mysecretlife5790 said: You have, by far, the most intelligent and respectful blog on abandoned buildings and sites. Your research is bang on and very captivating. I look forward to making a decision on purchasing one of your prints.
Thank you so much for your kind words - that’s what I aim for in my work, and I’m glad it succeeds for at least some of my readers. I think too much modern ruins photography lacks context and thus reduces itself to ‘ruin porn’ - I actually wrote an article on the Huffington Post a few years back on this concept - so I aim to provide context without sensationalism in my work. I’m glad that this is appreciated! :)
ihavenofriendsinholyspaces said: Sorry to keep bugging you with questions, but I also wanted to tell you that your work reminds me a lot of Christopher Payne's. Would you ever consider publishing a book like his state hospital photography book?
Too funny - C-Payne is a very good friend of mine, and we’ve been on numerous shoots together. I wouldn’t want to do a book that competes with his fantastic monograph, however; I would prefer to do a number of smaller books on individual buildings. Chris’s Asylum book is absolutely tops and is highly recommended to all of my readers!
goatschnitzel said: Do you have any tips of how to handle potentially running into dangerous situations while exploring? I've been exploring for a couple years but haven't run into a serious or life threatening danger quite yet, but as I'm going to go explore in Bulgaria I feel like I may run into more issues there.
This is an excellent question that I cannot possibly answer on a granular level. Every dangerous situation is different, and each requires a different (particular) response. In the past few years, I’ve:
And so on. And the only unifying thing in my responses to each situation is that I went with my gut and my instincts. A few general thoughts though: Don’t attempt buildings that are out of your depth. I’ve been doing this for 19+ years, and have had time to build up my instincts and intuitions. Start small, learn how to navigate dangerous spaces, and work your way up to the “bigger”, higher-profile targets. During your first few years of this, never go anywhere alone, and make sure that everybody in your group has a mobile phone with reception. Trust your gut, and if something doesn’t feel right, just leave. No photograph or experience is worth risking your life for (unless you’re me, but I’m nuts). And finally… always carry superglue. Because in a pinch, if you sustain a serious injury, gluing it shut can mean the difference between enough time to reach an emergency room and exsanguination. Good luck, and be safe!