There are lots of good memories around the making of this feature. Not least the fact that the article in itself was written and published superbly by Collective Hub , but it was also an adventurous time in our lives.
I'd just decided to make the switch from my trade of 17 years to pursue Lost Collective full time, and we were on our way to Japan, intentionally what was planned as a holiday but somehow became hijacked and turned into a search of abandoned buildings.
Three weeks trekking into the unknown!
On our way to Japan, Collective Hub asked if I had any Japanese related content, for part of an upcoming segment in the next run of the magazine.
We were literally at Hong Kong airport on my way to Japan when I received that email.
As far as planning the trip across the countryside goes. I had a rough idea of places we 'could' go, but nothing was firm, apart from the fact that the first five days would be in Tokyo.
As it panned out, we managed to build a lot of content quickly. The first place we went specifically to seek out abandonments was Yubari.
We drove back and forth from Sapporo where we stayed to Yubari where we shot for four days straight.
There was only a couple of places in Yubari that were predetermined to visit, the school and the power station
When you drive into Yubari, you can almost feel the vacuum that has resulted in a bankrupt city that has seen a 90% decline in its total population.
The sense of abandonment is overwhelming. There's a distinctive sense of stillness as you enter Yubari out of the tunnel from the highway
So in the midst of our three weeks in Japan, after I'd managed to build up some decent content, I worked through this article with Collective Hub.
It's an adventure I won't soon forget. I want to go back!
It feels like you can see and hear everything with total clarity. Everything slows down.
I generally try to work my way through as fast as I can. Noises like doors slamming and corrugated iron flapping in the wind never help to calm the nerves.
I never feel comfortable when I’m in abandoned buildings,” says,” says Brett Patman, an Australian photographer who specialises in capturing abandoned buildings.
To see the full article, click here .
Combining style and substance with a fresh perspective on the issues that matter most, Collective Hub covers business, design, technology, social change, fashion, travel, food, film and art.