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