Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gedney Railway station; waiting for a train since 1959

Gedney railway station was a station in Gedney, Lincolnshire. It was a station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway network. It opened on 1 July 1862 and closed on 2 March 1959.

Good ol' Wikipedia helped me with that info, hardly an essay but useful and to the point.

I've driven past this building many many many times over the years and a couple of years ago I visited it and took a couple of snaps of the outside. As the weather was mild on Saturday, I thought it was finally time to go in.

The building as I found out last time is a wreck, though I suppose any building that's been left for 56 years probably will be. Especially those that have been used a rubbish tip.

The place is not safe to walk around and I really should know better; the ceiling is caving in and in some places it's already fallen down, the floor has holes in it so you HAVE to look where your walking, the stair case is rotten and moves when you take a step.....the list goes on. The building really hasn't got much time left before it really does collapse.

The best thing about the site, is the platform that's still there, however the brambles have taken over so there's not too much to see. There's also still the station name board but again its hidden behind 6 foot tall thistles that are guaranteed to give you a bad time.

As far as the camera goes, I used my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and I still continue to love the thing. It has its downfalls, in particular the way Adobe Lightroom renders it raw files, they're so smudgy and no real sharpness or details. Oh well.

I used an old Canon FD 50mm lens that I mounted via an adapter. Shooting with an old manual lens is difficult when shooting in a dark environment as its tricky to get the focus spot on when using a wide aperture to let the light in. I also used the 18mm f/2 which I purchased with the X-Pro 1.

Taken with the Canon FD 50mm;

I love the softness of this image.

You always find a chair when urbexing.

Taken with the Fujifilm 18mm f/2

I thought this was pretty cool. These people left a discrete little reminder of their presence. I wonder who they are?

Monday, 23 February 2015

The hotel; there's no life in the dark

My 2nd trip into the hotel with my friend Stuart was just as good as the 1st, its great to explore with someone else who's armed with their camera. Its good to bounce ideas off of each other and too help each other where needed.

It was another 2 hours spent walking around showing the sights that I had already seen. This time already armed with the layout in my mind, I knew of different rooms I wanted to revisit to get shots i hadn't before.

The abundance of dead flies in the rooms upstairs is immense.

Would you want to stay in this room?

Empty corridor


Joke's on you.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Urbex and fire

As a child I loved playing with fire, I even have a nice scar on the back of my right hand from when hot plastic dripped on it while playing with fire with a friend at the age of about 10. I told my mum I had fell over, she didn't believe me considering I smelt like cooked meat and my skin had clearly been badly burnt. I actually forget the scar is there and now as I approach 30 years old it is barely visible.

You already know that I like exploring abandoned buildings.

Why not combine fire and urbex.

And by that I don't mean ive started a career as an arsonist.

No, I mean playing with fire artistically and then checking that all the sparks and molten pieces of metal have been extinguished before leaving the site. Before starting we also did a recce of the area and made sure there was nothing around that was at risk.

It was a great experience and some great shots have come from this night with my friend Stuart.

For this shoot I used a Canon 5Dmkiii and 24-70 lens. All shots were taken between f/13 and f/18 and were 30 second exposures at ISO 200.

Stuart and I have already said that we now need to find the next location for urbex and (a little bit of controlled) fire.



Monday, 16 February 2015

Visiting a hotel but not staying because its cold, damp and abandoned

I love exploring, I love urban exploring, I love urbex.

So, I wont say where this place is because I don't wish for it to be ruined anymore than it already has.

This building is big, loads of bedrooms and loads of public rooms, such as a ball room, bars and dining rooms. There's stair cases, long corridors and dark basements. Smashed windows cause doors to bang and wind to blow through gaps, water flows randomly through pipes and somewhere a toilet flushes when we're the 'only' ones there.

This place is really starting to have seen better days, its sliding in to disrepair extremely fast now. Water has leaked and has rotted through floor ceilings and floor boards. I would hate to think how much it would cost to do up if it was to be modernised and re-opened.

Ive visited 3 times now with different people; the 1st with Laura, I really can't believe I got her to have an explore. The 2nd was with Stuart and the 3rd was Josh and Abi, I wont mention who enjoyed this the most out of the two of them.

The 1st time I visited I was armed with my 5D and Sigma 17-35mm, the lens is old and like the majority of lenses, even expensive ones, is flawed but for a cheep bit of full frame wide angle it does the job. I should really get a more expensive lens but until ive used this lens more than the 3 times ive used it now I wont bother, plus for the price I paid ill soon get my money back. Plus I think its a case of finding the optimum focal length and aperture and so far ive not put the effort in with it.

The shots below are all form my 1st visit, ill post shots from the 2nd visit in my next post.

I didn't

Manicure time

Now that's what gone off milk looks like

If Carlsberg made door knobs

Keep on exploring.