My fondness towards industrial or abandoned places (preferably both) is what I guess guided me towards photography. I have visited few of them of different size and nature. On a few occasions I had a chance to get some really good pictures, on some others I simply had not or got kicked out too early.
Hmm, w sumie to nie do końca. Miało być “abandont”. Tymczasem okazało się na miejscu, że zostało “odabandontnięte”.
Poniższe obserwatorium zostało zdubowane około roku 1900 w górach Sierra Nevada, opuszczone w latach 70-tych i ponownie zagospodarowane na użytek Uniwersytetu w Granadzie jakoś względnie niedawno (widziałem post z 2012 roku, na którym było w stanie przepięknie opuszczonym). No cóż, spóźnilismy się na stary Caminito Del Rey, nie zdążyliśmy też na obserwatorium. Przynajmnie byliśmy konsekwentni 🙂
Tak czy owak, jak ktoś będzie w okolicy (zazwyczaj tą okolicą jest Granada) to serdecznie polecam, bo widoczki cudowne, jak to w górach, a to obserwatorium dodaje sporo uroku.
Actually it is not exactly like that. It was supposed to be abandoned, meanwhile it got unabandoned at some point.
This observatory was built around 1902 in Sierra Nevada range, deserted in 70’s and then adapted again for the needs of University of Granada somehow recently (I saw a post from 2012 when it was in a beautifully abandoned state). Well, we were both late for Caminito Del Rey and also missed the observatory. At least we were consequent 🙂
Nevertheless, whoever shall be in that area (that usually being Granada) I highly recommend to go and have a walk around. These are still beautiful mountains and the observatory certainly adds charm.
Dawno mnie tam nie było i muszę przyznać, że trochę się zestarzał nasz stary, poczciwy, kolejowy most. Ale co niektóre podpisy się zachowały! W każdym razie z pewnością pod żadnym pociągiem się żaden z tych mostów już nie zawali 🙂
Najpierw w kolorze.
This is a bridge (actually two bridges) in my hometown, a mile from my home. We used to go and play there, both as kids and as teenagers. It was quite cool sitting on the structure underneath while the train crossed. Well, last time anyone could do that was, hmm, let me check (…) somewhere at the end of 2001 as from the 1st of January 2002 the line was officially closed for cargo trains. Last passenger train left Skarszewy on the 31st of March 2000. As you can see the tracks were taken away and no one cares about the bridges anymore. At least old tags are still there…
W oczekiwaniu na wizytę w pewnym, całkiem ponoć na świecie znanym, opuszczonym miejscu, mieliśmy dwa dni w Kijowie. Szwędając się beztrosko po mieście natknęliśmy się na takie oto coś:
While preparing to visit certain abandoned place, apparently quite famous, we had two days in Kiev. While wandering around and soaking in, we came across this:
Zapomniwszy o pierwotnym celu naszego spaceru zaczęliśmy szukać wejścia. W trakcie spotkaliśmy Vlada i Martina, którzy z chęcią nas oprowadzili po czym poszwędali się z nami beztrosko po mieście aż do wieczora. Dzięki chłopaki!
Na przedostatnim zdjęciu widać zejście z mostu. Jak to ładnie ujęto, wymagało ono “odrobinę koncentracji”. Tekst wyjazdu 🙂
We instantly forgot why we were there in the first place and started to look for a way in. While at it we met Vlad and Martin, who decided to show us around the place and ended up wandering around and soaking in with us till the evening. Thanks guys!
On the image before last you can see the way off the bridge. As it was nicely put, it required “a little bit of concentration”. This became the joke of the trip 🙂
I dug out these few pictures from when I was in Latvia. This kind of block of flats was a standard across all Eastern Block countries. They all look similar and they all were famous for being badly built (there is a saying that for every block finished there was a house for the chief engineer – guess where he took the materials from).
Since the changes came in the 90’s I don’t think there was any more of those finished and some of the old ones gained some colour (at least in Poland). I suppose the construction of the building below must have started just before the system collapsed.
When we were in Latvia we went to visit friends staying in the east of the country. We had a nice evening when, among other things, they were telling us bits about the local area (while mosquitos were showing us their idea of fun). When they mentioned a closed factory, a red lamp flickered in my mind and I persuaded them to take us there the following day in the morning. The place was rather in a bad shape. No equipment left, many floors, walls and ceilings missing, a substantial pond in the middle of biggest hall etc. Obviously, absolutely no one cared about the facility after closure somewhere in the beginning of the 90-ties.
But there was one up-side to this. At least you do not have to worry about some security guy with exaggerated sense of responsibility nosing around. And there was where to roam, as the area was pretty big. After a while we gathered that the place must had been a brickyard (I guess many broken bricks and a pile of clay helped us coming to that conclusion). The whole facility provides a few hours of sightseeing and a few takes to make the camera happy as well. And, as a cherry on the top of the cake, there was a ladder leading to the highest roof 🙂
In the name of experimentation, I have made them black and white this time. Enjoy.