Urbex Community: Talk|URBEX

Posted by sickbritain On July - 17 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

After a run of mainly forum or photography sites I’ve found something a little different, a blog. Talk|URBEX is just starting out but aims to “share amazing locations, hints, tips and provide articles on camera equipment, post processing workflow and help on getting that perfect angle to provide the best record of the urbex site”, given that it’s aims are very allied to ours here at Sick Britain I intend to watch this one with interest!

www.talkurbex.com

Talk|URBEX

I Heart Street Art

Posted by sickbritain On July - 4 - 20094 COMMENTS

It’s one of the many Marmite “Love it or Hate It” areas of the art world and a controvertial subject in the general public’s eye but I really do love graffiti, or to use it’s euphemistic moniker, street art. In the world of music I tend to like high-energy music (e.g. drum’n'bass, heavy metal) or songs where the lyrics really have something to say (e.g. rap, hip-hop) and the same can be said of the graffit world – I like a high visual impact or I like the graffiti to speak to me, to carry a message.

I’ve put together a few examples of graffiti that I found whilst grazing the pastures of Flickr, I guess you can’t start any post like this without really mentioning l’artiste du jour: Banksy. Not only is this piece very pretty it also carries with it a heavy social commentary as does much of his work, whist it’s instantly funny I feel a wave of sadness when I look at it – that feeling of our history being washed away…

That’s not to say that you have to be particularly arty to create work with humour and social commentary, there’s something about this piece that I really like even though there’s not a great deal to it…

Whilst it doesn’t carry any appreciable meaning I love aethetics of something like this…

The same goes for this more elaborate and colourful piece, I love it…

I’m not really convinced that this next one counts as Street Art since it was an installation in the Tate Modern but I think it shows what impact a piece of art can have when rendered on a large scale (something graffiti plays to significantly)…

Please don’t get any of my praise confused with tagging (i.e. single line drawn names – neither colourful or artful), the pointless scrawling of a name across a building or railway bridge does nothing for anyone. I’ve heard arguments that graffiti started out as tagging so we should think it’s OK but I don’t buy it, tagging is for wankers – pure and simple. The above examples all take thought and skill, that’s what makes it art to me and that’s what makes it awesome.

I heart street art.

Urbex Photography Tips I’ve Found Elsewhere

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On June - 30 - 20091 COMMENT

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 Photocritic.org, 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 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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)…



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


Urbex Community: Forsaken Places

Posted by sickbritain On June - 21 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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…

http://www.forsakenplaces.co.uk/


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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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