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burnt + abandoned factory

Monday, July 28, 2014

Not too long ago Jeff and I found ourselves inside a new building. Not a new building new building. Quite the opposite actually, this one had been abandoned and even caught on fire at one point. This is just one of the very few we've gotten to explore for the first time together. The building was fairly small, at least compared to a lot of the other places I've been in. Inside there were three floors. The first was dark, damp, and full of miscellaneous furniture. The second floor was full of chairs, and the third just had desks. The first floor seemed to be the one most affected by the fire. Charred desks were scattered about. The second and third floor had their own problems, namely reeeally really sketchy floors. I'm honestly surprised one us didn't have at least a foot go through.
Like I mentioned above, the first floor was dark, and damp which is the absolute perfect condition for mushrooms to grow. I've spotted mushrooms in abandoned buildings before. It's always exciting but there were SO many here. In the past I probably would have admired them briefly before deciding it was way too dark to shoot and moved on. Buuut I am learning my camera, and I have someone who is always encouraging me to push myself. With the flashlight from my phone and the perfect camera settings I was able to shoot these photos. I'm obsessed with them. I couldn't wipe the stupid grin off my face after I saw what I captured. I love that the mushrooms look like they're about to be abducted by aliens!
xoxo

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  1. These photos are so incredibly haunting yet so hard to look away from! I think I would have been too much of a wuss to venture on in, but it looks so worth it, especially for those mushroom photographs. It almost looks like a film set!

    Steph xx
    Lay It Bare

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  2. Oh those mushroom photos are incredible! They really do look like something from another planet <3

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  3. Those mushrooms are so perfect!

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    1. Aren't they?! I couldn't believe how many there were.

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  4. Gah those mushroom photos are awesome! Great idea to use your phone flashlight! The built in flash on cameras is usually horrific so I never use mine and completely understand not wanting to attempt a low light picture! These turned out amazing though!

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  5. Oh yeah! Those mushroom photos are great. I'm really enjoying this new urban explorer Kaylah. You're seeing all kinds of things I wish I could see.

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  6. The mushroom pictures are awesome, they look like they're glowing!

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  7. Wow! Where do you find all these beautiful abandoned buildings? I am just in awe every time I look through these posts!
    Deanna | Curly Top

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    1. Just around the city. It's amazing what you'll find if you keep your eyes peeled.

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  8. This place looks RAD! but I am aaaallll about those mushroom shots!! They are fantabulous!!

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    margot

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  9. I am so in love with those mushroom shots!!! I know I already said it on Instagram, but those photos are so beautiful!!! I also love the lighting in that first desk photo :) Great shots!

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  10. The mushroom pics look really glowy and eerie and magical! Congrats for pushing yourself and trying something new!

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  11. These are awesome! I love the green tinge on the mushrooms. Some of the patches look like little families standing close together, frightened that the aliens are coming! lol.

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  12. You're increasingly getting me interested in mycology!! I don't know where to go from here?! Haha. X

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    1. Yesssss! I'm so glad to hear that. Pick yourself up a book on mushrooms! Start looking around for them, they're everywhere. I recommend the app "Fungi" to help identify them, it's so easy to use! :)

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  13. I really like the ligth, looks good
    i loved the mushrooms :3

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  14. My favorite are those "alien" looking mushrooms in the end! Very clever to use a phone flashlight. I might try it out in my next low-light adventure.

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    1. If you do I wanna see the results!! :)

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  15. I love your photos from the abandoned buildings you find on your way. Very fascinating. I live in Denmark and building are not left quite like that here with all the interior left behind. But I looooove it!

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  16. Mushroom, Mushroom!

    Something about mushrooms, they are just so cute. That's pretty cool to find them growing like that.

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  17. I am thoroughly impressed with those mushroom shots. They almost look like they're glowing. So cool! I love all of your urban exploration posts.

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  18. I really love exploring abandoned places. Next month I'm going to New Orleans, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some crazy cool places. Great shots, K.

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  19. Those mushroom shots are great! It's strangely exciting learning new, experimental ways to light and photograph subjects.

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