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Britain is a country dotted with the decaying ruins from its past. The face of the country has seen great changes moving away form its industrial past, towards a new and less certain future. The buildings and institutions that belong to another era have been left to rot, alone and forgotten.
From mental hospitals to massive mills I have been visiting some of Britain's most Inspiring (and in some cases uninspiring) modern ruins.
Ok the poetics of decay aside for the moment I will try to explain how it is that I come to be spending my time in some of the UK's less well known historic monuments.
I suppose my motive to do this simply that I like to explore new places and to explore the past. Not just to look in it from behind the dull glass of a museum, but to experience these places firsthand and to try to understand their stories.
My first visits to modern abandoned locations were made whilst on Cyprus photographing ruined villages and desolate farms left empty after the Turkish invasion that divided the island. These small and fairly unexciting trips paved the way for my first true UK visits to the Shoreham Cement works.
My Interest In modern ruins led me to study photography in college with a view to mastering the skills needed to work with black and white film, processing my own work and In autumn 2003 my first Image archive went online using some borrowed web space. In the following few months I began to develop some early attempts at web design finally resulting in the launch of Abandoned Britain in February 2004.
Things have moved on considerably since then, My photography has diversifyed and developed over time and this led me to establish myself as a freelance photographer. I have recently completed a degree in photograpy with multimedia and I am continuing to develop my photographic projects.
At present this website is taking a back seat to other artistic projects but I am currently in the process of revising and updating some of the older photographs and tours.
Joe Collier, Photographer 2003 - 2008
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