Twilight 1814434722 Twilight 1814434600 Twilight 1813591907 Twilight 1813591741 Twilight 1813591611 Twilight 1813591503 A lot of people had taken photos of this house. It was just chance that I came here as it was getting dark, but not too dark to get photos. I've heard this house is now gone, destroyed by vandals/ fire.

Jeff Chapman (1973 - 2005) #RIPNinjalicious

Jeff Chapman was a Canadian urban explorer, known as Ninjalicious. Jeff published Access All Areas and the founder of Infiltration, zines and website.

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"It's the thrill of discovery that fascinates me. Yes, I know I'm not the first person there, but I can honestly say I found it and I earned the experience for myself. After exploring for a while, you get a wonderful feeling that you're "in on" the secret workings of cities. You know what's under your feet and what's behind the closed doors and what the city looks like from the highest office towers, while almost everyone around you only ever looks at the public areas and never truly pays attention to urban structures unless they've paid admission to take a look." - Jeff Chapman/ Ninjalicious Source: Interview at Philadelphia City Paper with Neil Gladstone (1998?)
ninjaliciousThis month, August 2015, marks ten years since Jeff Chapman passed away. I thought someone should post in his honour. I never met him personally. I did email with him, twice. I met his wife, Liz, at a Broken Pencil Zine Festival in Toronto. I attended the Festival to buy Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration, see some of Jeff's (and other publishers) zines and take a look at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. I was just beginning to explore with a digital camera then. Before that I just didn't know what I was doing had a name (and film was expensive!). jeffchapman

A tribute can still be found at the Toronto Architectural Conservancy 

Jeff Chapman (September 19, 1973 – August 23, 2005), better known by the pseudonym Ninjalicious, was a Toronto-based urban explorer, fountaineer, writer and founder of the urban exploration zine Infiltration: the zine about going places you're not supposed to go. He was also a prominent author and editor for YIP magazine,as well as its website, Yip.org. Chapman attended York University in the early 1990s and later studied book and magazine publishing at Centennial College. He went on to serve as Editor at History Magazine and as Director of the Toronto Architectural Conservancy board. Chapman died of cholangiocarcinoma on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 — three years after a successful liver transplant at Toronto General Hospital (a location he loved to explore). He was 31 years old. Source: Wikipedia: Ninjalicious
Toronto's own late Jeff Chapman (a.k.a. "Ninjalicious") published his first printed issue of Infiltration, "The zine about going places you're not supposed to go," in 1996. Though Toronto may not live in the imagination of people around the world, Chapman made this city's sewers famous for his global readers. His work lives on in Access all Areas, his book published just before his death to cancer in 2005, and at infiltration.org. Source: Shawn Micallef: Getting to know Toronto's sewers
Under the alias Ninjalicious is where Jeff made his biggest mark. In his early twenties he spent long periods of time in the hospital battling various diseases. Often bored, he and his IV pole would go exploring the hospital, investigating the basement, peaking behind doors, looking for interesting rooms and equipment. It was here his love for the under explored side of buildings developed, and upon returning to health he created Infiltration – the zine about going places you’re not supposed to go. Infiltration has had a profound influence on urban exploration in Toronto and around the world, as evidenced by the hundreds of tributes left for him in the Urban Exploration Resource forum. Ninjalicious had a strong code of ethics which he promoted, including no stealing or vandalizing while exploring. Issue 1, all about Ninj’s beloved Royal York Hotel, was published in 1996, and the zine was continually published throughout the years ending most recently with Issue 25: Military Leftovers. Source: Sean Lerner: Torontoist: Death of a Ninja
About ten years ago I was in a Toronto bookshop and found a copy of Infiltration. Subtitled “the zine about going places you’re not supposed to go”, it was devoted to the escapades of the author, Jeff Chapman — or “Ninjalicious”, to use his nom de plume — as he explored the many off-limits areas in famous Toronto buildings such as the Royal York hotel, CN Tower, or St. Mike’s Hospital. In each issue, Chapman would pick a new target and infiltrate it — roaming curiously around, finding hilarious secrets, then describing it with effervescently witty delight. Chapman had the best prose of any zine author I’ve read anywhere. Many zinesters are clever, of course, but Chapman wrote with a 19th-century literary journalist’s attention to detail; nothing escaped his notice, from the relative fluffiness of the towels in executive lounges to the color of the rust pools in a mysterious, hangar-sized room buried below Toronto’s subway system. Source: Clive Thompson: Collision Detection: R.I.P. “Ninjalicious” — the founder of urban exploration
infiltrationThe zine about going places you're not supposed to go, like tunnels, abandoned buildings, rooftops, hotel pools and more. Source: Infiltration
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cancon what is it that attracts you to going where you're not suppposed to go? Ninjalicious Healthy human curiousity about the workings of the world I live in, of course. I mean, it's free, it's fun and it hurts no one. A harder-to-answer question would be: why doesn't everyone? cancon what are the tools of your trade? Ninjalicious Usually I travel very lightly, with a pen, paper, a Swiss army knife, a camera and a flashlight. That's about all the equipment I need to have a good time in 90% of the places I visit. I take along more specialized equipment -- such as rubber boots or various props -- for specific targets. Source: Cancon Interview with James Hörner
This house was on land which was taken over for the road changes in Alliston, for the Honda plant.Abandoned Farmhouse 271986004 Abandoned Farmhouse 271991865 Abandoned Near Alliston 271986289 Coming to the Farmhouse 271986261 Empty Farmhouse 271986137 Farmhouse 271986170 Farmhouse Front Door 271986078 Farmhouse Side View 271986208 Farmhouse Side View 271986238 Front Farmhouse 271986113 Weedy Farmhouse 271986039
335 Yonge St., Toronto is gone now. The former Reynolds Block/ Edison Hotel from the 1950's,  from the 1970's and thena more recent photo before the fall of one outside wall followed by the fire which finished it. In the photos it seems to be called the Edison Hotel but most of the news sources referred to it as the Empress Hotel. Empress Hotel335yonge fromthe50s70sagain fromthe70sbeforefallingfire335yonge
These photos are from two different trips to see this house. The first time I could not cross the field, past the barn. So my photos were taken from far back. But I did get a few photos of the crumbled shed and the actual house peeking around the barn. Later I went back and walked to the house. It had a wonderful front door. Odd, but there were doors on three sides of the house. Inside was a lot of storage, turned to junk from animals, weather, etc. This house went down sometime early this year, 2015, or possibly late in 2014. A Car in the Field 277822619 Broken Panes 294964647 Farmhouse by Highway 400 277822603 Farmhouse in the Distance 277822517 Farmhouse near Cookstown 277822536 Porch at the Back 294965663 Shed on the Farm 277822688 Side view 294964007 The Backside 294964361 The Doorless Side 294963702 The Fancy Front Door 294965036 The Front 294965410 The Old Farmhouse off Hwy 400 277822495 Through the Window 294965976 Tumbled Shed 277822576 Wrecked Shed 277822646
I still think of this house as the one with the best face (it looked like a face to me). I think this is the second house I explored, but not on my own. I've taken three different people/ groups to visit here. The last time (with the group) the house was demolished. That was sad. This was also from 2006. I will add more photos from the other visits I made over the years while the house stood. ž [caption id="attachment_46280" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46281" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46282" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46283" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46284" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46285" align="aligncenter" width="679"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46286" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46287" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46291" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption] [caption id="attachment_46292" align="aligncenter" width="800"]ž ž[/caption]
I'm beginning to upload my photos from Flickr. Trying to sort them by location. This is the first abandoned house I visited on my own. These are from 2006. At some point I lost track of my original full sized photos for the first three of these. I will have them burned to a disk if I find it. The house is long ago demolished. I didn't get back for more photos in time. But, that was early on, when I thought it would be around a long time.houseonhill 236926880 I had to crawl under the gate to get up to the house. There was a big space underneath so it wasn't hard. I still don't go to places past the point I can easily get in. But, it is sometimes hard to resist a closer look. I love the old buildings themselves. Going inside is less interesting than seeing the outside details. Too often the inside doesn't have much left to see, except a lot of trash (or trashed by vandals). When I explored here I was using my first digital camera. I didn't know about memory - how much I would need. I didn't have a memory card because I assumed the memory in the camera would be plenty. It was pretty close... I ran out of memory just at the point I would have taken a look at the back of the house. I still walked around, just didn't get photos. After my adventure I was feeling pretty happy and thought I'd come back again to finish getting photos. I crawled back under the gate, got to my car... no keys. I had put them in my pocket but they fell out somewhere along the way. Luckily for me they were just at the gate. Likely fell out when I was leaving. I learned quite a lot about urban exploring from my first time. Most of all, I learned not to count on any place still being there the next time around. doorway 236926868chair 236926847Just More Broken Windows 294950629 More from the Big House 294951708 Side View of the Hill House 294950921 Side View of the Hill House 294951287