There’s something about visiting abandoned places that intrigues me because I’m a professional photographer; I have an eye for detail when it comes to recognizing the beauty in abandon or lost places.
What do I do after recognizing the beauty in lost places?
I capture it with my DSLR and mobile Camera. Giving in to my obsession with Lost Places Photography I came across this abandoned old factory to take photos; & I had a great time in a while taking pictures, finding beauty in the face of adversity & annihilation.
I’ve visited the old Factory of Derelict Export Packers, Brickfield Road. Whenever I visit abandoned places to capture pictures, I have a knack of shifting into the detective mode & inquiring everything about the Location.
Why I do that?
I’ve traveled across many places in World and wherever I go I find lost places & abandon building to explore. You can say it’s a Curiosity of exploring & tracing down its trails, You can say it’s a Curiosity of exploring & tracing down its trails, I’m curious about finding out its backstory; it often turns out to be a very captivating story with twists & turns. This time was no different; it turns out this old abandoned factory was a shipping company since 1885. During the Cold War, they specialized in the packing and shipping of large items of industrial machinery to the Soviet Union and China. The vast warehouse complex has fallen into a severe state of decay and happily for all the pigeons who reside within the building, there appear to be no immediate plans to redevelop it.
My Photo Walk inside the premises was exciting; there was so much to be photographed. The real fun lies in capturing the zones lying in the interiors. Mother Nature has its way to find a way in the face of destruction & decay. The beautiful part of photographing lost places is capturing the inherent beauty of nature lurking, crouching & trying to find a way around the fallen objects, construction. Throughout my photo walk, I was on a hunt to find the perfect shot that depicts “Nature always finds a way.” every other shot felt like, this is the one.
Throughout my Photo Walk, the one thing that allured me towards walls & sheds was the remarkable work done by the street graffiti artists. A lost place like this missing the graffiti work is nothing short of a miracle. The graffiti artists let their creativity entirely take the front seat in creating designs on walls. Sometimes their graffiti’s add a bit of humor, wit, sarcasm & even puns at times.
For example, I came across this hilarious graffiti, at a torn out gate, there was a graffiti saying, “Lock the gate.” I managed to take a few shots within the factory that entirely captured the surrounding with the subtle glimmers of sunlight as they penetrated their way through the openings. The shots also managed to capture the graffiti artwork on the walls.
I know algae is not the most desirable thing to capture, but you would feel compelled to disagree when you find algae taking hold over a spot that’s torn apart & features graffiti artwork. The algae only feel agreeable to the eyes — the captured picture reeks of a perfect abandoned place.
I took several shots at the place, revealing the total decay as time took its toll. The shots show the floor, the walls, the roofs & shattered glasses on the walls with mild sunlight penetrating in. My absolute favorite shots were the ones showcasing antique light holders & objects that were in use during the period when the factory was still active. It’s amusing that the place still manages to preserve these antiquities & they are not even stolen or pawned away.
I took complete advantage of this opportunity & stole these antique artifacts in my camera’s frame. I kid you not, but there was a spot where a Guitar was lying decayed; the guitar didn’t strike as an antique, but it made an incredible shot. That was it for my little photo walk journey at Derelict Export Packers, an old abandoned factory.
My takes on Lost Photography
Photography of lost places is like what makes you passionate about photography, it’s not about the fundamentally good pictures. It all about how you like them, in photography you should always stick to your roots and enjoy those things which made you fell in love with it. You don’t need to feel that you are going to impress anyone with your photos or you need to upload those photos somewhere on social media for the sake or likes & tags. Try to make your photography more of a personal and should think to yourself on what you enjoy about that click pictures.
To find any lost or abandon place you may not explore all day long, there is a whole community of photographers who are doing urban exploration every now & then. You can check their online blogs & forums to get more details. If you don’t have any place in mind then Google Maps & Photography blogs can be a great resource for you.
When you are doing photography of lost places you should know about the lights since very few abandoned places have natural light or electricity. You must get a bright flashlight and keep setting to manual or ISO of the camera should be above 800. To illuminate the whole picture the use flashlight will definitely help you in getting incredible pictures. Lost places photography is the best thing when you want to use with a creative filter like Black & White, Vintage etc. You can go with the built-in features of your camera so it will give you the preview of the picture before you click.
The lost place photography doesn’t mean trespassing which is illegal in many places. A lot of abandon places have information about the owner or security personnel who can guide you through the place. Some people may ask to sign a legal waiver to make sure no damage is done to properly when you are around. Lost Place photography is the rarest & very interesting thing to do in the photography world, even sometimes it feels like stepping into a movie scene, a horror one.