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

Quiet Abandonment

I have to confess that there’s little that appeals to me more than wandering around an old abandoned steel mill with camera and tripod, spare batteries and cards, a working flash-light and my own never ending curiosity. Especially when there’s some pretty amazing light streaming through the holes in the walls and roof.

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The pictures seriously do NOT give an accurate idea of exactly how dark it was in there though, and trying to navigate between various levels in almost total darkness was decidedly entertaining… especially when venturing right up on top of the roof!!.. Ladders and ascents not for the feint hearted, especially with all the necessary camera gear in tow.

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The doorway shown above, at the end of the narrow walkway was the one that led out on to a narrow platform before the final ladder to the roof, and maybe gives a better idea of how dark it actually was. Fun fun fun :)

IMG_9571_2-2 sRumour is that there’s a possible buyer for the place though, so maybe this was my final abandoned adventure there, unless I manage to squeeze in another one obviously. Still have a few shots left to post at least. :)



31 responses

  1. Your kind of fun always makes me worry over creepy crawlers, most notably those dreaded spiders! Great photos of a place most of us wouldn’t see otherwise, B. :)

    April 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    • Lol. Thanks G. Fortunately though it was too dark to see any of them. That goes for the rats too I dare say. :D

      April 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  2. I love your urbex stuff, particularly the ones here where you show the light streaming in.

    April 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    • Thanks so much JP. It certainly was quite the special day for that. :)

      April 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  3. Darnit! And all I have is my phone!! Can’t wait to get home and see the pictures in a more acceptable size. Such a cool place, though. Would love to explore it myself :-)

    April 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    • Ahhh, that’s much better! They’re all awesome, but one of my favorites is the one with the eyelash looking rays of light…and the bottom left in the top image…and the top right AND bottom left in the middle image…and…oh heck, all of them LOL
      Wish you’d posted them bigger though, because even clicking on the images doesn’t make them big enough to see all the details.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      • Lol. Thanks Michaela, but yeah, there’s a reason why I haven’t posted the hi res versions. They’re plenty big enough mefinks, or maybe it’s just your eyes ;)

        April 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        • My EYES!!! No way! And I don’t want hi res, just bigger. Bigger is better, ya know? Always! In addition to what you do with it!
          (Wha..?! I was talking about posting them vs. letting them collect virtual dust!)

          April 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        • Uh huh…

          April 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

  4. briliant

    April 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  5. Michaela’s comment up there sounds naughty, lol.

    Your adventures are a little creepy and scary looking to me, but I love seeing the results!

    April 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    • Haha… Yeah, I have no idea what Michaela is implying!! but thanks Karen, although I’m sure my adventures are only really creepy if conducted under cover of darkness. :)

      April 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      • ‘scuse me! I told you what I meant….just to make sure my pure little mind isn’t implying anything! ;-)

        April 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  6. What an amazing place, Brian! Many room with endless opportunity, how cool! (It looks huuuuge) lol

    April 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • Thanks so much Anne, and yes it is a huge place. I’ve been there a few times now, and still find something new each time.. It’s awesome.. :)

      April 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  7. This is so awesome.
    You have really captured this space so beautifully!

    April 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

    • Thanks so much Renate, it certainly was well worth the effort, as the light was perfect.

      April 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

  8. wow…great photos. what kind software that you use for the post production?

    April 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    • Thank you very much. I use Lightroom for the initial editing, and then move on to Photoshop for the finishing touches. Love Photoshop.

      April 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  9. Beautiful images of abandonment :)

    May 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  10. Wow, what a great place to explore – and photograph. Excellent photos – oh, I would LOVE to find such a place………

    May 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  11. The negative part of modernization

    May 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  12. Thank you so much for sharing. My husband works in a steel mill here in the US. He has often explained what his work surroundings look like with not much success to my imagination. Your images have brought his discriptions to life.
    Thanks again for sharing.

    December 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    • Lol. Youre welcome. Hopefully his steel mill is a bit busier than this is now.

      January 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

  13. Well done, great sets. You’re in 500px, aren’t you? You’ve a special imprint.

    February 23, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    • Thank you so much. Yes, I do have a 500px account, but haven’t really used it. Flickr used to be my outlet.

      March 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

  14. Beautiful images – a great place to photograph! :)

    March 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    • Thanks again.. You’ve likely realised I do love places like this. :)

      March 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      • Most definitely; I just don’t have the nerve to do it myself! :)

        March 16, 2015 at 8:16 am

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