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iGNANT Feature On Brett Patman | Lost Collective

Online art magazine iGNANT got in touch early 2016 to talk about Lost Collective. Another amazing publication who helped share the story from the very beginning.

a dark hall in a colliery - ignant - lost collective

It was pretty exciting stuff to be featured alongside some of the world’s most talented upcoming artists.

I had to have a laugh at some of the feedback from the Facebook post. I guess it is no surprise that not everyone loves HDR.

entertainment room of callan park - ignant - lost collective

Here’s some of my personal favourites –

Please iGNANT shows us no such HDR photos.

2006 called, it wants its Flickr photos back.

HDR post process should be illegal.

a clinic in callan park - ignant - lost collective

Everyone’s a critic huh?

I think HDR is one of those things that has been through a period of being so overdone by everyone (including myself), that it became a dirty word by default.

While I certainly believe people’s criticisms of HDR can be valid, it’s like anything other creative outlets, there can still be good when there is bad.

There is no shortage of terrible music out there but you wouldn’t stop listening altogether because someone made a trap remix of Gangnam Style right?

I guess for my comparison to make sense the internet would need to be flooded with terrible remixes of Gangnam Style. For all I know, it probably is!

the bath house ignant - lost collective

Anyway, check out some excerpts from the article below.

From an old power station to a forgotten hospital, the images depict decaying places in dark tones with an eerie atmosphere.

In an exclusive statement about the project, Patman says: “I’ve been shooting abandoned buildings for five years. I think they provide really interesting subject matter that often has rich history attached.

The images are quite powerful and have the ability to engage entire communities in a discussion about the past, present and future of the buildings.”

To read the article on iGNANT, click here .

entertainment hall of white bay power station - ignant - lost collective

iGNANT is an award-winning online magazine featuring the finest in art, design, photography, fashion and architecture. iGNANT is passionate about bringing you a curated selection of the most captivating work from both established creatives as well as emerging talents.

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Macquarie Boys Technology High Feature – Daily Mail | Lost Collective

The Daily Mail featured pictures from the Lost Collective Macquarie Boys Technology High Gallery. Read more about how this came to be here.

storage shelves in macquarie boys technology high - lost collective

This school is so far beyond saving. There were a number of people calling for the school to be restored when this gallery went live.

I think the photos probably speak for themselves in the sense that the school is just too far gone to be reused and it would seem the land could be better used for other purposes.

a badly decaying classroom of macquarie boys technology high - lost collective

In 2016, the school hall suffered an arson attack and was completely destroyed.

I can’t help but wonder why public land, such as Macquarie Boys Technology High that is going to waste goes through such extensive periods of total inaction, allowing the buildings to fall into a state of disrepair.

a tap in a laboratory room of macquarie boys technology high - lost collective

It’s a different story for heritage listed or historically significant buildings, but Macquarie Boys Technology High is neither.

I wouldn’t be too surprised if the state of the school descends even further over the course of another decade.

leftover chemistry equipment in macquarie boys technology high - lost collective

There was quite a large number of former students who saw the original collection of pictures when they were published to the Lost Collective Facebook page.

Can you imagine seeing the school where you spent the majority of your childhood in a state like this?

Lost Collective - Feature in Daily Mail

Photographs of an abandoned, derelict school have emerged after a photographer ventured into the neglected property to document it’s decline.

The Macquarie Boys High School in Sydney’s west was closed in 2009, a result of falling enrolments and after accusations, the Department of Education had let it ‘bleed to death’.

But the amount of damage done to the school in the past seven years makes it seem as if the property has been unused for much longer.

To read the article in Daily Mail, click here.

an old art class of macquarie boys technology high - lost collective

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Daily Mail Feature Balmain Leagues Club | Lost Collective

Here’s another feature on the piss soaked urban blight that is the Balmain Leagues Club . This time, The Daily Mail features images from Lost Collective gallery.

balmain leagues club carpark ramp - daily mail - lost collective

I think Balmain Leagues Club is a classic example of how the concept of secrecy at all costs in the urban exploration scene has outgrown its purpose.

Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely sensitive locations where that idea of secrecy most definitely applies. I have many collections from places that have never seen the light of day for this very reason. But Balmain Leagues Club is as far as you can get from being one of them.

balmain leagues club cocktail bar - daily mail - lost collective

The site is beyond saving. It is an icon of developer greed gone wrong, and if the building somehow caught on fire, it would probably make it better.

It has no heritage value. It has no important architectural features and more than any other thing, the building is completely ruined, rotten and vandalised to the core.

balmain leagues club carpark - daily mail - lost collective

It’s clear Wests Tigers are no closer to sorting out their own on-field woes let alone the leagues club.

Interesting to hear that Rozelle Village has a security guard doing four rounds a day. Maybe he is doing the rounds at the wrong building.

balmain leagues club graffiti - daily mail - lost collective

Eerie photographs show how the Balmain Leagues Club has deteriorated in the seven years since it was sold for just $1.

The walls in Sydney’s inner west have been covered top to bottom in graffiti, cords hang tangled from the ceiling, and furnishings are smashed and sprawled across the dilapidated site that squatters took over in 2010.

A series of images by photographer Brett Patman, who captures abandoned and ‘forgotten environments’ for his project Lost Collective, show how far the club’s residence has plummeted as fans remember their golden age and the memorable 1989 grand final against the Canberra Raiders.

To read the article in Daily Mail, click here.

balmain leagues club bistro - daily mail - list collective

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Broadsheet – Why I Take Photos in Abandoned Buildings

I was invited to write for Broadsheet early in 2016. it was an opportunity to tell the story of what drives me to do what I do with Lost Collective.

ashio copper mine - broadsheet - lost collective

A year since writing this for Broadsheet, a lot has changed, whether for better or for worse, but the one thing that has stayed the same is the community reaction to the photos I post.

Not the likes, wows, shares or any of that. The real, first-hand reactions of people recalling their past. It is still such an amazing thing to watch unfold.

blayney abattoir - lost collective

I have met some incredible people over the past year who used to frequent the places I shoot. Some have even contributed greatly to the written component of many of the lost collective galleries.

One of the most amazing people I have met is a 94-year-old named John who founded an engineering company which played a part of the construction of most power stations in Australia.

callan park - broadsheet - lost collective

John saw my images of White Bay Power Station in the Sydney Morning Herald and called me on my way home from work to talk about his time there.

John is getting on these days and his memory is beginning to fail which is why he wrote this book.

grumpy gramps remembers book - broadsheet - lost collective

Here’s an excerpt from the article below.

I’ve worked as a fitter and turner for the past 15 years, then as a mechanical service technician, servicing all kinds of different customer sites to install, maintain and repair equipment. Places like water-treatment plants, mines, refineries, foundries, laboratories, food manufacturers, cigarette factories, crematoriums, power stations, the list goes on. I always thought the buildings that made up these industries were interesting – it’s what’s left behind when these industries become redundant that is often most interesting.

To read full the article I wrote for Broadsheet, click here .

shimizusawa power plant - broadsheet - lost collective

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