The Brick-House That Bricks Built
When visiting an abandoned site, it's best to take great precautions and tread carefully when you go beyond the point of 'observing' and make the leap into the category of 'trespassing.' For us, it always begins with a jolly stroll around the entire site, to get a feel for the place and figure out where the biggest gap in the fence is.
Perhaps you'll take some photos while you'll be doing this but quickly realise that taking photos from beyond the fence is pretty shit and the inevitable urge to climb over and go inside is always a more tantalising thought than hanging around outside incase you get caught.
Unfortunately for us, we visited an abandoned brick works a couple of days ago and discovered while the site was abandoned, the surrounding area was pretty fucking active. On one side of the brick works there's a public park, surrounded by houses, and on the other side there's a golf course and a car park, and turns out it was a popular day to go golfing. Currently I have to shoot these sites in the day as I'm shooting them with my iPhone, and it ain't the best when the light disappears.
Not to be put off by the abundance of folk who could clearly see us climbing over the fence, we started poking around looking for a way in to the fairly obstructed structure. It didn't take long before we were climbing up the brickworks and into the second floor, where we discovered, not only an incredible level to explore, but a furnace which led all the way to the giant chimney. Turns out this chimney has rungs all the way to the top. We didn't go far up. After a bit more exploring we decided to get out, which wasn't an easy task as a herd of wedding-goers started filing through the park, nevertheless, we didn't get caught and we got some pretty swell snaps. Back of the net.
Tom Camp, Chris Beecroft (who does some interesting things here) and Nathan Shaw