June 7th, 2010

Stonework Slaughterhouse

To keep everyone here up-to-date with my current situation (like anyone really cares),
please be aware that I will be working on my up-coming publication for the entire summer and most of the fall.
That being said, I will try my damnedest to remain as active as possible here in this community.
Both in posting entries, and leaving feedback and comments for others.
I greatly enjoy the community environment found here, and would be lesser for it's absence.
Previously I have stated that I do not belong to any UE forums or groups.
This LJ community is my sole posting-grounds (aside from my personal blog) due to it's members
being intelligent and sincere... not delinquents and vandals.
I respect all of you here, and would like you to know that your words have been appreciated.

So, as I was saying... this project I'm currently working on has me pretty bogged-down.
On top of that, I am filming locations which I plan to use exclusively for the publication.
I want to make this thing as good as I can, and I feel including material found nowhere else is key in that.
However, I will post a "teaser" image or two at the end of my posts on occasion.
So you guys can see what's up...
This post is one of those entries, so check it out.

Forgive the long "prologue", I did not mean to ramble so much...
On to the entry proper:

I had not intended to go exploring when I shot the following images.
My purpose was just to get out and shoot "something", being as I was suffering from severe cabin fever...
This short set focuses on an old stone structure I was shown in the forest, many years ago.
It had been lost and forgotten to me until very recently, when I found myself in it's general vicinity.

Some local residents have said that it was at one time used a slaughterhouse.
I can not say with any certainty what it used to be, but this fact is not key to why I photographed it.
What attracted me to this place was it's unique shape and odd positioning on the steep embankment upon which it sits.
It's slender and tall form is at place with the trees here.

The structure is sealed very tightly, save the few open windows visible in the photos.
I was not much in a climbing mood, and being as this was a solo outing I decided not to risk injury.
Besides, it's not what's inside that enticed me to visit it...

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Red dress

Narrogin Drive-in

I lived and worked in Narrogin, a wheatbelt town about 2 hours south-east of Perth in Western Australia during most of 2007. On a walk one day I discovered this old abandoned drive-in. I always intended to take photos of it while I lived there but never got around to it.

This weekend I went down there again for a birdwatching trip in nearby Dryandra Reserve and managed to get into town for a bit. I assumed the drive-in would be covered with houses by now or something, but no, it was still there. As far as I can find, this drive-in closed in 1993.

Welcome to Narrogin Drive-in. Please purchase your tickets here.

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Calvin And Hobbes

First Post - Clophill Church, Bedfordshire, England

This is Clophill Church, on top of a tall hill overlooking the local countryside. The spot is fantastically desolate and is a good half hour to forty five minutes walk from the centre of the village. This was part of the reason for its downfall - it was too far to walk for the flock and too small.

For years it served as the place of worship, then as a mortuary chapel but now it has been left to rot and decay in quiet peace since the turn of the 20th century. However, the church sadly has a black history. In the sixties and seventies vandals desecrated several graves, exhuming the bones and arranging them into pentagrams (some think that a crude Black Mass was performed - I believe it was just macabre people looking to cause a stir.) More information about the chapel and its history can be found here.

Interestingly, as a consequence of the grave robbing, the existing tombs that were still inside the church were moved out, and all the headstones were removed from their plots and arranged against the surrounding walls of the graveyard. This makes for an eerie sight - the grass around the building is full of lumps and bumps which are obviously the graves of people; the tombstones sit silently, almost watching you. Despite that, and what has happened, it is a peaceful place and I have never felt any ill feelings (contrary to the feelings of a thousand amateur ghost hunters...)

These were taken with a basic camera phone, and so are not as sharp as the exquisite pictures I have seen on here since joining.


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