Today we have in the picture the photographer Richard Huntjens. He provided us with a cool set of pictures from an abandoned steel plant. All information about the plant, about Richard and his gear and about his vision on Urban Exploration behind the click.
Some info about Richard Huntjes
A few years ago, when I was around 18, I started experimenting with my recently bought Nikon D60 camera. Since then I have never let go the camera, nor the Nikon brand. Currently I am 22 years young, live in The Netherlands and work with the Nikon D5100 camera.
I photograph about everything, landscapes, animals, people and play with long shutter time. But the kind I most prefer is Urban Exploration.
My photography motto is: “Every picture tells a story, it depends on how the picture is taken how the story will be told.”
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This is a type of photography that is dangerous, interesting and difficult. About this subject I just can keep talking and talking, but I’d like to keep it short for now.
I explore old, abandoned, buildings and try to put the history on the picture. What happened here when it was in use? What happened afterwards? Has the nature taken over? Has it been vandalized? Etc..etc..
It is dangerous because you walk around in abandoned buildings where nobody has taken care of for years. Never underestimate it, or it will get you hurt.
You don’t need to be a photographer to be an Urban Explorer, some people just like to visit the buildings to ‘sniff’ some history, to put it like that. But I do take pictures when I explore, so I can tell the story to other people with those pictures.
The golden rule with this hobby is:
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”.
Don’t steal, break things etc etc. If it happens, those people ruin the hobby for other Urban Explorers.
About the factory
The factory where the pictures below are taken, is an abandoned Steel plant. It has been abandoned for some time, but when I visited the first time, the power bill still was being paid as the power was still on and the alarm was going off, but no one paid attention to it. In total I spent around 12 hours walking around in this plant to see half of the factory, the underground system, the labs, the workplaces and much more.