Month: February 2014

Final Shoot and Final Image Editing

The Originals

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After looking at the scene I had selected such an area as seen above as the route for my final place of photographing! Not only has the understanding that the setting is if an importance because if what it suggests to the imagery it is the close relation that it has aloud Mother Nature to take over a man made building as well as then encouraging my nude self to be included! The notion of using I think the same approach as in Birmingham with the idea of using the scene to play out a movement! When thinking about this it could be possible to experiment with multimedia and have it almost playing on a slideshow! Furthermore I am disappointed at how many images there was in the final result to play with! Again enough to work with luckily’ however looking at the images themselves the quality isn’t that great and with the notion of allowing the epic landscape and beaut to be such an important aspect of the imagery I wanted to encourage a balance tone as well as elaborating on such detail of the setting! Te reason for this is because detail is key in regards to this setting with the landscape playing a large role in regards to emphasising the vulnerability I wanted to really bring forward it’s sharpness!

For these images I felt that the colour tones as well as the detail needed to be bumped up! For the understanding that the images need to portray such depth with detail in order to allow the environment to create and enhance it’s power and encourage such vulnerability in comparison to my small self! Although not particularly in such large scale of the environment I do believe works well!

In regards to the editing I wasn’t happy with the image quality nor the tones and contrast for the images it’s safe to say that there needs to be some tweaking in order to make the image more of an beautiful setting although the image is there it’s attraction needs to be enhanced in order to employ such emotion and such power to the environment!

To do such alterations I first started the tweaking with the original image that has no me in it opening this in camera raw! The white balance I altered I changed to custom and played with the tones! Altering and levelling so the greens became more darker and less blue! The image needs to appeal and the more the image is of beauty the more it draws you in! And this is what I need mainly because regardless of myself moving around the scene the background is strong and stays the same! And this the detail needs to also be enhanced!
After this I opened the image into photoshop then added several altered layers Ie brightness and contrast, levels as well as curves! These I altered enhancing such tones and creating more of a realistic colouration!

The next stage was to select all layers, then duplicate and merge them together allowing the original layers as well as now having a combined layer to work from! After this I duplicated again and turned this into a high pass later which was then masked and painted into the scene creating more detail and a stronger image! However enhanced to a level that it almost creates a dream like level of sharpness! The reason for this is because it draws such attention to detail as well as making the image quiet romantic! Following this I then duplicated the background image 10 times on the opened ten images which have myself in! Each photoshop file with the individual image has now the original with myself in as well as the modified backgrounds! The originals then where altered using layers but not to much that it distorted but enough to add a natural As well as almost a cold coloration because I wanted to emphasis such feeling of cold! Turning this then like before duplicated then merged followed by masking! This is to then hide all areas of the scene and for quickness as well as matching to the original scene I pained myself in! Overall then a simple sharpness added for my own body!

The Final Pieces

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The Final Piece Look

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Final Shoot



First Shoot – The Surrounding Landscape

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I took it upon myself to explore the area first with my camera to get an understanding of the scale and what was being offered by the building! First approach was of two large gates and on first sight it was unable to be seen further exploring With myself and my assistant further through the gate and then continuing up after grass and forest until we found it! On first seeing the building I was almost excited as to see how nature has overtaken with its power of trees and other plantation. On second glance I was almost uncertain and at this point as looking at the research there was much to offer as one look as if it was ancient ruins like building also has a romantic feel to me to the building we noticed that there was a great deal left to explore coming for several buildings with many other floors. With nothing more than the building shell left it was almost exciting to then see how such details still prevailed through just the walls. It was almost stagelike and also unnatural to see certain aspects of the building still remaining four example on the second floor there was a fireplace it was attached to the wall where is everything else was gone. Exploring building further across the room seen on my research when With almost several arches and a tree to one area there is another part such interest was because I found that as I need further back away from the more more more of the same became revealed the larger scale of this enabled me comparison to myself included in the moon we see such scaring vulnerability as well as the landscape showing its power and force through it’s overtaking of the human landscape. Not only has this building got the opportunity for me to shows such flammability because of had a landscape has taken over there is such a vast space for me to work in the notion is produced 10 images all different and unique yes still continuing to feel the same and show such response of the vulnerability through the use of oneself. Furthermore as I approach further and deeper into the scene I came across much more and arches and rooms however the look didn’t seem to have such the same effect or feel! I can honestly say that this room was the reason that I came such a building but as I began to explore and much deeper at what had to offer there was nothing more that I could do! For me the fact that this was a room that needed attention from my photographic Portrayal! Below is a much further look into the building!

Second Shoot – Exploring the Grounds

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The building has so much potential and so much to offer for a photographer I was almost overwhelmed as to what I was witnessing furthermore there are so many rooms that could individually allow me to create 10 different images however personal approach as well as personal opinion suggested that it was best to create such a film attempt for this because although there was at least three or four different rooms which could offer different photographic Approaches and feels i need to 10 images that could allow such strength and understandably although there was so many other rooms in different layouts if I was to produce 10 images from such a scene they will all have different qualities and I need to 10 images there was strong not only photographically but as a series all ten needed to be of a quality that didn’t let the idea down it allowed any weakness! As well as equally fluent unfortunately all of the different angles could produce different looks however there wasn’t as such strong rooms is the one that I was witnessing this room lets particularly take my interest will be shown furthermore in the next blog.

Final Shoot Plan

I have really taken to such a setting and I have aimed to use this as my final shoot idea! The reason for such confidence is because the area not only will slow such a scale to work with (the sublime affect almost) but allows such power of nature to be seen as it’s taking offer such a man made building as well as the notion of involving myself within the nude to enhance such vulnerability through decay as well as also using it as a place to wonder!

Previously looking at the Birmingham shoot I noticed that the idea of the final ten images and it’s project never has been suggested I think thought the project I aimed to get the scene so right I hoped the rest would follow! I think personally the use f creating a scene within such a setting will allow the vulnerability to be further encouraged almost creating a set of film stills!

I would struggle with creating 10 images of similar settings and themes in this notion however if I was to create such films stills and interpret the vulnerability the sublime as well as the lonely this would be much easier and much more beneficial for the final piece to look this way!

My plan is to travel to Lincolnshire and photograph this place there is also other asylums and abandoned building in this county so I shall add them To the road trip and attempt them just in case!

Like previous there is health and safety issues that need to be addressed because of such delegate building however through research the access is available and there is no current blocking or board wring up such building I looking at the images on current websites I will need the equipment of my tripod especially if I am photographing almost like film stills of movement the background must stay the same!

Experimental Shoot – Birmingham – Decaying Building

The Building

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Here I decided to just get a few shots of the building first before I went ahead and photographed. The reason for this was the access wasn’t easy with the builders on sight giving me access for only ten mins as they wasn’t aloud to give access to anyone other than other colleges I took the chance to just get as much of the building as I could. The reason for this was for not just the project but the building with history such as its own really interests me thus the fact I had visited such building in its last condition before its full demolish was something which made me happy. Further more after such studio plan at the beginning of the project to get an understanding of the best ways to approach the nude without being to the exposure that is unacceptable, with this It wasn’t the notion that realistically thinking such positions which could be suggested as seductive wouldn’t even be considered with this setting mainly because I felt it was unacceptable but also the positioning could only rely on the area itself rather than previous thoughts.

After looking at the building I thought I could have access to the other building which seemed to be scaled much larger to this one. However due to asbestos the access regardless if i could have got in without access was personally something I didn’t want to approach especially due to health harms asbestos can cause. However The image below was an area of the building that Allowed access through image of the main area of the building as well as the backgrounds detail. The plan for the images wasn’t really set out as I wasn’t particular sure of what was available for me especially as I wasn’t sure of the buildings existence as well as access. Now I have realized that I had gained access I didn’t really have time to particularly plan the whole images direction I needed to get the nude photographs most importantly as this was the only aspect as well as the vulnerability attempt of portrayal as the background to my images approach. Understandably the direction of small connections to the sublime was no longer considerable as the scale of the place was average and the use of myself in the image was minor. However knowing that the project needed 10 or more images the best approach I could think of on the top of my head was to set up my tripod and photograph myself in different areas of this composition creating almost a circuit of movement that myself had used. Understandably looking at this idea if in final print could becoming confusing to the audience however thinking quickly it was the understanding that the images show vulnerability through the nude as well as the derelict and decayed scene and the the loneliness and vulnerability to such movement around the scene as well as the nude and my positioning of the area.


Chosen Approach



My Approach


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Unfortunately the images where done so quickly because of panic in ensuring I got something have become over exposed. At the time I set up the camera to such exposure levels that where equal however from the transition to taking the first image to the final image the light got brighter and understandably then detail became lost. However this was an error that should ave easily been corrected regardless of nudity excuses and lack of time its something that can possibly be corrected as I have an original shot and thus using Photoshop I could rely on the image and introduce it as an overlay to re correct the exposures setting. nevertheless I expected more images yet Its obvious I got what I needed and realistically looking so far all shots have been limited with the amount of images taken. Normally I could say the more the better. the more means you have images to fall back on just in case. However currently this is something that has been struggled with. I am grateful of the lads who let me in however I do wish i had more time to capture the scene.


Now looking at this shoot the understanding of lack of planning I would say I was successful in using what I had however lack of planning has led me to realize that regardless of the space being there or not and really relying on the existence of the places to be online and then luck I think using previous images found from those who have previously explored could allow some brief areas of image planning especially because then I can use what I have planned briefly and adapt to what then is found. However After this look to really think that its portray of the vulnerable is lacking and the imagery is to detailed to see the movement of myself and the use of the building. Taking this further speaking to the lads on sight about the idea and the initial approach of the project with the nude and the involvement with the original Nude and the Landscape they had said that the St. Johns Asylum in Lincoln was no longer accessible yet the understanding that there could be a natural and more nature taken approach a building called Nettleham Hall,they said the building was secluded and accessible.

I then Googled the place and the images I had witness had taken my heart and collapses all layers to this project and combines all approaches into one. Although not an original plan nor was it of a focus however I was astounded to the view and what could be accessed.

The link bellow shows the area as well as



Abandoned Research

Name County Closed Notes
St John’s, Bracebridge Heath Lincolnshire 1989 Part Converted/Part Derelict
Storthes Hall, Kirkburton Yorkshire 1991 Only Admin remains
North Wales Hospital, Denbigh Denbighshire 1995 Council have started CPO against owners
St Crispins, Duston[ Northamptonshire 1995 Part Converted/Part Derelict
St Mary’s, North Saltwick County Durham 1995 Main Buildings stripped. Outbuildings demolished
St Georges, Stafford, Staffordshire Staffordshire 1995 Demolition underway
Whittingham, Preston Lancashire 1995 Demolition underway
Rauceby, Sleaford Lincolnshire 1997 Original hine block derelict, very stripped. Rest converted
Severalls, Colchester Essex 1997 Planned demolition to start in 2014
St Andrew’s, Norwich Norfolk 1998 Some of annex to north remains and is grade 2* listed
St George’s, Morpeth Northumberland 1999 Awaiting demolition
Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth Breconshire 2000 Recent planning application to convert to housing refused.
St David’s Hospital, Carmarthen Carmarthenshire 2002 Council owned
Barrow Hospital, Barrow Gurney Somerset 2008 Only small part of admin & nurses accomodation remain. Under demolition
Goodmayes, Chadwell Essex 2012 Closed/Derelict
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (Shelton), Shrewsbury Shropshire 2013 Closed/Derelict

St Josephs Orphanage                                          



Closed/Under Demolition Small areas remain

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Partially Reconstructed. One building remains.

The selected areas in purple are the places which take interest in me. Bellow this comment is a look on the images of the destination. However right now the understanding that these have taken my interest is due to the notion that the scale of the places are large. however the inside holds such detailed areas of such past that the decayed relation to such historical and human related buildings is very interesting. Not only has previously such building have taken my interest on previous projects so  I think this would be a key inspiration to ensuring that the images are well planned because I really enjoy such approaches to photographing these buildings.

The buildings backgrounds hold so much importance to the images mainly because the involvement of such human decay especially with the asylum approach allows the understanding of the old and past decay as well as the new and vulnerable. Involving myself within these at such scale as hopeful will encourage vulnerability and the loss of such existence. The powerful building I think also encourages more of the contemporary approach as it will rely heavily on the man made landscape.

St John’s, Bracebridge Heath 

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Whittingham, Preston 

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Looking at the places above these have been selected because using Google Maps and using information on Derelict and Urban Exploring Websites these are the ones which seem still currently accessible. There could be the understanding that It could be risky traveling to the places and nothing being there. However currently I have such strong faith in the approach that I would happily accept this and take further approach. Call it a road trip if you will however I do believe and I am confident with that. I am just half way through the course for my final year and Currently I am at a stage in the project that if all fails there is a fall back to such natural areas of the landscape and the introduction to the comparison of the vulnerable and the nude.

Obviously such places would need access to therefor I am approaching such attempts to gain access through the phone and contact the owners of the ground however if all fails I shall travel and then assess the situations from there. Understandably the lecturers at my uni have not encourages such practice nor have they said that it is through their push for such an approach to my project.


Health and safety for such places will need to ensure that there should be legal access however not only this there should be the notion that I will not be traveling on my own as like previous all images have had the help of an assistant. But because of the travel as well as the places I wish to visit I will need to ensure that I have someone accompanying me. Other areas of the health and safety will be the obvious of protecting equipment as well as myself. Also getting naked there is so many health and safety areas that need to be considered for my own health. Nonetheless on such approaches I will take full care of hygiene and probably use a blanket or pads to ensure such contact with areas of areas will be limited.