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Old Jul 13, 2005, 4:40 PM   #1
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Various abandonments photographed in my travels over the past two years...

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(employee entrance - Stelco, Hamilton Ont.)


(burned office - Whitby Psychiatric Hospital)


(upper level - Stelco/Stelwire, Hamilton)


(Bakelite-Thermoset, Belleville, Ont.)


(annealing vats - Stelco, Hamilton)


(wrecked bathroom - Whitby Psychiatric Hospital)


(employee lunchroom - Eagle Castings, Stevensville, Ont.)


(Stelco/Stelwire, Hamilton)
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Old Jul 13, 2005, 5:49 PM   #2
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Very interesting shots, S.K. It's hard to picka favorite... I think there's something very moody about the burned office. I wonder what some of these places would look like under different (darker) lighting situations... something I've wanted to try - put a light in one area of a darkened building and look for interesting effects elsewhere.

Good work,

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Old Jul 13, 2005, 6:22 PM   #3
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Very interesting shots, S.K. It's hard to pickĀ*a favorite... I think there's something very moody about the burned office. I wonder what some of these places would look like under different (darker) lighting situations... something I've wanted to try - put a light in one area of a darkened building and look for interesting effects elsewhere.

Good work,

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I had to lightpaint the burned out office - it was VERY dark in that area of the building.

Some of the most amazing photos I've seen of abandoned places are ones done solely with tea candles - strategically placed to light up the interesting areas of the composition. I've done a bit of experimenting that way myself...but I'd like to do more in the future.

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It's a bit sad to see all these signs of past civilization all lined up together, though it's great they are being documented. I found the lunchroom particularly touching, with the open fridge, and the dustbin linerstill in place


The psych. hosp office is a wonderful pic initself - it reeks character, that lighting works beautifully.


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I really like your photos of abandoned industrial sites, S.K. Some of the most interesting pics that i've seen. How do you gain entrance?

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I really like your photos of abandoned industrial sites, S.K. Some of the most interesting pics that i've seen. How do you gain entrance?

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Thanks Bob

Gaining entrance is always different. Whenever possible I ask permission. Failing that, I tend to visit locations on a Sunday when no one's usually around to bother me. Many of the abandonments are easy access (open doors, holes in the building, etc.) Each location is a different story.

Many of the places are quite dangerous - both structurally as well as the possibility of hostile vagrants and/or drug addicts lurking around. I always keep my wits about me, carry a cellphone as well as a sturdy 3D maglite that can double as a self-defense item. I also prefer scouting a location during the daylight before ever attempting a sunset/evening photoshoot.

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