Urbex – Nature Returns

Nature Returns
Nature Returns

A bit of urbex (Urban Exploration) or being in abandoned, dangerous, out-of-bounds or dilapidated places that one is really not supposed to venture into. I spent quite a lot of time exploring this long since abandoned house in a des res part of Cheshire. It has succumbed to many years of neglect, ingress of the elements, rot and fair few quite violent intrusions by other people. I found the experience to be both inspiring and also a little unsettling, the sense of this once being a lively and quite affluent home was still tangible and I couldn’t help wondering what had befallen its owner(s) – it is very unusual for real estate to be left or abandoned in this part of Cheshire as developers are quick to pounce on any available land and property owners sell their valuable assets as soon as they move on or when family member pass-away; it is quite a mystery.

The concept of urbex itself interests me greatly, in this age of photographic overload the urbex concept is one that manifests the possibility of of genuinely unique and engaging content, many urbexers seem to take great risks both physical and legal in order to get their pictures and I must admit that that all adds to the ‘value’ of the images obtained and shared. My work, however, is rather pedestrian in comparison to those who venture into abandoned military facilities and underground bunkers etc.

This picture was taken with bounce flash and I tried the colour pop as an experiment and liked it – so it stayed!

  • Taken: 27 July, 2016
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 10mm

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Oliver Wood