Friday, October 19, 2012

Camp 30

Sitting at the edge of sprawl in the golden horseshoe lies the remains of a WW2 Prisoner of war camp. Built some time during the 1940's to hold German soldiers and various figures of threat to the country during the time of war.
Though its purpose has been thoroughly removed through out the years after the war, the site still tells its story. What I find most unique about sites like these, is the village like setting in which they were designed to operate independently from anything else. 
This complex of buildings now sits alone, slowly crumbling into ruins and sinking into disrepair. Non the less, this site is complete with its own cafetorium, schools, gyms, pool, power plant, and pump houses.  

We started our exploration in the warming rays of the afternoon sun. Entering the cafetorium first, the uplifting colours of decayed paint ignited with intense luminosity. Roaming over to a rather decrepit building shrouded in tall grass we entered a morbid reminder of what use to be. A full sized pool lied burrowed in the ground, ravaged with decay. Soon after we came to a building, well I'm not sure building is the correct term, as it was burned to a shell. The massive I beams above warped like liquorice and twisted under the intense fire.
As the sun set, the site possessed a more sinister atmosphere. As we entered the last building, unaccountable sounds filled us with fear. Looking down the long corridors, the site was laden with darkness. Decay eating the insides and open doors lined the site, each and everyone being a door to the abyss and unknown.
Avoiding the troubles on the main floor, we headed for the roof, which to our benefit was an escape from the hellish ruins that lied below us. After relaxing and taking in the luminous stars we marked this the end of our exploration, and a good one at that. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kodak Plant

     This location famously serving film for photographers for years, now ironically serves a more infamous purpose in photography. This single building holds more then you need for subject matter, complete with its own stage, cafetorium and roof top with a unique view of Torontos core and sprawl.

I'm unsure of the current status or state of neglect, but here is how she stood in 2009

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Ruins

Deep in the woodland isolated from civilization lies the remains of our past. This cement structure has been set aside, left to battle with the vegetation and weather. So often I come here to lie on the cement roof and mediate, its very peaceful.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Subterranean Darkness

To most of us, no one knows what goes on beneath their feet, but deep under the fabric of the city huge tunnels, large rooms and raging torrents of water flow endlessly. This here opens a whole new realm worthy of exploration.

What I love most about these tunnels is the intense atmosphere created. Its something one has to experience, being in this subterranean network is truly a break from reality. Its interesting to see the walls laden with graffiti from past explorers and partiers. Sounds of cars hitting the grates above echo in distorted fashions in the acoustics of these tunnels. Oh the joys of light painting unfold.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

R.L.Hearn Power Plant

R.L. Hearn Generating Station, built in 1951 and abandon in 1983. The plant burned coal, but as time progressed, some of the coal boilers had been replaced to burn natural gas. The Hearn plant also had the tallest smoke stack (705 ft) in all of North America, however it lost its title when the Inco Superstack (1,247 ft) was built in Sudbury. The Plant closed down due to a number of reasons. One being air pollution in the Toronto area and the slowly aging equipment. Since then this building has sat and battled with the elements. For one exploring this place, it really gives you an idea as to what it takes to produce power for our city.