Julian Montague – The Stray Shopping Cart Project
Next time you see a shopping cart in the wild, will you document it? I have taken a couple of photos but I don’t think I ever posted them. Shopping carts are a very urban/ suburban thing. Something overlooked and yet they turn up in so many places. I’ve never taken one home myself. Once, I did bring a cart all the way to the end of the parking lot where I caught the bus. Just once… maybe twice. But, I had a lot of groceries that day – they were heavy and I didn’t want to miss the bus.
Somewhere in Scotland. What an interesting little place. Likely the tales of ghosts and witches were based on suspicion/ fear and just trying to keep people from getting hurt in there. Now it’s locked. What a sad, and yet sensible, ending.
There must have been (or still are) other places like this. Is it even a well? Seems an odd structure to use for water, wouldn’t it get stagnant without some sunlight and air flow?
Below is the Red Well, said to date from Roman times, also said to be haunted by an old lady ghost and to be aligned for sunrise sunbeams on the summer solstice. I lived in Whitehills for a short time as a child and remember the beehive shaped building being called ‘the witch’s hoosie’ and kids shutting each other in there for ‘fun’. It’s now locked.
Source: going coastal – Ailish Sinclair
via – Quora.
How would you answer the question, for yourself or for others? It’s not so easy to pinpoint why I like abandoned places. I think this is the best I have done at trying to come up with a concrete answer that makes sense and isn’t too much on the flowery side.
Something between proving we have a history, the endurance of what we have created and the mystery and sadness of what has been left behind.
(Reposted from the screen capture because sometimes software mangles image files).
Here’s something you probably haven’t thought to look for, calligraphy or hand made lettering. Not just for the written page but chiseled into stone or carved into wood or painted onto walls. Where else? Visit the blog and see what you may have been missing. (It’s typography when it’s machine made lettering, calligraphy when it’s created by hand).
Source: Calligraphy as Seen From my Bicycle – Calligraphy in old churches and other places as seen during cycling tours around Europe. By Wlodek Fenrych.
Not in Ontario, but, if you take a trip into Quebec it will be nice to have a list of places to see. There must be a great list of places in Quebec City too. Of course, there is the possibility that some of them will be gone before you get there. I found the Restaurant Chez Clo (#10 on the list) is already gone when I looked at the Google Street View link. You can still see it from overhead on Google Earth. But it magically disappears when you go in for a close up to Street View.
With all of the new construction going up around Montreal, it’s easy to forget about the city’s rich history. But Montreal has a long legacy of fascinating buildings that have been abandoned for various reasons. Here are ten of the coolest ones to check out.
1. Silo No. 5 – Pointe-du-Moulin
2. Brock Street Tunnel – Rue St-Antoine and Rue Beaudry
3. CN Wellington Control Building – Near Rue Smith and Rue Murray
4. Omnipac – 6240 Avenue du Parc
5. Blue Bonnets Raceway – 7440 Boulevard Decarie
6. Jenkins Brothers Steel Co. – Between Avenue Georges V and Ave 1re
7. CN Fruit Warehouse – 500 Rue Bridge
8. Dow Brewery – 990 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
9. The Negro Community Centre/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre – 2035 Rue Coursol
10. Restaurant Chez Clo – 3199 Rue Ontario Est
Source – 10 Abandoned Buildings In Montreal Worth Exploring | MTL Blog.
I took a look at that church/ community centre. Google’s images are from 2012, the post from the MTL Blog was from 2014 so no telling what shape that’s in now, if it’s still there. I noticed something interesting on top of the roof. I thought they were butterflies, but possibly not.
I watched several urbex videos on YouTube tonight. Funny, but most mentioned this or that type of place was an urban explorer’s dream. None of the places they were talking about were any dream of mine. THIS place (see photo above) is more like my dream place. I could spend the day noticing and photographing all the details.
Even better having been photographed just after the rain. Old houses look great on rainy, cloudy days.
This photo comes from Flickr, Nicolas Auvinet. I moderate an urbex group there (other than my own Ontario and Canadian groups) which had this photo submitted for review.
Wish I could step into the photo without the need of paperwork, airplanes and all the rest. Just pack up my backpack, put on my boots and step through.
But, I can use a copy of the photo as my desktop wallpaper. At least I can see it again that way.
This is not preserving history. It looks like a skin graft that didn’t take. A mask to be taken off when the party is over. I haven’t noticed anything like this before, but, I’m not living in Toronto these days.
Worse than demolition? I don’t know. I doubt something left like this will be maintained with the same effort as the newer building which really is part of the structure. How likely is the old facade to be left to crumble away when it really isn’t needed. Just an attempt at making peace with local historians.
This is why I love the photographs of the original places. It is sad that photographic technology hasn’t always had all the options for colour and detail which we have now. Yet, what will people a hundred years from now think of our obsolete images? Nothing can really be preserved, it can only be kept a little longer.
London is filled with grafted facades, nearly two-dimensional artifacts held in place while updated buildings are constructed behind them; many seem to haphazardly half-disguise the boring new stru…
Source: Saving Face: ‘Ghost Facade’ Preservation Worse Than Demolition? | Urbanist
Posted for Inktober but I think it’s great as an abandoned house. I especially like the rain. Rainy days tend to be great for photographing old places. At least they are for me. I worry about the camera and it isn’t easy trying to keep the raindrops from the lens, but I still like the rainy days best.
Source: Ello | rachelkatstaller
Are you an urban explorer or a thrill seeker? I think it comes down to the camera you use and why you take photographs.
Are your photos more about proving you were there or getting a better look at what you’ve seen?
I pick my camera for the zoom up feature. I want to get a closer view of things I can’t access (due to distance, obstacles, ethics, etc.). I’m not hanging, one-armed, from a crane taking photos of my feet in mid-air. I like a camera which picks up colours, has a sharp focus and can handle being out in the rain on occasion. But, zoom comes first.
Why did you pick your camera? Does the camera really matter as long as it’s easy to carry and pull out for a quick photo?
Another way to tell if you’re an explorer is how you handle questions about what you’re doing.
If someone approaches you at the location do you run away or have a conversation with them? Even the police and security will chat and often leave you alone if you explain you’re just taking photographs and being careful not to cause damage or get hurt. If you hide and run away – there’s a reason for that. Either you want the thrill of escaping “the law” or you were there for the thrill and don’t want to get caught vandalizing or doing something else you shouldn’t have been doing.
Someone asked me why I explore and I’ve never found a good, single, solid reason. But, I know I don’t explore for the thrill. The element of danger, knowing I’m on private property, those are the things I don’t like about exploring. Those are the things which keep me from getting closer when I’d like to see more of a place.
For me the thrill is finding the old place, looking at the weathered buildings, the details in stonework, and trying to show what I’m feeling in a photograph. I don’t want to prove I was there but I do want to share what I have seen. I want to preserve it so others can see the places as I found them.