the other hand, when the opportunity arises again, I would love to do a revisit! Cheers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  2. oh yes... so sweet!!!! Stands on my list for ages! Awesome shots man, nailed that one for sure!
  3. Manicomio di R - visited may 2015 Manicomio di R, one of the most precious and famous asylums in Italy So this one we had to do, and we did... for like 20 minutes :-( We decided to do the underground-route because that was the 'most unseen' one. Once on groundfloor, we were welcomed in the very nice corridors. I wanted those corridors since a long time, so I couldn't wait to do this shot. Unfortunately, 20 minutes later, two men in very cool uniforms stood in the hallway: carabinieri! Not smiling at all, also the farmer (owner/guard/I have no idea) wasn't amused with our visit. they told us some old folks saw us getting in, and called them up. Lucky one: the carabinieri spoke a bit english, we could make ourselfs a bit understandable what we were doing. We had to leave immediately, off course, so we came back in that park-area... 5 or 6 grandpa's and granny's were looking at us coming out the building, thet looked like we were some kind of scum. They even closed the frontgates of the park, to make sure we couldn't escape. We all had to give our ID-cards and domestic details. This time, it was a warning, next time it will be court... so they told us. This is one of the most beautiful decayed asylums I've ever tasted, Oh I will have my vengeance on this one! Here the only shots I could make of this amazing location, at least I have a pic of the cool corridors I wished for, but thats all... be careful what you wish for, God can be a funny guy I guess :-) 1. 2. 3.
  4. thanks, I'll do my best ;-) You've done some awesome stuff too man... and a really adore that Royalty cinema you shot!
  5. great man! Let me know when you're in the neighbourhood or if I can help you out with something, cheers
  6. Knitwear Factory - may 2015 This knitwear factory is my personal number one during our six day italian tour. Actually, it even was one of the big reasons making the choice to explore this country this time. And believe me, my friends... I am really not that big of a religious person, but boy I have prayed all the gods and saints, getting the chance to shoot this location. And it was like expected, hoped and wished one of the most beautiful factories in general I have ever explored. To be honest, i did experienced this as a difficult one to shoot... I noticed there was a lot of choas in backgrounds and sometimes it was hard to make a decent point of view and compositions, especially to get some overview images. The first 15 minutes I was inthere, I was too euforic and amazed anyway. I even didn't rush to take my camera out, just enjoying the view, smelling the atmosphere, fantasising of how it once was when it was still running. Enjoying its natural beauty through my eyes without a lens. Absolutely fabulous: it still looked like nothing had been moved or manipulated since its closing, no trash, no vandalism, no graffiti,... only natural decay. Even the machines still looked ready for use, a perfect scenery. For me, this one was 100% hardcore urbexporn. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
  7. Dark School of Music - May 2015 Besides transport and industry, I have a huge public building-fetish... in particular theaters, prisons and schools We heard this Dark School of Music was a tricky one, but this one had to be on our sensors, so we planned to do this one before sunrise. Way too excited on the evening before our visit, we couldn't help it to drive by on our way to the hotel nearby. You know, just to scout the neighbourhood, check the entry, stop the craving a bit... It was raining Niagara falls, not the weather you expect in Italy, so we drove up the car to the little parking lot in front of the school, just to turn the car and fake like we had made a wrong direction. Only 30 seconds, and already a neighbour came outside, standing on his porch in his bathrobe, staring with that "I am watching you fuckers, you are not welcome here"-look. In a bathrobe, almost standing in heavy rain... yes sir, this is an act of dedication, this clearly was not the best way to go, or to park our car. So like usual we played out our "GPS-trickcard": The one on the wheel plays pretentiously with the GPS, while the rest of us looks around how we could access the place. After 2 or 3 minutes, we took off to the hotel. Checking Google earth in our room, we found another place to park the car and get around the few houses next to the school. Better safe than sorry. So D-day started with a surprise, it all looked pretty easy on Google earth, but damn, I wish the next upgrade has altitude lines! Up and down hill, trees, stones and even a small river: fucking Bear Grylls style offroad-path :-) In heavy rain we reached the school from his other side, one last climb and we got in, soaked but unseen. This school is huge and in more or less , a few kids seem to have been playing around making tripwires with thin wool wires and placing empty bottles everywhere under windows, behind corners, on stairs. Some spaces were nice, other were kind of messy. Highlights were the music class, the auditorium and the big chapel. Oh, and about the DARK adjective in the name... it is an understatement, especially in bad weather. Besides the chapels, I had to shoot everything in BULB-mode! Cheers 1. Music Class 2. Auditorium stage view 3. Auditorium public view 4. Big Chapel 5. Little Chapel
  8. Likewise Tracy! If you need any help exploring Antwerp area... don't hesitate to contact me ;-) cheers
  9. A's and B's Niels... which ones were your top 3 favourites? Mine, of the whole tour: knitware factory, decayed grandeur and dark school of music cheers
  10. Terracotta Army - Visited may 23th 2015 5:30, Oh sh*t this was early, again, and on the last day of our first italian tour... So off course we had a few gins and beers the other night, more than usual for celebrating the last night together with the four of us. Everything went a bit slower, but hey, the last day... we still had enough energy to pop some beauties before taking the bird back to belgium. The 6th day, The 6th time to get up at fucking half 6 o'clock Oh yeah, the numbers were good to start off, visiting an army, of sinks! Like planned we had to visit this one early, so we booked a B&B closeby. We scouted the entry the day before, so we were pretty prepared to do this one quick, quiet and unseen. When we got in, first a bit panic... because in the first part we came, everything was smashed on the floor. At the next corner on our left side, the army welcomed us! BTW... Going early paid off, when we got back on the streets, there was starting a lot of activity, so the early visit was worth the headache! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  11. Hello I'm kind of a forum-noob, but this platform-thing looks very interesting, we will get to know each other better soon I hope :-) I follow oblivionstate a lot on facebook, and so now it seems I washed up on this wasteland-paradise between you other decay-fetishists So thank you skeleton key for inviting me over ;-) OK, so hi, I am Jef Peeters, 33 years old and living in Antwerp, Belgium. Hooray: land of beer, city of diamonds (and I do refer to "Chambre De Commerce" rather than the pointy chrystal rocks) I normally speak dutch, so apologies for the grammar and writing-champions among you brothers and sisters... I will do my best, but honestly I have a lack on grammar anyway I am "urbexing", as in exploring with a photocamera, for five years now. Started with a Nikon D40 for some time, now shooting with good old Nikon D7000, and planning to get an FX... a Nikon D750, or the giant leap to Canon, I don't know yet. In five years exploring, I have done some nice adventures. In Belgium off course, but I do like to go abroad: Netherlands, Germany, France, Luxembourg. Two weeks ago I went first time to Italy for six days, and that won't be the last time either for sure! I will post some eyecandy later on, I am way behind editing, but for those who want to see it all at once: everything I editted on my flickr-albums: https://www.flickr.com/photos/artndecay/albums or on my facebook-page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtnDecay Never made it to UK, I wish, but I heard it's very hard to explore overthere. I do dream walking in Potter's school, Post office, Camelot Park or that ark synagoge. And I really need to see those maunsell sea forts before you can rent a room in those. I read a lot of you live in UK, so I hope we will discuss this topic later on See you around, on the web or on the road, and if I can help you out on something, don't hesitate to ask. cheers