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    Urbex in Large Format

    Though I dislike the term "urbex", here we go

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    I too dislike the term "urbex," since my goals are oriented toward documentation and preservation, not exploration. However, the nature of my work often has me in historic buildings that have seen significant decay, though I enter them always with permission (and, in this case, with the City's Building Inspector, whose job was to keep from walking in areas where the floor was ready to collapse). As a result, when I was still active on Instagram, urbex folks often found me.

    This is one from a volunteer project that I did earlier this year, photographing the buildings on the Preservation League of New York State's Seven to Save list. This the Arcade Building in Jamestown, once a glorious commercial space on Main Street and now sadly deteriorating. When I saw this scene, I knew that it would not be one for the exhibit (which just opened in Albany, by the way), but I recall thinking "Huh. This is an urbex kind of scene, I'll give it a try." Lighting clearly was a challenge, but it does at least give some sense for the setting.

    Thanks for starting the thread.

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    "Though I dislike the term "urbex", here we go

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    Then why use it?

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    @gypsydog: for lack of a better term, I guess. In Italian I would use "abbandoni" which is not mainstream and loosely translates to "abandonments", which seems even worse than urbex. But I am open to suggestions...

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    @bgh: thank you for joining.

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsydog View Post

    Then why use it?
    Because, for better or worse, it is an accepted term that many will recognize, and is one which covers a particular and recognizable genre of photography that focuses exclusively on abandoned and decaying buildings, primarily in urban settings, and that has become rather popular in recent years.

    I have no particular fondness for the photos which I typically see identified as such, so I would be delighted to see how the folks here have treated this topic.

    Bruce

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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    This thread made me reminisce on my project from a while ago documenting an old cotton mill that was being torn down. Here's a collection of 4x5 images from inside the mill at various times during the demolition - the first one here was taken with my 47mm XL:

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    And these were all w/ my Nikkor 90mm f/8:



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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    Bryan--

    These are terrific, well done. I'm glad that you were able to photograph this building. So many of these places go away without anyone paying any attention to them.

    Bruce


    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    And these were all w/ my Nikkor 90mm f/8:




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    Re: Urbex in Large Format

    Old and new
    On the right what remains of the Westinghouse plant (brakes and parts for trains), formerly Rapid cars company. On the left, the obvious ensuing real estate speculation (horror vacui)

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