I haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to this interview I did with Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon .
I probably should, seeing it’s the most in-depth interview I’ve done, but I hate listening to my own voice.
This was recorded while I was still working full time in between weekend urbex adventures. It was in between a job, and we had to find a quiet public space to have the phone interview.
We parked at the end of an industrial area, and I walked across a couple of parks to get to a football field where I waited for the call to come through from New Zealand.
I was actually starting to get a little bit nervous so I started walking laps while waiting to do the interview. When it was time to record, I hadn’t stopped walking laps!
Kathryn obviously picked up on something and during the interview and asked if I was moving around. My cover was blown! Can you tell in the audio that I’m walking?
In the end, it was a good chat, we got into urban exploration, histories, communities and photography of course, and I’m very thankful to Radio New Zealand for taking an interest in my work.
You can listen to the full interview here
The Daily Telegraph Featured pictures from the Lost Collective Balmain Leagues Club gallery. The article went online and in print.
This came out back from a time when the Daily Telegraph, being the impartial media outlet, renowned for quality journalism and integrity that it is, would ask to use my images, rather than simply lifting them from my website without permission or even bothering to credit me.
I’m not sure why there was a need to re-edit my photos for this article and then lower the resolution prior to publishing but hey. What’s done is done.
I think that anyone who has seen the exterior of Balmain Leagues Club, would not be very surprised to see that the interior of the building is in the state that can be seen in my pictures.
The site is a massive eyesore and a blight on the Sydney’s Inner West landscape. It stands as a festering icon of developer greed gone wrong and the future of the building lies in limbo with no end in sight. Much to the detriment of anyone who lives nearby.
Take a look at the article below and hear what some of the involved parties have to say about this mess and what is (or isn’t) being done about it.
This year marks seven years since the Balmain Leagues Club was sold for $1 in exchange for its buyer inheriting the club’s $22million-plus debt.
But a series of shocking photos captured by Sydney photographer Brett Patman shows just how far the once-proud building has fallen into disrepair.
Squatters have taken up residence, floors are rotting from water damage and almost every wall has been covered in graffiti.
To read the online article, click here .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Mail is a British daily middle-market tabloid newspaper owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust and published in London.