Wasteland Car | Interior

Even though the sight of the car from above felt pretty fulfilling I couldn’t help myself into thinking that there was something more to be had of this rusted old scrap of metal. Shooting a car from the inside was something I’d been concidering several times before but to apply the concept to a wreck was something I’d never really thaught of until now. Despite the roof hanging down and the entire vehicle being filled with rocks and random debris I actually managed to climb my way in and out of the frame quite smoothly. In the end this was just one of those spur of the moment things but it really came through as one of the more memorable panoramas I’ve done so far. Panoramic exploring in tight spots like these are often quite tricky but I think it really paid of on this one.

Wasteland Car | Exterior

The other day I decided to take a trip around my hometown in search for some random decay. I ended up in several places that I hadn’t really seen before and among the sights found was an old gravel pit featuring a set of rusted car wrecks. I started out with a simple panorama on top of one of the car roofs just to get a good look of the landscape.

I’m not sure if this really qualifies as urban exploring but it doesn’t really matter. I guess I just like the look and feel of it. I don’t know. It’s like something out of a Mad Max film if you ask me.

The Camera Cabin

One on of my random panorama hikes (or whatever you call it) I came across an odd little cabin wedged in between a couple of (active) industrial buildings. The cabin seemed to have been abandoned for quite some time but I couldn’t figure out what the hell it had been used for. The floor of the entrance was covered by camera-lences for small compact cameras and the entire cabin seemed like a strange and secretive studio of some sort.

The walls had been torned down and remounted. Floor mats and random carpeting had been bolted to the walls to cover everything from windows to doorways. In my dark visions I could easily imagine this into being a place for shooting snuff-films… but the truth is probably a lot less interesting. Either way, the camera lences on the floor caught my attention and made this a panorama that I really wanted to publish, even though the final product didn’t turn out as good as I hoped it to be (I put a lot of hours into working passed the problems of multiple exposures but after a while you just have to let it go).

The Beekeepers House | Bathroom

The house a surprising amount of nooks and crannies and it seems like everywhere I turn there’s a doornob hiding yet another piece of history. One of my favourite rooms turns out to be the homes only bathroom. The bathroom cabinet has a set of old bandaids stuck to the interior wall but apart from this and the odd green plunger on the sink I can’t see to many artefacts left behind. The only source of light is a small set of windows but the yellow wallpapers shine like a hidden treasure as I try to figure out what camera setting to use to bring it all out as good as I can.

The Beekeepers House | Interior 3

The clock on the wall has stopped at ten minutes to six and somehow it’s not entirely inapropriate. As I move through the debris of this unknown life left behind the thought of time traveling drifts through my mind like a ghost from the past. Because that’s the way I see it all. It’s like time just stopped one day and no one bothered to fix it. In the nearby closet I find an old fur coat which was probably a highly respected piece of clothing in it’s day… yet now, nothing more than a dark shadow in an even darker closet and I move on through the poorly lit doorways.

The Beekeepers House | Kitchen

The kitchen is just as big of a mess as all the other rooms and I stop for a moment to wonder if the old man kept the place neat and tidy when he was still around. It’s not hard to see that the former resident was something of a handyman as I constantly come across inovative solutions and random inventions and I find myself more and more curious about this little known former resident.

The Beekeepers House | Interior 1

Inside most of the rooms I come across old jars of honey and Marcus tells me that the old man was apperantly a beekeeper. The place is a total mess but there is so much stuff that it would take several weeks just to grasp it all. I mean everything just remains. There are books, scraps of paper, old watches, shopping lists and personal notes just dropped on the floor and I tip toe around like a kid on christmas morning. From the looks of it, I’m guessing this room might have been the main bedroom. This is obviously just an assumption but it’s the only room that comes with a dark pull-down curtain.

The Beekeepers House | Exterior 2

After passing the old car, a red little house appears behind the overgrown bushes. Marcus tells me that the owner was an old man and something of a loner by the looks of it. When the old man passed away his relatives simply came by for the the most important stuff and left the rest as it was. It’s the first time that I come across such an untouched place of decay and I’m surprised at the size of what is essentially nothing less than a small farm. There are additional cellers and a barn a few steps away but everything is completely stuffed with personal belongings dating back to as early as the 1950s.

The Beekeepers House | Exterior 1

I’m in the middle of the woods yet still no more than a 5 minute walk from common suburbia. My friend Marcus tipped me off about the location but apart from the two of us, it seems like no one has come to visit this place for ages. The grassy road comes to and right next to an abandoned car and all of the sudden I get a slight sense of despair rushing through me. It’s hard to explain but there’s something very sad about watching something so old and forgotten. Left for dead. Never to be noticed again.

Tollare | Video 1

Here’s a video shot quite a while back. This is a very old paper mill dating back to as early as 1922. The mill closed down in 1964 and after that it’s been left to decay. During an environmental investigation it was declared that the area was one of the most contaminated places in the county of Stockholm.