Smith Journal reached out to have a chat to me about Lost Collective and the White Bay Power Station gallery in particular.
This was the first in a series of rolling features that really helped make an impact and propel Lost Collective into one of the best known online catalogues of abandoned places.
It was really from this article in Smith Journal, that all the media requests began to roll in and I guess the rest after that is history.
I really love Smith Journal. I’m a regular reader myself and I’ve found some other amazing Urbex artists through reading such as Soviet Innerness and Danila Tkachenko .
In the end, it turned out to be a nice little article, a short and sweet interview written covertly at my work desk under the watchful eye of my hovering boss, for the job that I no longer work for.
Maybe the fact that I did all my interviews this way (well I went outside for the phone interviews) contributed to the reason that I don’t work there anymore.
Who knows? Who cares? It was a shit job anyway.
You don’t have to travel to the former USSR or Detroit to get your abandoned porn fix: as Brett Patman’s photos show, there’s plenty of it right here in Australia if you know where to look.
Brett spends his spare time shimmying into the nation’s once-bustling buildings for his Lost Collective project, which he uses as a way to capture what he calls our “lost history” before it fades away for good. His photos, like the above image taken from inside Sydney’s White Bay Power Station, are equal parts creepy and beautiful, and remind us that the structures we create continue to exist, long after we’ve left them.
Check out the Smith Journal article here .
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Capture Magazine was the first publication that ever contacted me for an interview. Not long after posting the first White Bay Power Station Gallery, Marc Gafen got in touch to discuss how the shoot all came about and how it felt to be inside such a coveted building.
This is really the very beginning of where Lost Collective came to the fore. Before this feature in Capture Magazine, it was really just a hobby that I never really thought would go anywhere. After being granted such rare access to a building as amazing as White Bay Power Station, I knew I needed to create something to showcase my pictures, and from there Lost Collective was born.
When this gallery initially went live the whole project revolved around a facebook page. Clearly, it’s come a long way since then.
Below is an excerpt from the article in Capture Magazine.
Brett Patman may well be the luckiest person in Sydney. No, he didn’t win the lottery, although some photographers might think that he had. Patman is one of a very select few who have been allowed access to Sydney’s White Bay Power Station, having wondered what it looks like for as long as he could remember.
The site had been was in operation from 1917 until 1983, and ever since then, it’s been entirely off-limits, notwithstanding the once in a Blue Moon “open days”, where visitors were able to peer into some of the buildings through Perspex windows. The site has been earmarked for a $2 billion transformation, so the historical value and importance of this series is certain to increase dramatically.
To the full feature in Capture, click here.
Capture Magazine is Australia’s leading magazine for pro photographers. It covers all aspects of running a successful photography business, from equipment, studios and techniques, to staffing, marketing, copyright and legal issues. It reaches the whole photographic community, including editorial, advertising, wedding, photojournalism, events, fashion and portrait photographers, plus assistants and aspiring students – the pros of the future.
Stoney Roads saw my the Lost Collective gallery of White Bay Power Station and almost instantly reached out, drawing comparisons to one of Germany’s most famous nightclubs Berghain.
Initially, when the gallery was going viral, the comments were a mix of heritage aficionados, locals who had always wondered and urban explorers. But I knew the moment when this article went live just by watching the thread of comments.
The thread of comments from the Facebook Gallery where the images were first published, went through a noticeable shift of talking about the historical aspects, to noting that the building was outside the boundary of Sydney’s lockout laws.
Imaginations were running wild as to what could become of such an amazing space. I think this train of thought is however shared by quite a few others including some big name players, so I think this dream is an unlikely one.
Lost Collective has created an amazing gallery for the long abandoned (like these places too) White Bay Power Station in Rozelle, Sydney. The heritage listed former coal-fired industrial station stretches across a huge 38000m2 and, let’s be frank, with a bit of restoration, a Funktion One sound system, some killer DJs, would be Sydney’s answer to Tresor or Berghain.
In the words of the Lost Collective photographer Brett Patman:
“I was lucky enough to be given a tour by Steve, the site security guard of White Bay Power Station of who I have to give huge thanks to for his patience over this 5.5 hour shoot and also for keeping me entertained with his stories about all the would-be intruders he has protected the building from since 1995.”
To read the article in Stoney Roads, click here .
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