Archive for June, 2009

Urbex Photography Tips I’ve Found Elsewhere

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On June - 30 - 2009

I’ve written my own article of Urbex Photography Tips but I thought it might be handy to post a link to a great set of hints and tips on, and article by Haje Jan Kamps with tips from Roy Barker. See the full article here: Capturing Urban Decay.

Incidentally I also found this interesting article 35 Beautiful Examples Of ‘Urban Decay Photography from Smashing Magazine – it’s not a ‘tips’ article but the shots themselves may provide inspiration if you’re looking for it.

Picks from the Sick Britain Flickr Group

Posted by sickbritain On June - 27 - 2009

For those of you that haven’t joined already we’ve created a Flickr group called Sick Britain for sharing photos of derelict and abandoned places, we’re up to well over 1,000 photos there now so I thought I’d share some of my recently added favourites from people using a Creative Commons license (or where I have permission to use them)…


Here’s some other recent photos not marked as Creative Commons…

Urbex Community: Forsaken Places

Posted by sickbritain On June - 21 - 2009

Another personal site from a UK explorer with a North-East leaning, includes site reports and photos, some from a visit to the Urbex ‘Mecca’ that is Chernobyl…

Sick Britain Interview: Gibbo from North-West Exploration

Posted by gibbo On June - 17 - 2009

[Sick Britain] I'd like to say thanks to Gibbo for the interview and wherever you live I definitely recommend you check out Northwest Exploration as it's probably the friendliest Urbex community out there.
Northwest Exploration

Q1: Who are you?

Gibbo (real name Andy). A Yorkshire born but North-West based fella who now co-administers WWW.NWEX.CO.UK

Q2: Why do you do Urban Exploration?

Like every young lad, I was fascinated by empty and abandoned buildings, probably for the thrill / ghost aspect :-) I was lucky enough to see the old Victoria Station, and parts of the old Orgreave Coking Plant (scene of the bloody miners battle on June 18th, 1984). The complex was huge and had it’s own sidings and an engine shed full of coal wagons and a couple of diesel engines. I just wish cameras weren’t so expensive to operate back then.

Q3: What's the best explore you've been on?

Without a doubt, St Joseph’s Seminary near Wigan.

Q4: What's worst explore you've been on?

Burtonwood Services. An interesting building, pretty much intact inside, but we stupidly lingered after the explore and got arrested in an extremely heavy-handed two police force operation.

Q5: If you could explore any site/facility in the world, what would it be?

It would be nice to see if Area 51 is actually everything it’s hyped up to be. In the UK it would have to be the Fun Ship the Duke of Lancaster over at Flint, North Wales.

Q6: Are there any pieces of kit that you'd recommend to others?

The trusty Maglite with an LED conversion. You lose the warm incandescence when light painting, but it gives an amazing throw. I’m also a big fan of clockwork torches. They’re cheap and always worth carrying as an emergency spare.

Q7: If you could give any tips to newbies or experienced explorers, what would they be?

For noobs: Don’t hang around a site after an explore!

For experienced explorers: Never forget your beginnings. You were a noob once and probably left in the cold and shunned by those more experienced. So give the noobs a chance. Over at NWEX that’s our philosophy and have certainly reaped the rewards – trips underground to some fantastic mines that you would never otherwise see, they’re not even listed on the internet and you’d never find the access! We even have a member who gives us trips in his plane!

Urbex isn’t a way of life, it’s a hobby – albeit a very unusual one. It’s also a hobby that is forever changing.

Q8: What would win in a fight: 1,000 chickens or 1 giant chicken the size of a thousand chickens?

1 giant chicken. It would just stand on the 1000 chickens.

Urbex Community: Pretty Vacant

Posted by sickbritain On June - 14 - 2009

Pretty Vacant is the personal site of prolific explorer and well-known forum community member Rookinella, containing site reports and a massive amount of photos.  The site is great for finding inspiration or if you want to get a good taster of what Urban Exploration is all about…



About Me

If youre into Urbex or youre trying to find out what its all about you may find yourself needing some help finding out about the art of Urban Exploration.  Here at Sick Britain Im planning to put up original content like my What is Urbex? and Urbex Safety articles as well as posting links to other community sites such as 28 Days Later or Derelicte.



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