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    Broadsheet - Why I Take Photos in Abandoned Buildings

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    I was invited to write for Broadsheet early in 2016. it was an opportunity to tell the story of what drives me to do what I do with Lost Collective.

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    A year since writing this for Broadsheet, a lot has changed, whether for better or for worse, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the community reaction to the photos I post.

    Not the likes, wows, shares or any of that. The real, first-hand reactions of people recalling their past. It is still such an amazing thing to watch unfold.

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    I have met some incredible people over the past year who used to frequent the places I shoot. Some have even contributed greatly to the written component of many of the lost collective galleries.

    One of the most amazing people I have met is a 94-year-old named John who founded an engineering company which played a part of the construction of most power stations in Australia.

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    John saw my images of White Bay Power Station in the Sydney Morning Herald and called me on my way home from work to talk about his time there.

    John is getting on these days and his memory is beginning to fail which is why he wrote this book.

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    Here's an excerpt from the article below.

    I’ve worked as a fitter and turner for the past 15 years, then as a mechanical service technician, servicing all kinds of different customer sites to install, maintain and repair equipment. Places like water-treatment plants, mines, refineries, foundries, laboratories, food manufacturers, cigarette factories, crematoriums, power stations, the list goes on. I always thought the buildings that made up these industries were interesting – it’s what’s left behind when these industries become redundant that is often most interesting.

    To read full the article I wrote for Broadsheet, click here .

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