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Welcome to my website, whateversleft.co.uk.

We’re probably all born with a sense of curiosity.  Exploring for me is just taking that curiosity and fulfilling it.

I started this website about eleven years ago now –  it was just a place to document my thoughts, words and photos from exploring.   I call it exploring other people will call it urban exploring, urbex, sploring. Those that don’t like it will probably call it trespass. Wikipedia have a nice summary of what it really entails – ‘The examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of human civilisation’

I unknowingly started exploring as a teenager.  Growing up in a small village outside of Bristol there just happened to be derelict hospital on the hill. It became a pastime to walk around the inside and outside of these buildings during those carefree years that I’d quite like to relive.

Naturally time went on and I grew up did sensible things like university and got a proper job. However I still had a fascination with abandonment and dereliction. I’d look at photos of ghost towns in the US and wish for something similar.

It was by accident that I found there was an active community exploring in the UK.  Before long I was exploring from one end of the county to the other documenting and photographing the sites you see on here today.

You’ll find the emphasis on this site is of asylums, hospitals and industry. Exploring covers a vast array of different areas – not just the bits I like but underground, up high, live infiltrations. Pretty much anything that is normally off limits.  Asylums are, in particular, something I have become deeply interested in – since first exploring these huge buildings of a time gone by I’ve researched the history of both the building designs, layouts and also how patients were treated. After nearly 3 years of work with some fellow explorers we brought back county asylums online to combine our photos and knowledge.

Not everyone will appreciate what I do. I don’t expect everyone will really understand what exploring is about. However I hope you enjoy my website.

Camera

Nikon D750 Full Frame DSLR
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Previously have used

Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 350D
Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mk II
Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6