Hastings Photographs:Hastings and St Leonards Observer Building
This was Urbexed with permission!
Back in 2012 I was given permission to do an Urbex ( Urban Explore ) of the old Hastings and St Leonards Observer building. Most Urbexing is done without permission, something I admit have done a couple of times, so it made an interesting change to not have to sneak around! lol The permission to Urbex the Hastings and St Leonards Observer building was given in exchange for supplying all the photos for the people in charge of it to use, a very fair deal. The Observer building was where the local Observer newspaper was written, edited and even printed, it's an amazing and very big building. As you can see from the photos it was very run down in there, there were holes in the floor, large areas flooded, rather unsafe feeling stairs etc. BTW Yes I was still on crutches at the time!!! lol
I understand why some people don't like people urbexing their derelict buildings, it's rather dodgy health and safety wise, plus some people do cause damage in these places, but many photographers just want to go in and capture the dark, damp, damaged, derelict, decrepit, disintegrating and slightly dangerous places! These places are amazing to photograph. These pictures are all black and white HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) Images, something I think works well with Urbex shoots.
I am not sure of the condition of the building now, it did reopen for a little while a couple of years ago, but only a small part of it.