Bowled out

Bowled Out 2 khpMe and a friend stumbled across an old disused bowling green while exploring another site. The site we were there to explore was an old factory and office complex and we didn’t expect to find something like this, but it makes an interesting scene.

There were lots of lockers with matching keys, but we didn’t have time to check them out since we had to run for a train. Nonetheless I think we’ll be going back as we didn’t get all the time we wanted in the other site (pictures to come).

The basement

Nursing Home Basement W

This is another picture from the abandoned nursing home, and it’s definite the creepiest of the lot. There was a tunnel extending behind me that was much much darker, but unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod on me for this occasion, so that’ll have to wait until another time.

 

Reflections of decay

Reflection W

 

A nice shot of reflections in St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Dunbartonshire. This is the second time I’ve explored this old building. Both times there have been other people there exploring as well, I think despite being abandoned it is one of the main attractions (for people like me, anyway) in Cardross. It truly is a stunning building. There’s talk of restoring it to the way it once was, maybe it might see use again. Until then it’s one of the my favourite abandoned places in the area.

Shipwreck in Bowling Harbour

Boat high tide bw W

This shot is from Bowling Harbour on the river Clyde, just outside Dumbarton. There are several old wrecks, wooden and metal, abandoned in the harbour. I’m not sure what the story behind all of these old ships is, but they make for interesting and eerie photographs. The Erskine Bridge dominates the skyline in the background, making a nice contrast between old and new.

Gray Dunn Biscuit Factory

Running Scared

These pics are from my first bit of urban exploring in a while, in the old Gray Dunn Biscuits Factory in Tradeston, Glasgow.  I’ve wanted to get inside this building for a while, and almost didn’t before working out exactly how to get round its many fences and walls. The building looks over the motorway as you drive into the city from the south, and from the building’s top floor you get a very unique view out across Glasgow from the Kingston bridge all the way over to the Gallowgate Twins in the East End and beyond. The picture was the whole reason I wanted into this building. I found pictures of this from one of the big urbex groups in Glasgow and instantly wanted a wander around myself.

Old computer

Believe it or not this old computer, complete with its own desk, chair and printer, was just sitting there on the top floor of this particular section of the building. Creepy to say the least, as if the place wasn’t creepy enough with the wind and rain howling through it and the weird noises that only a creaky old building like this can make. Despite the strange noises and lack of wind resistance it was good to get in and wander around, it reminded me of why I like exploring these old buildings. I was talking to my friend who is a keen mountain climber when I realised, despite the obvious physical and aesthetic difference, there is a lot in common with mountain climbing and urban exploring. The risk of falling off a mountain, or through a floor, the emptiness, the sense of being alone (in a good way) to explore for yourself. One of the main things that draws me to abandoned building is the isolation (again, in a good way). There’s the adrenaline rush as you get under that last fence and clear into the building where you know no one can see you. All of a sudden, no matter how busy the street you just left outside is, it’s just you and the building and no one else. It’s a wonderful feeling!

Stripes

On another note, I’m desperatley trying to get on top of posting and it is not working! So many work and PhD commitments taking up my time, but I’m trying my best. Hopefully have some pictures from our recent adventure to Glen Nevis posted soon, if I can find the time to edit them! Until then, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

My First Exhibition: “Seldom Seen” DNA Hub Glasgow, 16th-18th August

Obligatory shot of a piece of cake (taken at DNA Hub of course!)

Obligatory shot of a piece of cake (taken at DNA Hub of course!)

I am very happy to announce that this weekend, Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th of August, I will be putting on my first photography exhibition courtesy of the wonderful people at DNA Hub Glasgow and Somewhereto_’s re:store [the high street heist] project. The project involves reclaiming empty shops across the UK’s high streets and inviting young people aged 16-25 (I just made it) to use the space.

After the launch of the London store on the 18th of July DNA Hub Glasgow, a pop-up shared arts space in the Merchant City, opened at 12-16 South Frederick Street on the 30th of July. DNA Hub has so far hosted an eclectic range of events, including a night showcasing bands from Glasgow’s up and coming music scene; Photovoices – a participatory project giving the young people of Scotland a voice through photography; a pop up cake boutique; a live comic book art installation; design speed dating aimed at skill swapping and artistic development, Our Founding Daughters – a project showcasing Scotland’s most talented female fashion photographers, and Insect Eats Pop Up, a food project aimed at challenging the way we eat and exploring the sustainability of food, as well as several other events and ongoing projects.

My project ‘Seldom Seen’ brings together several years of urban and abandoned (or ‘urbex’ – urban exploration) photography around Glasgow and the West of Scotland – focusing not just on hidden or abandoned buildings and spaces but also on some of the more obvious buildings and structures which we see every day but never truly stop to think about, hinting at the ‘hidden in plain sight’ element of some of the West of Scotland’s spaces, structures and architecture.

The aim of the project is to encourage people to consider the social history behind some of the places I have photographed as well as the lives and stories of the people who may have lived or worked there, or even those who may have just visited these spaces in their abandoned state. The project also aims to highlight and encourage a consideration of what these spaces could potentially be used for in the future, much in the same way that the Somewhereto_’s re:store project has used empty shops as pop up arts spaces, and in many ways, although I have been photographing locations like the ones featured in the exhibition for several years, the Somewhereto_ project has inspired me to use my photography for this purpose and helped consolidate my thoughts about both the ‘hidden’ places I explore and those which are ‘hidden in plain sight’ which I see almost every day.

My hopes are that, pending funding and the help of others, this initial exhibition can grow into something which allows me to help other amateur photographers develop their photography skills through free photography workshops, potentially using some of the abandoned spaces I’ve came across in Glasgow, as well as encouraging others to go out and find such places and photograph them. It might be a bit ambitious, but given the limited number of free arts spaces, the project could go on to help develop more spaces for use by other artists, musicians, photographers, designers or anyone else who needs a space to do what they want to do. As well as providing an opportunity for other people like me I hope my project can go on to help draw attention to and ultimately utilise some of the many empty or abandoned buildings and spaces which otherwise might go unnoticed and eventually be lost to urban decay.

My photography will be on display from 10am on Friday the 16th of August to Sunday the 18th at the DNA Hub at 12-16 South Frederick Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, and I’ll be about on the Friday if anyone fancies a chat.

If you can’t make it along between the 16th and 18th then pop in some other time this month and see some of the other great stuff going on at the DNA Hub, which is running until the 30th of August.