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zine-xplorzine -xpl ISSUE #2 -xplorzine-CREDITSFront cover by: Robart Bizarre Back cover and credit backpage:UEC/James Ortiz The work of Robart Bizarre E/N/D interview by Anna TawniDollPhotography Dustin Thompson photography Forest fern creations UEC Photographer James Ortiz Ceme-terry photographer Rock smiley by Lisa Albanese Modeling in abandoned places The adventures of Rurex Wroque photography World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert Rail yard ghost Flatland amatuer photography Sara Hess photography Immortal dreams Robart Bizarre I have always had a camera but only decided to take photography seriously about ten years ago. I must have photographed everything from landscapes, models and weddings but my passion is the type of images that I make now. I’m not an intrepid urbexer, more like a part time one. I like to find locations that will suit the images I like to make, sometimes taking the props with me and shoot on location. Apart from photography, my other passion is Photoshop and I will regularly use images from multiple shoots to make one image. Why do I do it? Because I love it and if others like my work too then that makes me even happier. I get lots of ideas from movies, other artists and everything around me. I am constantly thinking of the next image. I like to get a feeling and atmosphere in my images so others can experience it too. I always remember watching hammer horror movies and lots of 80’s horror movies. I think all those movies stuck in my mind and never left me. My photography and use of photoshop has help me reincarnate my memories from horror movies I watched as a child and teenager. Robart Bizarre Robart Bizarre 500px.com/robertarmstrong www.facebook.com/RobartBizarre www.facebook.com/RobertArmstrongNewcastle E/N/D interview Feb 2015 By:Anna Anna: So How long has E/N/D been together? Ralph: This lineup? About a year, but really in one form or another since 2007. Anna: What inspires you to use theatrics? Ralph: I have always been obsessed with theatric bands, I think it’s la; zy of a band not to be a little theatric. My all-time hero, Alice Cooper, was the first theatric musician I fell in love with ever since I saw him on the Muppet show when I was like five years old and he blew my tiny little mind. And since I’m a child of the 70’s, KISS of course was a huge visual influence. I had a babysitter that made me watch their movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, and I was both terrified and completely entranced. So ever since that young age, I’ve always thought bands should be a larger than life, comic-book-esque phenomenon. I think it’s lazy when a band performs without at least some aesthetic or theatric element; I don’t want to just see guys in their blue jeans and sports jerseys onstage. I don’t think of music as a purely aural thing, it has a visual component that I think deserves to be expressed. Not that everyone needs to dress up like GWAR or Slipknot, or Skinny Puppy, but when the visual element supports the lyrical and musical content, it adds a whole other element that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Anna: How would you describe the sound of the new E/N/D album? Ralph: The sound of the new E/N/D album is maybe more stripped down; it’s a little less overwrought. I tried to make it sound more consistent sonically, in terms of using repeated synth sounds and guitar tones, and more like an actual band was playing. I tried to keep more of a punk-ish feel to it, or at least what I think of as punk, and give it a little more of a live-band sound by, say, recording amped up guitars and not fucking with the sound rather than recording them direct like I did on the last LP. Even though the drums are still sequenced drum machine sounds, I used more natural sounds rather than the more electronic sounds I used on the last record, so it’s more in the direction of, like, Big Black or the Austerity Program than more modern industrial style stuff. With Jon playing live and adding a live drum sound, I wanted the recording to reflect that but still have the mechanical, drum machine feel. And Jon added additional percussion to the recordings so the two have blended. Content-wise, I think it’s a little more aggressive than the earlier E/N/D stuff. The previous stuff is still aggressive, but it seems like the new recordings feel a little more frustrated and pissed off. Anna: What bands influenced you growing up? Jon: Growing up. tallica… Well, Balzac, um…. AFI, Dream Theater, Me- No. 1138: When I was a teenager? Faith No More, a lot of King Diamond, some classic rock influences like Steppenwolf, some stuff like that, lots of rock and hair metal influence in my younger years. Ralph: For me, growing up, first and foremost I guess Alice Cooper, he will always be huge to me. I still have a copy of Marvel Premiere #50, Alice’s first comic appearance. But early-on I wasn’t a big rock-n-roll kid, I mostly listened to whatever was on the radio, like all the classic 80’s pop stuff, which I suppose is as much of an influence as anything. I still really, non-ironically, love the music of the 80’s. It’s probably where I first fell in love with synths, and watching early videos on MTV of bands like Devo, or Gary Numan. As I got older, as a teenager, I used to hang out with a buddy and help him make skate videos on VHS. I’ve never been coordinated enough to skate, but I loved watching it. He was big into the punk/alternative stuff at the time, this would’ve been like the early 90’s, and he’d hook me up with mix tapes of Black Flag, the Dayglo Abortions, Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedy’s. He had an older brother that had an epic record collection. This guy was big into punk and had a ton of punk records, and we’d record his records on mix tapes, because he had a stereo with a tape deck attached. I would go through his LP’s and 7-inch’s and when I found the Misfits, I was sold. He had copies of Earth AD and Walk Among Us, and it totally clicked with me because here was the punk sound that I was getting into at the time but it incorporated the theatric look that has always appealed to me. Then everything changed once again when I discovered Nine Inch Nails for the first time, and a little later, through zines and interviews and stuff, I’d see Skinny Puppy’s name pop up, and even though I was late to the party with Skinny Puppy, and didn’t really discover their music until the Process, it was to become a lifelong obsession. The early-to-mid 90’s were really my formative music years, and listening to stuff like Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Front Line Assembly, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails, along with the aforementioned bands, has really defined my musical taste to this day. That’s kind of what I’m, not trying to sound like, but it’s my inspiration for the electronic stuff I’m doing today. No.1138: You just totally described my life from, like, year 17 to year 19. Ralph: Yeah, it seems like whatever you like from the time your 16 to 18 will be whatever you like forever. You’ll discover a few new bands along the way, and everything, and think ‘wow this is badass’, but I don’t think anything will ever really have the same impact afterwards in terms of total obsession. Anna: What kind of movies did you guys enjoy watching, growing up? Ralph: Cheesy horror, sci fi… Mostly sci fi. Ralph: Yeah! Beulah! It Conquered the World… Best movie monster of all time. Anything Paul Blaisdell made for AIP was so awesome… I loved anything horror or sci fi. I was lucky enough to grow up during that era of horror movies where they were like comic books, and the villain was really the anti-hero. Nobody cared about the one-dimensional, cardboard teenagers running from the villain, because you really rooted for, like, Pinhead, Pumpkinhead, or the puppets from the Puppetmaster movies. But I really was more into sci fi. Dune and Blade Runner are probably my all time favorite movies. And I eventually went to film school, where I got into, like, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kenneth Anger, David Lynch, etc… Jon: I didn’t really watch movies, I never really had a TV, or... Ralph: You just played with a rock and a stick like Gene Simmons as a kid. Anna: What makes E/N/D stand out compared to other bands right now? Ralph: Um... maybe the fact that every single time we play, something breaks down and goes calamitously wrong? We’re like the ultimate underdog, because the universe is trying so hard to prevent us from performing, but we keep picking ourselves up and trying again. I don’t know, anything I say will make me sound like a douchebag, here… I guess what would make us different, although there are many other bands that do this, is I think that we’re a blend of punk-y, like rock song structure, but really electronic heavy that doesn’t sound like the electronic-rock bands of the ninties, or doesn’t sound like dance-floor industrial, but it is contextually and thematically linked to that stuff… more lo-fi I guess? It sounds like a guy that lives in a warehouse trying to make a huge-sounding record on his computer with pirated software and whatever limited assets he has… No.1138: That was the douchebag-y thing, right there… Ralph: Ha! That’s what it is though! You know what it is? It’s like industrial/punk that’s not made by rich kids that can afford expensive synthesizers. No.1138: It’s low-grade, high-hope industrial... Ralph: Jon: That is what it is, that’ll be our genre… It’s cyberpunk! Anna: What is everyone currently listening to right now? Jon: Dir En Grey, Sukekiyo, Rentrer En Soi… whatever’s Japanese… No.1138: Faderhead, Psyclon Nine, any industrial and/or aggro bands hahaha Ralph: I’m listening to… whatever comes up on shuffle on my iPod I guess. I love the new Skinny Puppy album, Weapon, it’s amazing… the new NIN album, Hesitation Marks, is amazing… a lot of Throbbing Gristle, Youth Code, Big Black, Austerity Program… a bunch of Witch House stuff… and still a lot of late-period Black Flag, all the other stuff I mentioned earlier. I’ve been obsessing over Hardcore Devo Volumes 1 and 2 lately. Anna: If you could delete one song from your memory, what would it be? No.1138: That song by Robin Thicke! That song needs to go away. Ralph: Can I delete whole artists? Or years? Any of the rap-rock that was recorded between, like, 1999 and 2005. I would like to delete that entire genre. No.1138: Hey! I like some of those guys! Ralph: And you can like it, I’m not a fascist… I just want to delete it from my own mind. Anna: What advice would you give to today’s youth? Ralph: Oh my god. I don’t know, read Drudge Report, read the news… Understand just what dire straits the world is in right now, so that when you go and vote, you don’t vote for complete idiots… You know what I would tell today’s youth? Get outside. Everybody is so scrawny and pasty these days. Stop sitting inside, staring at little light-boxes, and, like, make mud-pies or something. Get dirty. No.1138: I have the same request I made on like the first Order of the Fly album: pull up your pants. I’m tired of staring at boxers and crack. I wanted it then, I want it now, pull up your pants. Ralph: Yeah, how did, like, bellbottoms go in and out of fashion in two or three years but we’re still talking about this? Go outside and pull up your fucking pants. Now that’s good advice. And eat healthy. And I’d also advice the youth of today to not do anything I did from the ages of, say, 18 to 25. No.1138: Yeah don’t play lacrosse. Ralph: No, DO play lacrosse! And stick with it. Don’t go to art school. Get a degree in engineering. Study the sciences. And whatever you do, don’t start a band. You Can check them out on Facebook and check out their videos on YouTube. Also be sure to check out the Artwork of Ralph Love on MySpace and always my fellow music lovers, Support your D.I.Y Bands and Artists. E/N/D TawniDollPhotography An abandoned wasteland decaying and left for those looking for a desolate adventure located in the California desert.Abandoned homes of those who just up and left,cars,trailers and memories.The water receding along with the California drought with a dustbowl looming in the future as ecologist fear for a bleak future and a state that cant decide the pros and cons of the situation. -xplorzine- Salton sea,CA image by Tawnidollphotography www.facebook.com/TawniDollPhotography https://www.facebook.com/TawniDollPhotography Dustin Thompson photography My name is Dustin Thompson and I was born and raised in Southern California. I have always loved photography. I was the one documenting adventures with friends using a simple point and shoot. My true passion with photography heightened with the purchase of my first DSLR, the Sony a55. It enabled me to take creative control over my images, even more so, when I moved up to the a99. It was like a new world had opened the door to my imagination. I love showing people things in a whole new way, always trying to think outside the box! Photography has given me so many unique opportunities, from shooting the gorgeous walls of Antelope Canyon and covering drifting events track side, to capturing the amazing life changes for people with engagement sessions, maternity shoots and weddings. I am so grateful that photography has come into my life. It has made me slow down and take a longer look at my surroundings. It has also revolutionized the way that I travel. Rather than just looking at things and taking the “general tourist” shot that has been taken a million times before. I am looking for unique angles and trying to take the road less traveled dustinthompsonphotography.com Dustin Thompson photography The other joys of traveling are my “I will follow her” photos. I was so inspired when I saw the work of a photographer named Murad Osmann where he follows his girlfriend around the world. So my girlfriend Vy, and I decided to try the shots for ourselves. It has really made traveling fun! A lot of our trips involve discussing how we are going to set up the shot on the way to our vacation activities and destinations. Photography has really made me appreciate beauty in all things. It has taught me how to see the same beauty in an old abandoned car in a field, as most people see in a beach sunset. It has also introduced me to amazing people all over the world. It is so exciting to be part of a community that is constantly pushing each other to excel, and is always working to exceed the boundaries. I have done my best to contribute to this circle, by sharing my knowledge, and creating a series of youtube photography tutorials, that can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/TheShutterSchool/ I would like to send a huge thank you out to my amazingly supportive parents, my wonderful and very patient girlfriend Vy, and to my friends and family for their encouragement and support of my passion for photography. I have really appreciated the opportunity to share my photography with you. To view more of my work, you can find me at: Dustinthompsonphotography.com Forest Fern Creations “My name is Anne and I am a mixed media assemblage jewelry maker and still life artist from Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Forest Fern Creations started in the autumn of 2012 as a creative outlet for me to share my love of plants, animals, history and earth science in one connective visual realm. I opened my Etsy shop after realizing I had created enough bone, plant, leather and salvaged supply jewelry to fill my own display racks thrice over. I work very hard to source the animal remains I use in my creations ethically, and many of the components used in my pieces are artisan-made beads, fabrics and materials that either myself or other artists have created. Selling 100% handmade goods to my customers insures that each and every piece is one of a kind, irreplaceable, and intrinsically unique. Find me on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Etsy under the name Forest Fern Creations”. UEC PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES ORTIZ How I ended here Growing up in my late teen years I had a fascination with the paranormal,reading what I could from the local library hearing from friends about haunted locations,urban legends etc...Going to local cemeteries with my point and shoots seeing what I could capture,to gravity hills.Today I still venture into Cemeteries for their beauty and angels,to fallen stones and weathered faces they hold a special place with me,cemetery exploration is keen to UE . I also got my start into Urbex with my love for graffiti,going with friends to different locations like underground tunnels to old factorys,and train yards. I really never bothered to bring cameras most of the time I just wanted to go and see these places.The words Urban exploration began to pop up on my random searches which led to sites like UER and random blogs.Seeing images of all the- abandonment really gave me the urge to want to get out and capture what I could find.So I started taking images with a hyped up point and shoot a nikon L110 with attached lenses and filters.After a year or so I upgraded to a Nikon D5100 and photography took over my life,hence the long searches via google maps and lurking on flickr and UER for places I could get into began. I can see how UE can look like an act of mischief,trespassing climbing into windows hoping fences but to me its a rush,for me to see what- few others have or to look into the passed of others and seeing what they left behind.Yeah these words have all been said before by countless urbexers.There is beauty in decay, in the lost memories of someones possessions.This is why I love Urban exploration,documenting, photography,with a peacefulness and sounds of your surroundings its meditation.Ive come to find tons of explorers world wide with amazing work from abandoned trains to power plants to abandoned castles and amazing underground networks.The internet is a mecca for UE.So be it a lonely house or a giant factory or abandoned farm UE is not about the most epic location for me,its about the explore,getting out and exploring your surroundings.You can find more of my work at Urban exploring California/facebook and on photographerjamesortiz.blogspot.com. Ceme-Terry Photographer I’ve been a photographer for almost 30 years here in Southern California. Adopting the nickname “Ceme-Terry Photographer,” as a play on my name, I started photographing cemetery art about 7 years ago as a means to keep my portfolio fresh and not have the same images as my counterparts behind the lens. As most people find my ‘hobby’ of stalking cemeteries and mausoleums creepy and weird I have come to find it soothing, relaxing and therapeutic. There is as much beauty in a cemetery as there is sorrow and sadness. From the sculptured angels and Irish crosses to the colorfully detailed stained glass windows to the haunting, thoughtful and sometimes funny epitaphs carved in the headstones. Terry Myers aka CemeTerry Photographer CemeterryPhotographer@myself.com ROCK SMILEY by Lisa Albanese I enjoy visiting cemeteries for their peacefulness and beauty, and mystery and history of those laid to rest. And I leave rock smileys on the graves that catch my eye as a sign of respect, and that someone cares. And hopefully they bring a little warmth, (and maybe a smile) to their loved ones, or anyone that happens to see them. --- I also like to think, that the souls laid to rest also feel the warmth. The rock smileys started a few years back as a pay it forward type of thing that a Facebook friend had started, and combined with the custom of leaving rocks on graves, I thought it would be a nice idea. According to Jewish customs, “Stones last for eternity - as opposed to the short life span of flowers. Like the memory our loved ones, stones will never die.” I also enjoying sharing my cemetery pictures with my taphophile (cemetery enthusiast) friends, and some of my other friends show an interest too. Sure, most of them seem to enjoy the graves of the celebrities the best, but the ones that mean the most to me are the old, broken, and forgotten graves. And thanks to the Internet, I am able to sometimes get a little history on these people, and share that too. I’ve learn a lot, and with each grave I look into, I become more appreciative of history and the human race. So many of these people have been long forgotten, and it shouldn’t be that way... Modeling in abandoned places with Stephanie Bale images by:FKImagery The adventures of Rurex Rurex pays his respects to guitar legend Randy Rhoads I have always been an artist and interested in creating. after being a sketch artist in my childhood and teens I finally decided to try my hand at tattooing. apprenticed and did that for a couple years. altho in my small town and and working for a studio I wasn’t making enough money to live off of so I got a full time job landscaping. not by choice just fell into it.. eventually I became good at my job and well it was steady money. I still tattooed here and there but it became more a hassle then anything. I thought maybe id sell flash designs and a buddy of mine hooked me up with my first copy of photoshop cs3.. so I had new inspiration while learning all the new ways to create wich led to deviant art and photo manipulation.. problem was everything I created had borrowed stock from other deviants and I had to credit everyone all the time. I wanted to own all rights to my images. so the next idea was I need to shoot my own stock.. started looking for a camera I could afford and at the time I bought a Nikon p500, not a dslr and started to learn how to use it shooting self portraits and poses for manipulations and in between I started shooting everything just for the practice.. This led me to just fall in love with photography in itself. but I had some particular interests. I was attracted to rust and cemetery photography. I allways loved cemeteries tho and wished I had cool pics to hang and use in my works so that was- natural.. but I really loved rust and decay and composing it as an artistic shot. the textures for manipulations is what led to this passion but I ended up just loving the images as they were,so being on deviant art and searching things like decay and such I came across shots of urbex.. now I had another passion,to explore these type of places.. so these are my main three interests to shoot altho I will still shoot anything that catches my eye just so or makes me feel something.. to me its all about the feeling and trying to convey that in a shot,not that the viewer has to feel the same thing tho.,but as long as they felt something then I am happy. cemeteries its all about the feeling or aura of the place. Im not so much about the history and such.. but the image and how the place felt when I was there . I like black and white as well as color,my thing is I shoot in color and let the image tell me later in post how it wants to look.. sometimes it needs to be converted to b&w to express the feeling it conveys. other times it needs to be over processed or overcooked. and other times its simple with minor tweaks. . I wish I had more time to explore some cooler places as ive seen on the interwebs lol. but full time work keeps me from traveling around much. so I go where I can when I can.. hoping this summer will allow me to explore more. but if not then its rust and such, I allways had a love for the- Wrouqephotography Wrouqephotography Wrouqephotography darker side of things. and that comes across in my images a lot. beauty in the dark and decay Wroquephotography can be found in the following places wroquephotography.deviantart.com www.facebook.com/Wrouqephotography photographerjamesortiz.blogspot.com Waiting for the next issue.... -xplorzine- World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert “Great Train Graveyard, Bolivia” Just outside of Uyuni, gateway to Bolivia’s salt flats, lies a train graveyard. British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century built the train lines and formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The rail construction started in 1888 and was encouraged by then Bolivian President Aniceto Arce, who believed Bolivia would flourish with a good transport system, but the local indigenous people, who saw it as an intrusion into their lives, constantly sabotaged it. Mining companies mostly used the trains but, in the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned. Due to the corrosive nature of the salt in the air, the trains have rusted and deteriorated at a rapid rate. “Great Train Graveyard, Bolivia” Jeremiah Gilbert Bio Jeremiah Gilbert is a college professor, photographer, and avid traveler. To date he has been to over fifty countries spread across five continents. Through his work with models, both in studio and on location, he has been internationally published in both digital and print publications. His blog, photo portfolio, and travel tales can be found at www.jeremiahgilbert.com. The Rail Yard Ghosts are a band of travelers,using all sorts of instruments in there music,riding trains and the freedom one gets is all in the lyrics.Make sure to check out this amazing band and download/buy there merch and support.Go give a listen at railyardghosts.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/railyardghosts Flatland Amatuer Photography Flatland Amatuer Photography Explorer,photographer Richard Cockerill captures Myrnam,Alberta and surrounding area’s in his adventures through his beautiful landscapes.Photography and reading are some of semi retired Cockerill’s hobbies,his work can be found on his website and other pages. Flatland Amatuer Photography/facebook Ghost town hunters/facebook Sara Hess photography Make sure to check out Sara’s work on her facebook page Sara Hess photography/facebook. -xplorzine- Sara Hess photography Manteno State Hospital By Immortal Dreams In 1927 the State of Illinois purchased just over 1,000 acres of land to construct Manteno State Hospital. It took a few years to build, but the first patients arrived at MSH in December 1930. The hospital survived as its own community consisting of a police force, fire department, farming community, restaurant, bakery, utilities service, and administrative complex, all with miles of paved roads within the complex. From July 1939 to December of that same year, a typhoid outbreak occurred killing 60 patients. After 55 years of service, in 1983 then Governor Jim Thompson ordered it closed. The last patient left MSH on December 31, 1985 and MSH forever closed. Since then many of the cottages have been demolished, cleared away to make room for houses. The Veteran’s purchased a large piece of the property and currently operate their hospital on the premises. Very little remains of the original Manteno State Hospital. One attraction is the Morgan Cottage. One of the few remaining cottages left empty and decaying. Many paranormal investigators have spent hours inside here trying to hear the voices of the past, and to try to find proof of what still lingers. One of the most famous patients was Gennie Pilarski. She was only 25 years old when her parents had her committed. Their reason, she wanted to move away, out of their house, attend school and live on her own. Because of this, she spent over 50 years at MSH. She endured many years of electric shock therapy, well over 100 treatments. Besides this, she endured insulin coma treatments, hydrotherapy and there are rumors she even survived a lobotomy. The once intelligent woman who attended the University of Illinois majoring in chemistry, was now a mere shell of her own self. -xplorzine- In the bottom right side of the window you can see what appears to be a ghost/skeleton at the Manteno State Hospital in Manteno, Illinois. Below:Orb image captured by Immortal dreams Right manifestation/mist forming BY IMMORTAL DREAMS Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery Located By Immortal Dreams in Midlothian,Illinois. It’s considered one of the top 10 haunted cemeteries. It’s long been the source of many urban legends, including the hook hand killer, and the lagoon being the dumping ground for Al Capone and his gangsters. Burials first took place here in the mid 1800’s, with the last occurring in 1989. One of the most famous and largest headstones is the Fulton stone. Hundreds of people leave gifts at the infant grave near the Fulton stone, its supposed to bring good luck for those that do. In the 60’s, teenagers used the area as sort of a Lover’s Lane with their dates. This also led to much vandalism, and unfortunately very few headstones remain of the original cemetery. Some were stolen, never to return, others thrown into the nearby lagoon. Countless groups of paranormal investigators visit the cemetery regularly in hopes of capturing the most famous resident, “The Madonna of Bachelor’s. Grove”. Find more from Immortal dreams on facebook. Prepared by MagCloud for James Ortiz. Get more at nikonbob1.magcloud.com.