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I Visited Creepy Abandoned Steel Industry Headquarters And Captured These 12 Photos

I am Janine Pendleton, and I am an explorer of abandoned places. I travel the world in search of amazing lost locations and I photograph them to share with the world. I think there is much beauty in what humanity leaves behind when we move on and leave our ruins to be reclaimed by nature.

Even the mightiest buildings succumb to the ravages of time. This huge complex was once the administrative headquarters of one of the biggest steel companies in France. This was the repository of all the industry paper records, documenting the deals and finances over the decades. It was purpose-built in the 1890s to both store records as well as to showcase the company’s steelwork. The huge atrium boasts an impressive skylight. All that glass and concrete is held up by the iron girders, which they manufactured in their own nearby steelworks. The French steel industry collapsed in the 1980s, and the offices were closed and left to decay.

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50 Odd And Interesting ‘Weird History’ Posts From This Account That Makes Learning Fun No Matter How Old You Are (New Pics)

With real-life facts often being far stranger than fiction, there’s nothing like a good history book to get your noggin’ joggin’ and make you appreciate life from a whole different perspective. I might have started my love affair with history as a subject with the amazing Horrible History book series, but I’ve since then graduated to thick and dusty tomes.

However, I still have a yearning for the more fun and unusual aspects of history that first drew me in. And that’s where the Weird History Twitter page comes into play. A page with 172k followers that’s been active since September 2011, Weird History is the brainchild of Andrew Rader who does, well, pretty much everything: from book-writing to cool space stuff.

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I Hike To Abandoned Places To Photograph Them At Night With My Own Light (10 New Pics)

I’ve been exploring abandoned places at night for a few years, and for 2 years, I am working on a photo project to enlighten them in my own way with many colors.

The lighting gear is important for those images. Everything is captured on location, and the post-processing is mostly enhancing colors. I experimented a lot with light painting, so I can create an image with only one flashlight if I don’t have anything else. But most of the time, I carry a few speedlights in my bag. How many I bring depends on the size of the location, how long I plan to be there, my intuition from the research I did before, among other factors. I want to avoid carrying gear that I won’t use, but on the other hand, if I brought 8 flashes and 2 are enough for a photo, it is fine.

I focus on quality before quantity, trying to make something unique, so I do not often come back with more than one or two photos. And sometimes there is no framing catching my eyes so I come back with nothing interesting.

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Saving The Stalker

Saving The Stalker

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For the past year, I explored a lot on my own. It gives me the ability to move spontaneously, but I enjoy having company when it’s possible. Often, I need to place a character in the frame to give some depth to the image, and when I’m alone, I have to be the character. But the images are not about me, those are rather small stories, disconnected from me.#2 

Le Sommet Du Fond Du Temps

Le Sommet Du Fond Du Temps

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The Thunder Cult

The Thunder Cult

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I really like when a place is in the middle of a forest. It gives time for a nice hike, then I set up my tent, and I can enjoy a beautiful morning after a night of taking photos.

Last summer, for instance, I slept in the ruins of a castle in France, on a hill surrounded by a huge forest. It made me wonder how it was to live there, way before the invention of electricity. I took some rest and woke up just before the sunrise to capture a mysterious and delicate ambiance, just between the night and the day.#4 

Distance – Collapsed Cinema

Distance - Collapsed Cinema

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The Rout

The Rout

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Sometimes I need to be ready to move fast, like the time I shot a photo of an old temple on the top of a small mountain. It had been raining so hard that I had been stuck at the bottom. I had to rush to reach the summit before sunset. While I was working on my lights, some people showed up, looking for a sight to photograph the thunderstorm still ongoing further (and which can be seen on the background of my image). It is rare that I meet people at night, and it is usually not a problem. Another thunderstorm was slowly coming toward us and I rushed back to the bottom!#6 

Abandoned Swimming Pool At Night

Abandoned Swimming Pool At Night

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The Atome

The Atome

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In the forest, especially in mountain areas, you cannot rely only on your phone GPS to find your way. I was planning to shoot in such an area and a friend lent me an old map. It was from 30 years ago, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t do my research correctly, and the ruin I shot this day was actually one hour away from the parking spot. The map allowed me to find it. As dusk came, I finally reached it, after going on a sketchy downhill path, which I didn’t want to climb again in the dark with my heavy backpack. I shot a photo with 8 speedlights and checked the map for an alternate way to go back up the hills. One of the paths looked way easier. But the way got smaller and smaller, the grass longer and longer, and soon I had to find my way through ferns. I was too far to go back. So I climbed the slope through the vegetation, until I found my way back up, all sweaty and thirsty. Small adventures like this are fun, and I would have been happy even if I didn’t take any photos.#8 

Inside The Beast

Inside The Beast

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Origin – Abandoned Greenhouse

Origin - Abandoned Greenhouse

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For this new season, I’m starting to bring people along again. Having someone with me is nice! My friends aren’t always familiar with abandoned places, and I like to share those exploration moments. Sometimes it’s the beginning of a new passion for them, and this is great!

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Propaganda

Propaganda

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I am a french artist photographer based in Berlin. I explore abandoned places at night, and I put them in a light you’ve probably not seen before. Playing with colors is a big part of my life ! Read more »

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Incredible Underwater Photographs by Bastien Soleil

Originally from Volvic, in a volcanic region of France, Bastien Soleil has not always been a photographer, but his art has naturally imposed itself on him. At first a designer, marketing, and communication expert, the artist changed his life and his vision. It was the first snorkeling dive in Thailand six years ago that the love affair between the photographer and the underwater world began.  Three years later, he invested in a camera and appropriate housing, which allowed him to capture the beauty of it. The result is striking pictures, which call for letting go, abandonment, and faith. “I believe in Freedom, not the freedom to act senselessly, but the Freedom to be free from one’s past and history, from everything we think limits us. With the help of Water, I realized that we are unlimited, it’s about energy and letting go”, he explains.closevolume_off

His recognizable artistic universe offers a world full of wonders, where the shimmering rays of the sun embrace and sublimate the bodies he photographs. The graceful movement of the models, in weightlessness, is captured by the camera without giving the impression of being frozen. The works of Bastien Soleil often recall the aestheticism of classical paintings, with a sometimes-dramatic aspect. All of his photographs are taken underwater and without air assistance or masks for the models. A real performance that he achieves with brilliance and which requires fast work since the shooting time lasts less than 30 seconds. His work has been exhibited in France and around the world and his video Tang’o, also relayed internationally, has just been awarded the prize for “Best Foreign Short Film” by the London Independent Film Awards.

More of his poetic work to see on his websitefacebook page  or Instagram account.

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Originally from Volvic, in a volcanic region of France, Bastien Soleil has not always been a photographer, but his art has naturally imposed itself on him. At first a designer, marketing, and communication expert, the artist changed his life and his vision. It was the first snorkeling dive in Thailand six years ago that the love affair between the photographer and the underwater world began.  Three years later, he invested in a camera and appropriate housing, which allowed him to capture the beauty of it. The result is striking pictures, which call for letting go, abandonment, and faith. “I believe in Freedom, not the freedom to act senselessly, but the Freedom to be free from one’s past and history, from everything we think limits us. With the help of Water, I realized that we are unlimited, it’s about energy and letting go”, he explains.closevolume_off

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My 21 Watercolor Paintings That Capture How The Sun Changes The Atmosphere In Cities

I created several watercolors of cities that show how the sun shines and how it changes the atmosphere of these places. You may see more on my Instagram.

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Here Are The Most Beautiful Abandoned Theaters That I Found Around The World (25 Pics)

My name is Dimitri and I am a photographer and also a freelance graphic designer, based in France. I am also known for my brand name Jahz (Jahz Design).

I travel the globe looking for places in decline—therefore, my latest series centers INNUEDO TEATRO, one of the most beautiful abandoned theaters in the world.

Also, check out my posts about the most beautiful abandoned castles, Georgian Soviet-era spas, and lastly my most beautiful abandoned places around the world (part 1, part 2, and part 3).

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Digital Artist Colorizes Old Photos And Explains Their Backstories (20 Pics)

Looking at black and white historical photos, one can’t help but imagine how their subjects might have actually looked liked in real life. That’s where Joel Bellviure of Cassowary Colorizations steps in. The man creates detailed colorizations of historical photos, and the results look like they’ve just been taken. And not only that – he takes it one step further by providing a backstory for each of the pictures he colorizes.

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My Girlfriend Shows That Autism Is Not All About Science, It Can Be Also Be About Art

Hi, pandas,

For most people, autism relates to a scientist working in really narrow fields or grown men passionate about trains. Although it isn’t far from the truth, it’s, of course, not a good representation of the diversity of profiles that come from this disability.

I’m here on behalf of my girlfriend to showcase her work and tell you a bit more about her condition. I am not a native speaker, so please excuse me for my poor English.

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A Chocolate House Has Been Opened In France, And It Costs $59 For A Night

Do you remember the creepy tale of Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm? Now you can feel like one of the characters without the fear of a cannibalistic witch trying to eat you! A chocolate cottage has been built in Sèvres, France and it’s the dream home of everyone with a sweet tooth.

The Chocolate Cottage, designed by artisan chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau, is 18 square meters in size and it took a whopping 1.5 million tons of chocolate to make. It accommodates up to four people and features everything you can think of made from chocolate – from the walls and roof to cups and books – all this for a mere $59. The lucky guests will even get to take part in a unique workshop dedicated to crafting personalized mini chocolate chalets.

Jean-Luc says he never thought he’d have the opportunity to build a life-size Chocolate Cottage: “I hope guests will relish the chance to experience such a sweet and unique place to stay.” But keep in mind – only a limited amount of nights at The Chocolate Cottage are available, so hurry up, if you want to make it!

Check out the amazing Chocolate Cottage in the gallery below!

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If you ever wanted to feel like Hansel and Grethel, The Chocolate Cottage is just what you need

The cottage is 18 square meters in size and it took a whopping 1.5 million tons of chocolate to make

It is located in Sèvres, France and accommodates up to four people

The cottage features everything you can think of made from chocolate – from the walls and roof to cups and books

The lucky guests will even get to take part in a unique workshop dedicated to crafting personalized mini chocolate chalets

Keep in mind that The Chocolate Cottage will only be available, for a limited number of nights so hurry up, if you want to make it!

“I hope guests will relish the chance to experience such a sweet and unique place to stay,” says artisan chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau

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17 Artists Suggested Their Own Ideas For The Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction

Back on April 15, Paris suffered a disaster that touched the hearts of many Parisians and other people worldwide – the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, a 15-hour-long inferno that destroyed a big part of the cathedral’s roof along with its iconic spire. However, most of the building survived the fire and people from all over the world have donated money to help rebuild it. And while many believe that the cathedral should be rebuilt to its original state, some artists are offering their own unique ideas for the reconstruction.

A few days after the fire, France decided to host a design competition for the cathedral’s spire replacement. Edouard Philippe, the prime minister of France, said that they were looking for a fresh look “adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”. Many artists responded to this competition and you can see some of the most interesting projects in the gallery below!

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Image source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

In his project called ‘Palingenesis’, architect Vincent Callebaut tried to combine science, art, and spirituality into one beautiful glass creation. The architect imagined a garden under the glass exterior that would serve as both aesthetic and nourishing purposes. “Transparency, sharing and openness to our society’s development: such are the ideas conveyed by this new, diaphanous forest of Notre-Dame, outlining the new face of the Church in the 21st century. A dynamic, agile and contemporary Church,” says the architect.

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Image source: studio NAB

Studio NAB propose a greenhouse on top of the cathedral and even beehives inside the spire.

#4

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“Our Proposal for the new roof and spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris: A Phoenix rises from the ashes. The spire, clad in sand cast copper panels, emerges from the blackened stainless steel roof supported by flame charred glulam trusses in remembrance of what was and what can become.”

#5

Image source: summumarchi

“A proposal by summumarchi gives access to Notre Dame’s attic to make it a commemorative park, with purple colors in memory of the fire, while taking advantage of this enormous generosity of donations to make it a sanctuary for animals and insects even more threatened in cities. May this reconstruction serve the environment, and demonstrate to the rest of the world the knowledge of our French companions of how to deal with magnificent, technical, timeless architecture at the highest level possible. A symbol for future generations.”

#6

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“Upward motion, an idea of mine for Notre Dame’s spire”

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Image source: Norman Foster

Architect Norman Foster says his spire design resembles a “super-slender needle touching heaven’s clouds” and supposedly would give the structure more light.

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“This subject is very sensitive for reasons that are easily understood. The wood that the construction was made out of as well as its assemblages and age make it a remarkable and honorable creation. It is hard to imagine that there would be another option than rebuilding the identical roof structure and the roof by using all the documents we have. Just like the castle of Guédelon, that is being rebuilt using the knowledge of our ancestors, Notre-Dame de Paris could also become a huge open-air educational project. In a few decades, this tragic episode would fade and as a result we would have a brand new roof of the Cathedral. But if we think about it, would we really be satisfied with this result? What other pleasure would we find besides that of comforting us in the certainty that everything is eternal?”

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“Our proposal for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral is to use one element that it has the best, the stained glass.

Make all the cover in stained glass, including the tower, with transparency to the inner side, through the opening of the vaults, leaving only the structures flying buttresses.

In Gothic there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colors through the filter of the cover in stained glass.

At night the inner illumination turns into a grandiose retro backlit coverage.”

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Image source: mathieulehanneur

“Some say that we should rebuild the spire as it was originally. Others say that we should design a new one. So, let’s build a new one as it was… 8 days ago”

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Image source: poa.estudio

“NOUVELLE DAME – Proposal for a new cover of Notre Dame, París”

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Image source: deroodavid

“Today the French architecture board website reads, ’Heritage, ancient or contemporary, is a revealing and structuring element of our culture, and we must inculcate ourselves to keep alive these markers but also built today the markers of our time’.Ultimately, I trust in France’s cultural core and its decision makers to have the audacity to move forward while retaining The Lady’s timeless image. I can only hope the project will be humble but innovative, delicate, beautiful and engaged,created by highly skilled people around a common table.”

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Image source: alexandre_fantozzi

“A single element used, stained glass. No new architectural features, no intervention elements (redesign), no ego, no artistic aspirations.

The material specified for this, stained glass, is made of a high-tech glass produced by a renowned and traditional French factory. The glasses have sun protection, without changing the desired aesthetic.

The windows offer greater thermal comfort inside the Cathedral, greater natural light, reduces external noise.”

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Image source: vizumatelier

“It’s a tragedy. Nothing would ever return over 850 years of beauty, but it’s time to [rebirth] Notre-Dame. In Gothic times builders [tried] to reach the sky, Le Duc [tried] it also in 19th century and have come closer. Now it’s possible to make it happen. Lightweight crown that connects heaven with earth.”

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Image source: kissthearchitect

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