The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

The Grand Shaft


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28 responses

  1. JJ

    Ooooh, very nice! We went to go and see this place when we visited Dover Castle, but it was shut :o(

    November 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

    • Yeah unfortunately it’s only open twice a year, but you’d have been buggered with your knee (and foot) though… lol… There be quite a few steps in that there shaft… ;)

      November 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  2. Beautiful composition! You were lucky that they had parts of it lit.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    • Thanks Avital… We were luckier it was open to be honest… lol..

      November 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  3. Jayne

    Great composition. I love all the curves, the steps leading up, and the the lit archway in the background to…where? A great 3D feel to this too.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

    • Thanks Jayne.. Well the archway in the background leads to one of the three staircases that spiral the “grand shaft”, which itself allowed access to the Napoleonic Fort on the cliffs from the beach…

      November 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

  4. Haunting place….

    November 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

  5. aswirly

    What a title ;) lol… A very cool and very creepy looking stairwell. What is up with that creepy purply light huh? Love the shot! But I wanna see more drawings too!

    November 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    • Thanks A… lol… Believe it or not the purply light was the daylight being reflected and diffused from the top of the shaft… As for more drawings… Hmmmmm… Maybe… Or maybe not…

      November 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

  6. Wow! Great shot! I love the composition with the repeated forms of the archways, containing each other. The light is great too.
    Still, I can’t help wondering what used to go on in a place like this…!

    November 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    • Thanks kai… It is just a spiral staircase that leads from the beach to the Napoleonic Fort up on the cliffs… It has three spirals to allow three times as many troops as a normal stairway would… Quite the impressive place though… :)

      November 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

  7. Cool. Were you allowed to go up it? Do you have pictures from the top?

    November 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    • Yeah we were allowed up it… and down again fortunately… lol… I have some more pictures looking both up from the bottom and down from near the top too… Guess they’ll have to be posted some time soon then eh… ;)

      November 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

  8. Wow, really interesting shot, where is this location?

    November 6, 2010 at 1:47 am

    • Thanks Consuelo… It’s a Napoleonic Fort in Dover, Kent.. way over here in the UK… This particular part is only open to the public twice a year so was real interesting to explore..

      November 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

  9. This is great slug, I just found out about an old house I think I may be able to get into, so fingers crossed… :) Car

    November 6, 2010 at 4:23 am

    • Hi Car… Well you’ll have to let me know if you do, as I do love a bit of trespassing urbexing… lol… Be careful though, as from experience I know how dangerous they normally are… and make sure you don’t go alone… :)

      November 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

  10. Cool shot! I like the stairs on the ceiling ;-)

    November 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    • Thanks Michaela… They were for the Gecko Regiment… ;)

      November 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  11. Val Erde

    Wow! Creepy and stunning at the same time. I love those curves and the way the gate tempts one to go through the further archway…

    November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    • Thanks Val… Nicely said… It was quite the interesting place…

      November 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm

  12. This is an awesome shot. Wonderful composition.

    November 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

  13. Nice, er, shaft! Lovely composition and nicely lit too (for what was probably very dark indeed).

    November 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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  15. Beautiful. I really like how the curves rendered in this image.

    December 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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