It was Friday night, and we had just returned from Japan after three weeks in search of abandoned buildings. The car had broken down just outside the ABC studio right before our pre-arranged interview, so while my wife and daughter waited in the car for our friend to come and help, I spoke to Sarah Mashman of ABC Hobart about Lost Collective and the way the project reconnects the communities it engages.
It was out of regular hours, and when I got to the reception desk, there was confusion about whether I was even supposed to be there. Well, I knew I was supposed to be there but the guard manning the desk didn’t.
The interview almost didn’t go ahead, the security guard wasn’t going to let me in, but luckily, at the last minute we got through the name mix up and onward to the only studio (so it seemed) to still have anyone in it.
So, we got to talking about things and stuff, and it was all recorded with a link to the interview provided at the end of this post if anyone is keen to have a listen.
It’s funny to note that the interview was here in Sydney, but Sarah was in Hobart. Can you tell the distance in the conversation?
Anyway, in the end, it was a lovely chat with Sarah and we managed to get the car battery sorted, so the night turned out to be a fun little adventure in itself.
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
This is the actual audio of my ABC Central West interview with Kia Handley that relates to my other blog post you can see here .
I don’t really know what happened in that introduction at the very beginning of this interview, nerves I guess.
This ABC Central West interview was live, although I wasn’t with Kia in the studio, I was on the phone sitting under a tree in a park in Mt Druitt, during work at my (former) real job. It seemed as though I went through a phase of doing this kind of thing, especially early 2016 when things really started to move quickly. I think there was one month where I ended up having something like a dozen media requests! It’s tough keeping Lost Collective ticking over while working a full-time job.
I don’t think that any of my interviews are fully representative of what I am about, it’s difficult to get everything out that I want to in 16 minutes but I think I got pretty close.
In saying all this, I know the content of a blog post is supposed to be informative and engaging, and I do my best where I can but the core of the content here is the audio interview itself. So, I invite you to head over to the ABC NSW Soundcloud page by clicking here and have a listen for yourself.
Well this was Exciting! My first ABC Radio National interview, alongside my friend Tim Frawley from Abandoned Australia .
It was lovely to get to meet Cassie McCullagh in person and a pleasure to discuss the ins and outs of what we do as urban explorers as part of this ABC Radio National interview.
I remember sitting on the couch in the waiting area, my palms were sweating, and I was getting very nervous before speaking, but once we got into it, it was actually very welcoming, and my fears were quickly put to rest.
It was all over before I even realised. When Cassie wrapped up I have to admit; I felt like I was only just getting started. Particularly around something like the ethics of urban exploration.
This is a complicated argument that I think many of my critics out there cherry pick facts when making the argument for the preservation of buildings by not disclosing what they are.
It is worth me noting from the outset that I don’t give out specifics of physical locations. I do name buildings; It is an important part of what I do, and the photo essays are pointless without including the contributions of the communities and the businesses themselves. These people and places should be acknowledged and remembered rather than being allowed to slip away into lost memories.
If you don’t own the building, and you don’t have permission to be there, you have as little credibility as any other vandal, explorer, copper thief or squatter. Isn’t it ironic that the act of an urban explorer breaking into a building is frowned upon within the scene, yet the same people are reliant on someone else breaking in first so they can gain illegal access themselves?
Listen to the full interview here .