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

Goodbye Old Friend


A shot from a rather exceptional day out today with old friends, and also making of new friends too… such as the urbex legend that is Andre Govia… All in all a mixed day of sorts.. Always good to be out with old friends, always good to meet new friends, but sad to think that this was probably the last visit to Lillesdon School for Girls, as it has now been purchased, and its precise future is pretty much unknown, other than it’s earmarked for development of apartments… Will they try to keep the building ??… I do hope so, as it would be such a shame to see a building of such ornate architecture demolished to make way for new, but it’s already cost someone £2.1 million ($3.3 million), and would likely cost as much again to renovate… We shall see…


35 responses

  1. Gina

    What an amazing day!! And how incredibly fortunate that you were in the right place at the perfect time! Great shot. Can’t wait to see more!! :)

    March 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    • Thanks G… It sure was a great day, and the rest was the icing on the cake.. There’s a few more to come from the day, at some time.. ;)

      March 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  2. Have I told you lately that I love….this place? ;-)
    I’m so glad that you had a chance to go back one last time (hopefully you’ll get at least ONE more, if they take their time with whatever is going to happen with the building). Would be nice if was restored.
    Happy that you got to meet “the legend”, too!

    March 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    • We might get just one more chance… lol… Or if we don’t, then we’re gonna just have to find somewhere new.. :)

      March 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm

  3. That is a stunning image.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  4. Chloe

    i really like seeing these photos of yours, nice light

    March 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  5. JustJayne

    OH DEAR….hopefully youll know what I mean by that lol ;o)

    Anyway, I digress, fab shot and fab day Brian, still a bit shell shocked how nice he was, keep thinking about him….not like ‘that’ though lol, just in general and how ‘normal’ he was, fingers crossed for an invite to a shoot with him eh!

    March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    • LOL.. He sure was a real nice bloke… and NO, not like that either.. lol.. Would be fun to hit some other places though eh, as long as there’s no dogs.. ;)

      March 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  6. Always sad to hear about things like that.
    I understand it has to happen sometimes… in some cases the cost of renovation is more than can be taken-on (or a building has been neglected to the point it’s nearly beyond repair), but it’s always a shame to loose those pieces of the past (and all the wonderful architectural details, too).
    Another brilliant piece, F.S… love it.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    • It’s good that it’s been bought, as it IS becoming exceptionally dangerous, but I sure do hope they can renovate, as opposed to rip down and rebuild.. Thanks SIG..

      March 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

  7. I LOVE your photos from the abandoned and ruined places. This is a super nice example!

    March 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  8. I do hope this wonderful place will be restored and all the architectural details will encompass life and happiness once again!

    March 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    • So do I Tracy.. as it sure does have some impressive architecture to offer, but it would cost a fortune I’d imagine..

      March 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  9. knudsens

    It`s sad that ue places are taken down.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  10. Cool shot. I hope you’ll be able to let us know what happens. I’m sure you probably have posted pics in the past, but could you refresh my memory as to what the outside of the place looks like?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  11. You’re friends has a fantastic gallery! It’s sad to have to say goodbye, I must say, for a moment, I was worried because I thought it was you who was leaving us. ;)

    March 8, 2012 at 2:28 am

    • Haha.. No no, I’m not going anywhere.. Well, not yet anyways… Thanks Anne, and he does have an amazing gallery doesn’t he…

      March 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  12. Incredible shot. I do hope the building is spared. It looks like something great could be done with it.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

    • Thanks Robin… So do I, as it is quite an amazing building… I’m not sure exactly how well it would convert to apartments though, but fingers crossed…

      March 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

  13. Stunning light.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  14. aswirly

    Real sad if it truly disappears… sigh… but i”m glad you were able to get such awesome shots of the place. The line of sight here is simply perfect.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:33 am

    • Thanks so much A.. Yeah I was real pleased how this one turned out.. and it will be sad when it goes, but I really hope they don’t just raze it to the ground and build new.. It’s horrendously dangerous in places, but I hope they can save most of the structure at least..

      March 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

  15. Kieran Hamilton

    Brilliant atmospheric shot mate!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  16. That’s a great picture. I love old, abandoned buildings like that. There’s a melancholy about them.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

  17. Awesome photo, and a really lovely abandoned place. Maybe you like this one too:

    January 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

  18. Love everything about this one. The textures, tones, lighting and the true sense of abandonment.

    March 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    • Thank you so much. Places like this sure do inspire me. :)

      March 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  19. Outstanding!

    July 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

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