Kodak Factory | Video

A short urbex film recorded at an abandoned Kodak factory in Sweden.

Beckomberga Mental Hospital | Video 2

Beckomberga was one of Swedens largest mental hospitals and opened as early as 1935. At that point there were 1600 patients and 800 employes. The decision to close down the hospital came as late as 1995 and after that most of the facilities have been left for dead. Some buildings are still in use but a lot of it is now just a ghost of the past and a withering monument of the Swedish insanity.

This film shows the full unedited 8 and a half minutes worth of footage that I recorded in the basement. Some of the footage was used in my other Beckomberga short but this one shows the entire basement segment in full.

Beckomberga Mental Hospital | Video 1

Beckomberga was one of Swedens largest mental hospitals and opened as early as 1935. At that point there were 1600 patients and 800 employes. The decision to close down the hospital came as late as 1995 and after that most of the facilities have been left for dead. Some buildings are still in use but a lot of it is now just a ghost of the past and a withering monument of the Swedish insanity.

Tappvägen Industrial Area | Video

A short urbex film recorded at an abandoned industrial area.

Misc. Urban Explorations | Video 1

Various clips from various places.

Klockbacka Rehab Unit | Video

This little urban exploration took place at Klockbacka (Upplands Väsby, Sweden). From what I understand this was some kind of childrens rehabilitations unit, mainly used for kids with mental problems (I’m not entirely sure exactly what this particular building was used for but most of the buildings in this particular area seem to have had some kind of history relating to the rehabilitation of kids with mental problems – if anyone has more info about this house in particular, feel free to comment about it).

I climbed in through a hole in one of the wooden boards that had been put up to seal off the windows. The first two floors were pitch black so I had to light my way with nothing but the camera flash going off every now and then (I wasn’t to experienced back then and I didn’t bring a flashlight with me). There was all kind of stuff still left behind and from the looks of it, the building had become more of storage facility in the later years. After climbing up the stairs to the third floor there were no more boards on the windows and the early daylight came in through the broken windows. Then all of the sudden a pidgeon scared the living crap out of me.

Sala Limestone Mill | Video

This is an old limestone mill in the town of Sala. It was founded in 1907 and was one of the markets leading companies during the 1950s when it was the second biggest company in the entire town. But those days are long gone. All the workers are gone and the mill facilities have been left for dead for many years. The place is now covered in grafitti and and the security is low. Me and my fellow explorers came to visit during a cold day in november of 2008.

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).