Just a short insight in to my recent trip to explore abandoned places in Italy. We even managed to find a couple of new spots while over there. As you probably know I am a photographer and the films come second, there will still be a few films made from this trip.
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An abandoned bunker set up as a command post in WWii
A few cityscapes at night from a rooftop in London
The remains of a small RAF base in Suffolk.
Italy is a beautiful country and is home to some beautiful abandoned places.
In May/June 2015 I went on a tour of Italy to photograph some abandoned places. Basically in four days we managed to visit 27 locations. From abandoned hospitals to deserted villas there was so much to see. The first full day was spent driving around Lake Maggoire, surrounded by tree filled mountains, it was a beautiful start to the trip. We finally end our day in Vercelli.
The next day we head further South taking in a hospital, a theatre and a number of abandoned villas and finish our day in Turin, we end up in a hotel that is basically in the middle of the ghetto, large blocks of residential flats with a lot of activity.
A big day today, Manincomio Di R. A beautiful asylum which was a major goal of the trip. It all goes wrong and a guardian knows why we are there, "no photo, no photo". We were only walking past. This is a major setback and there was a few expletives said to ourselves as we walked on. Not to be deterred we wonder around to the other side of this large abandoned asylum and manage to find another access point and we are quickly inside. It was clearly worth the perseverance and spent a number of hours enjoying this beautiful building. We leave a happy bunch and probably more expletives were said as we left here, this time in joy. We finally take a long drive up in to the mountains to visit an abandoned college which houses a beautiful modern chapel. After some time here another long drive to the coast to my personal main goal of the trip, Ospedale Psichiatrico Di Q. A beautiful asylum with the finest stone staircase. After some climbing one of us managed to gain access and let the rest of us in easily. It was early evening by now and the light was perfect, the building was perfect, the whole day could not of gone better. We even grabbed a few shots of the entrance to the live asylum on the same sight. We leave the coast and head up into the mountains for a final night in Italy.
We wake up at the crack of dawn to make the most of our final day, it doesn't start well we are locked in the village. What the hell, everyone is still in bed. We are left with one option, sound the horn and wake up the whole village. Finally we are set free and on our way to a monastery then a small sanatorium in the mountains and finally Palace Casino, a popular abandoned mansion set in beautiful parklands. We arrive back to the car and choose a random hospital on the sat nav. It turns out to be mostly a live site but one building is left abandoned. Luckily it houses a beautiful staircase and a few random bits left behind. We have no idea where it even was but it was a pleasant surprise to finish off the trip.
Big thanks to Justin from As The Light Slowly Fades and Masa of Masa Kores Photography for an awesome few days.
So I made this as it turns out two years later I have just returned from another trip to Italy. Its strange how it has worked out to be exactly two years later.
Below are all the locations visited on this trip in 2015 go check some of them out. Just to whet the appetite of the new locations I recently visited.
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A nice art-deco office of an old demolished factory in Welwyn Garden City
A large abandoned hospital in Hertfordshire, England. A number of buildings are now totally ruined. However there are still a number of buildings left in good condition.
A brief walk around of Windlestone Hall an abandoned mansion in the North East of England. Sadly it has taken a lot of damage from vandals and thieves, who have even taken parts of the roof creating a lot of damage inside.
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A small abandoned school in Suffolk. Not much left behind here, but worth a look.
A short film from the local RAF base. RAF Raynham has been abandoned for some time now. A huge site with a large number of buildings to see. Slowly the site is being renovated and some of the buildings are in use again.
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You can also check out my original report RAF West Raynham.
It can be quite surprising the amount of abandoned places that are still left connected to a source of electricity.
These sites certainly leave some unanswered questions. Who is paying the bills? Well sadly for hospitals, educational properties or any other site funded by the government, quite possibly you and I. I have a couple of theories on industrial sites. One is if the power is still running it's not going to be so easy to steal from. It isn't advised to rip out live copper cable and could the thieves be sure if they did try to turn it off. Also these sites will eventually be stripped and it will not be a safe working environment in a poorly lit space. Then we have mothballed sites, where the cost to restart the whole factory is far more than keeping it alive a blast furnace is a prime example of this practice.
Here is a selection of places I have visited where the lights are still on but nobody is home.
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A short timelapse/ slow motion film of the heavy industry in the North East of England. Filmed around Teeside and the Seal Sands industrial site between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
Huge industrial sites here bellowing out steam, smoke and even fire at times. It was quite a pleasure making this film.
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All that remains of an old asylum in Norwich, UK.
A short time lapse of some abandoned houses in Norfolk.
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A beautiful abandoned town house set on Richmond Hill, with stunning views.
The storage bunkers of Quick Reaction Alert cruise missiles at Greenham Common. Not a lot to see here but its a sight full of history.
So I tried to make a vlog. It didn't quite go to plan and ended up failing at getting enough footage and recording my random waffle ended up a time-lapse as the camera settings were wrong. So basically here is a time-lapse of London. Quite a few clips from last year.
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Tuestorial. Am going to try and post a new tutorial every Tuesday. Not sure if I can keep it up but I will try. So as you can see from the image its quite clear what the goal is here. Hope you learn something and enjoy.
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An short film of an abandoned time capsule in Norfolk.
So I feel I really upped my game with this short film that I made recently. I learnt a lot making this film and I am really pleased with the final outcome. Hopefully you are too.
Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed. Let me know your thoughts below. If you fancy seeing my original visit you can see the images here... Abandoned House Norfolk.