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Xplorzine issue 4James Ortiz
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-xplorzineISSUE #4 Back issues ISSUE#1 ISSUE#2 ISSUE #3 If viewing the digital version of xplorzine highlighted areas direct you to photographers/artist pages be sure to click on links to view the rest of there great work. Xplorzine is always excepting submissions of Urbex work,cemetery shots digital arts and more to submit email email@example.com Special cemetery 5th issue next! make sure to like xplorzine on facebook FRONT COVER:oLDSKOOL BACK COVER:UEC CREDITS COVER: photographerjamesortiz.blogspot.com OLDSKOOL tiffanyharnedphoto Von Dreadful Monique Duncan photography Places that were Inphamous Stickyman Urbexland Marie Kriegaffe 9 ,Matthew Hampshire World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert Charles E Gilliam photography CemeTerry photography Mockingbird Photography - After Everyone Left Modeling in abandoned places-images by Flickr Batram FKIMAGERY The Devils schoolhouse I Started off in graffiti in the late 70’s which got me looking for abandoned buildings with walls to paint.quoted by Oldskool. Oldskool work varies has you can see on his flickr and facebook page to the wonderful landscapes to the abandoned places he has explored to macro photography.Be sure to find his work on flickr. UNDER Nikon Morris (paul morris aka Oldskool) photo by Oldskool tiffanyharnedphoto I am from Bridgewater NJ I have had a camera in my hand since i was 5 my parents taught me to use their Canon A1 back in the days of film. Since then i have stuck with Canon through the years and am now shooting with a Canon Rebel SL1 . I use a very basic gear set up a $20 bowman tripod, and a standard 58mm canon lens to shoot the majority of my pictures. Its not about how expensive your camera is its how you use the tools you have. I enjoy using available light, with a touch of Fire wire (steel wool) to liven up some of my images. Back when i was in high school in the late 1990’s my friends and i started exploring abandoned buildings we would read about in the old Weird NJ magazines. there wasn’t much more to do growing up in NJ. it was boring yet mostly abandoned back in those days. One of our favorite places to Urban Explore was The abandoned greystone mental institute that since has been demolished. I recently did 3 months on the road traveling around the USA with my year old Kitten who is leash trained (@winterkitten13) my car and my camera traveling off the beaten path through ghost towns and towns with populations of 23 or less. and staying off the grid. When i was younger i was scared of the dark and things that went bump in the night so i tended to only explore with friends. recently i got tired waiting around for people to have free time or the desire to urban explore so decided was time to over come a few of my fears and go on my own. now is a thrill i can’t get enough of. “I was never going to go, If i waited for someone to come with me” I have a bad tendency these days of exploring solo which is why i tend to appear in a lot of my own photographs. sometimes the landscape of an abandoned place just needs something to give the scenery more life. and sometimes that something ends up being myself. I enjoy the challenge of racing my timer to get into position. I find peace in forgotten abandoned places. They have character , history and have survived something. every one of their cracks and creaks tell a story of time. 5 months ago while exploring an abandoned factory with a friend i met off instagram he asked if i had ever spun steel wool or created light writing images with it. my response was no how do u do that. that night he took me out and explained the basics to me and let me give it a try i fell in love with this technique and on my 3 months of travels i incorporated this into as many of my images as i could. and trying to find the most unique places to shoot the fire wire images. My favorite was in a natural red rock arch tunnel in utah outside of bryce canyon national park. I also enjoy finding diamonds in the rough. ( Beautiful street art murals inside the abandoned buildings waiting to be discovered and captured by camera to bring them to light for the rest of the world to see) i recently started reaching out to local street artists to share my photographic images featuring their graffiti. for instance the King of hearts piece where i added a touch of steel wool spinning to the image and froze it in time. i am currently in the process of putting together a collection of my photos in the form of a book taken on my 3 month journey called AWAY TO AWAKEN A Photographic Collection Light and Color from the road By Tiffany Harned to follow after my Art show AWAY TO AWAKEN in Somerville NJ at Evolve Clothing Gallery on June 12th 2015 my work can be found on www.tiffanyharned.com or on instagram under the name @tiffanyharnedphoto tiffanyharnedphoto tiffanyharnedphoto Von Dreadful I have lived in many different places and I don’t consider myself from any one place, although Easton, PA and Brooklyn, NY would be the two places that ever felt like home. I currently live in the middle of nowhere, known as Middletown, MD, on a horse farm. I’m in a rolling pastoral valley of farms situated between two mountain ridges. Life is grand, except in winter when it snows. I love to explore rural or garden cemeteries, especially those filled with grim mausoleums and beautiful statues. I also like abandoned homes and farms from the 1800’s. These structures are prevalent where I live so I’m always finding some place to trespass for a great shot. I’m currently “working” as the historian for the Burkittsville Preservation Society (yes, Burkittsville, home of the Blair Witch, hahaha!!!) to help restore a house built in the mid-1800’s that was used as the 6th Corps Headquarters in the Civil War during the Battle of South Mountain of September 14, 1862. The last owner of the home died in 2003 and it has been vacant since. Vandals have destroyed every inch of the home and we are cleaning it up and trying to open it as a Civil War museum. On my blog, I have a post with pictures of the house in its current condition. I plan to keep taking pictures as we move on from ground zero to complete restoration. It’s like my own little Bob Villa project! I currently use a Canon EOS Rebel T3. Unfortunately, I recently scratched my lens and I’m waiting for new one to arrive. I upgraded a bit so it’ll be interesting to see what differences there are in future pictures. Favorite location are anything dark, dreary, and macabre. Cemeteries, old churches and chapels, abandoned homes and structures, the woods. A place that once had vibrant life, and if I look really hard, I can still find a speck of that life amongst the forgotten and decayed. I’m always finding unexpected interesting things. Von Dreadful About two miles from my home, perched on the top of South Mountain is a beautiful Gothic chapel, named Dahlgren. It was built in 1881 by the family who invented the Dahlgren gun in 1865. Some family members were buried in the vault in the basement of this chapel. Currently, it is not in use (except for weddings or private functions) and owned by a small preservation group with the mission of restoring the chapel due to damage it suffered from vandalism throughout the mid-1900’s. The stained-glass windows were broken, altar objects stolen, and the family vault was desecrated. I was lucky enough to get access to the chapel for a couple of hours and I explored it from top to bottom. Dahlgren Chapel is one of the most stunning structures I’ve ever seen and had the good fortune to wander through. The excitement of going to a new place. Sometimes, the excitement of returning to an already visited place. I can’t wait to get to a cemetery I haven’t been to before and see what treasures it holds! I’m at the point where I have drive at least 200 miles to get to a new cemetery and that’s a great adventure for a day! Rolling down the highway with the stereo blasting, looking at the towns and stuff I’m passing by, and then the actual arrival at my destination ... slowly pulling up to the cemetery gates and peeking over the steering wheel in anticipation as I think “I’m finally here! This is it!” and then spending the next how many ever hours walking around the cemetery and taking pictures. Nothing beats the rush of getting to my destination! My work can be found on Facebook, my page is titled Von Dreadful. I also post my pictures on vondreadful.blogspot.com. I’m currently taking a stab at writing and have three manuscripts being edited by my friend in Wales. Cemeteries, murder, and madness are the central themes in my stories and I hope to have the three posted on my blog within the next few months. I have several other works in progress and with any luck, will have those all written and edited by the end of the year, just in time for the Dreadful Masquerade Ball I’m hosting in New Orleans in Lafayette Cemetery on December 18! Monique Duncan Photography I am from the United States and to be more specific I grew up in a very small Virginian town by the name of Fincastle. Fincastle is a very historical town in the county of Botetourt, and was established in 1772. I currently live in a small Virginian city by the name of Roanoke. From time to time I will have conversations with other people who share the passion for exploring and they will want to know how long I’ve been doing it. I think we are all curious to know the special story behind the love because lets face it, we all have on and it is very special to each of us. For me it began as a very young girl, a fascination that would only grow in the years to come. If I followed a path cut through the forest adjacent from my house, I would meet a road which would give direction to an abandoned farm. The house with its big sinking porch, windows losing their shutters, and buildings with treasures left inside, treasures like the giant bellows used to stoke fires, completely captivated me. To this day I think of those bellows and the way their wooden handles were warped and their leather was cracked. Countless days of my life were spent in this house. All of my childhood friends and my cousins could tell you stories about it because they were all forced to go there with me at one point or another. And the best part of it all, my Mom was the first person to ever take me there, I was four years old. It is hard to pinpoint one particular thing that I get from shooting abandoned locations. I love the adventure of “ninja-ing” my way into them as I often put it. I love finding the artifacts of people’s lives and experiences, imaging who they were and what they were like based on what was left behind. I love the architecture and history of the buildings, I’ve learned so many things I would have never known if it were not for this hobby. I also love that I’ve made a few lifelong friends from a shared love of exploring, and that it takes me to places I would have never seen otherwise. I went alone once and ONLY once! I had the unfortunate experience of encountering a squatter on my one solo adventure which left me very serious about exploring in at least twos, but I prefer no more than four. I believe it is a hobby that is far too dangerous, for many reasons, to do alone. We enter buildings that do not have stable structures, could house squatters and/or drug addicts, and I enjoy sharing the experiences with others. It is always most interesting to me to explore with a few people and then see how we all shot things differently, how we all have such unique perspectives. Always the necessary equipment; my camera, tripod, extra batteries, and lenses. I always bring several lights, including my head lamp, pepper gel for my safety, and I can’t lie... you can find wet wipes in my bag for those long explore days when we aren’t going to encounter working plumbing! If I’m shooting a model/ models, I bring a portable power source and studio lighting as well. I have found a lot of things that I find interesting if I’m being honest. The “stranger” or “creepier” the better for me! A particular hospital that I have been fortunate enough to get into twice, has EVERY single thing inside that was in the hospital while it was still operating. It is the freshest and most untouched abandonment I have ever seen, and I highly doubt I will ever see another like it. I think that my favorite find comes from there, a room full of human body parts that never made their way to the morgue. Toes, fingers, abortions, placentas, colons, mandibles, and the list goes on. I could have spent an entire day in that room alone! Salvation Mountain and Slab City By www.placesthatwere.com www.placesthatwere.com _inphamous_ I have been living in orange county, ca my whole life. I usually drive all the way to los angeles to photoshoot because thats where all the cool spots are at. I’ve been shooting for like 6 years. How it started was that I was in high school and decided to take a random photography art class. My teacher gave us all each a camera to go out and explore. When I went out to explore to take pictures for my projects. I was like oh damn this is really fun! Ever since then I have always love photography and taking pictures. But I stopped for a year due to my busy schedule with medical school. Then one day, all sudden one of my classmate asked if I wanna go photoshoot and I was like I’m down! and ever since then we been shooting and finding abandoned places, train tracks, bridges, and etc. together. I bought my first dslr camera right when I got out of high school. It was a nikon d40 when it was popular back then for beginners. And then I upgraded to Canon t2i which I still have today with my Canon 70d. I used 18-55mm and 10-22 wide angle lens with both of my cameras. I usually take my 70d when I am out photoshooting and if my camera dies then that is when I bust out my iphone 6 with the cool ebay wide angle lens for it. When photoshooting in abandoned places I love to explore and learn more about the history behind the place. I always find decay or places with uninhabited space really fascinating.I explore along with others because its easier to spot abandoned places more than one people. Me and my friends usually drive around los angeles to find a spot. And also it is much more safe to explore with others than just by yourself. The more people the more places to share or trade location with. _inphamous_ on instagram ine--xplorzine--xp Stickyman Stickyman I’m originally from London but now live in Scarborough in North Yorkshire As a kid growing up in London there was always loads of abandoned factories and warehouses that we used to play in... I was always fascinated by what was left behind and why people just left... Since then I have always hunted down derelict buildings and have been fascinated by history I’ve been photographing Urbex situations for approximately 10 years but more seriously in the last 5 years where I have met many amazing talented and interesting people I don’t restrict myself to only Urbex photography. I like to experiment with various genres even portraits. I could never do wedding photography but would like to venture into models and decay combinations I do meet up with various friends across the UK to go on exploring adventures but I am just as happy finding places and going on my own. If these ventures are successful I tend to share these with close friends I use a variety of different equipment mainly my faithful Canon 550d with a 1020 wide angle or a canon G1x that I have with me all the time I’ve just started experimenting with some macro lenses and quite enjoy the depth and bokeh that you get with these lenses One of the main things that stands out is the thrill and danger of possibly getting busted and the fact that some of the places I visit are incredibly unsafe. We all like our thrills ! I post quite regularly on Instagram and my username is Stickyman also here on Facebook and Flickr too where my name is ‘Stickymanfrominstagram’ STICKYMAN -XPLORZINE- STICKYMAN Mârïe urbexland From the center region in France taking photos of abandoned places (sanatoriums, Hospitals, orphanages, factories, castles and more for a year now. you can find her work at: Urbexland Mârïe on facebook and on Flickr: Mârïe urbexland Mârïe urbexland Mârïe urbexland Kriegaffe 9 Kriegaffe 9 Im from a small town called Shifnal in Shropshire, England and now reside in another small town called Stamford in Lincolnshire England with my wife and two dogs. I love the old asylums and hospitals best as they have a certain sort of atmosphere when in them that is like no other location, but that might just be in my head ;-), secondly I like industrial places as they have such great textures and colours to capture I have always used Nikon cameras and recently upgraded to a D750 for its better low light capabilities. Although I love old asylums my favorite ever explore was pyestock( National gas turbine establishment) that has now been demolished. I visited it three times spending 36 hours in there in total and would go back there again tomorrow if it was still there. But the most surreal place I have been is Pripyat in the Ukraine. to see a whole city abandoned for over 20 years is an amazing and disturbing sight. I have come across quite a few strange things while exploring. the most un nerving is people that make their home in abandoned places as you never know how they will react to being disturbed by you but so far they have been okay with me. one of the things that sticks out in my mind from all the places I have seen is the excitement and buzz that you sometimes get before and after doing some places because of stories you hear about how hard they are to get in or how much security is there. we did an old school in the UK a few years ago that had been closed down due to links with terrorist training. Ive never been so nervous in my life. especially when we saw signs that people were still living there, but we got out without being seen. my stuff can be found here www.flickr.com/photos/mhampshire/ www.facebook.com/Kriegaffe9 instagram.com/kriegaffe9/ World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert Kerak Castle, Jordan South of Madaba on the old King’s Highway one comes across Kerak, once the capital of the biblical kingdom of Moab. Perched atop a steep hill, Kerak remains a predominantly Christian town dominated by the largest and best preserved of the Crusader castles in the region.Because of its position east of the Dead Sea, Karak was able to control Bedouin herders as well as the trade routes from Damascus to Egypt and Mecca. The castle is a notable example of Crusader architecture—a mixture of west European, Byzantine, and Arab designs. Its walls are strengthened with rectangular projecting towers and long stone vaulted galleries are lighted only by arrow slits. While Kerak is a large and strong castle, its design is less sophisticated than that of concentric Crusader castles and its masonry is comparatively crude. Kerak Castle, Jordan About Jeremiah Gilbert Jeremiah Gilbert is a college professor, photographer, and avid traveler. So far 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 Charles E Gilliam Photography My name is Charles E. Gilliam and I take photo’s of abandon places and graveyards. I live in Littleton, Colorado and am a fine art photographer. My main camera is Canon 5D Mark lll and I only use Canon L series lenses. I like to walk graveyards and abandon places alone to get the feel of my surrounding. I am always asked it I have seen anything strange or ghosts. The answer is yes but that’s another story. My facebook page is Charles E Gilliam Photography and my website is chasphotof8.smugmug.com. CemeTerry photographer CemeTerry photographer Im based in a quiet town in Kent in England. I currently use a pentax K7 and love old fashioned manual lenses. I prefer walking around old houses/cottages getting a sense of those long departed, most of the time I find it fascinating uncovering who used to live there and getting a sense of what they was like, by the possessions they leave behind. I have a few close friends, who I explore with, we are a tight fit group and often travel up an down the country, with much laughter. People can mainly find my work via my like page, I should have a website by the end of the year, once I have a vast array of different locations. Cant say I have ever experienced anything scary, other than irate land owners. Uncovering some old ten pound notes was rather unique earlier this year, buried away in an old cottage along with some old one pound notes, this cottage was a gem though and had a nice rifle laying in the bedroom... One time when I entered an old house, a small battery operated radio was turned on, this left me feeling anxious for awhile as I stepped into each room. I cannot say I have a favourite explore, but I guess the journey and company to these places are often more enjoyable. Something about doing this hobby really takes you out of the modern world, nothing matters once inside a derelict property, silence fills the air and all you can often hear is your own footsteps and the camera shutter to me that is bliss.... You can find my work and keep up to date with most things here. www.facebook.com/AfterEveryoneLeft Modeling in abandoned places by FLICKR BATRAM FLICKR BATRAM FKIMAGERY Shooting in alternative locations FKIMAGERY The Devils school house Once I entered the smell of urine hit me like a train its smelt bad I walked towards the 1st hall way to see specks of black marks all over the walls this turned out to be ratt/mouse droppings.I tried my hardest not to touch anythingand breath in to much of the air but I was excited to see this place has the locations was almost in plain site clouded by a tree line and fast driving cars no one would stop to see it. photographerjamesortiz.blogspot.com Has I walked I felt has tho something was watching me I entered room upon room took my shots gagged abit from the smell,even with a shirt over my mouth/bandanna I still smelt the urine.Some rooms were so bad they looked almost wet with the amount of urine stained wood. The further I went away from the entrance the smell disappeared it was like stepping back in time. Heading back It sounded as tho someone was walking towards me with heavy feet I made some noise and I then heard running was this another explorer or something else. I made my way to the front door to exit and you could hear the scurry of ratts in the walls,I felt accomplished I was happy but abit sick from being there for so long felt as tho a presence was with me. I left and returned home to a nice hot bath after this explore I was drained and felt not like myself has tho something followed me home.I do believe in spirits I do believe there are bad spirits that drain your energy aswell.I was sick for almost two weeks with a bad cough and felt as tho something followed me home I opened my windows opened up my home and cleaned it so to speak,believe me or not,call me crazy but I got better the same day and everything felt right again. I vowed never to return to this place again,” The Devils school house” -XPLORZINEPrepared by MagCloud for James Ortiz. Get more at nikonbob1.magcloud.com.