I’ve done this before, so I thought I’d try again.
It’s really quite easy to do (even more so in a car the size of mine), but the effects are simply stunning.
These were all shot with the posted 30mph speed limit (probably a bit slower than that), and are 13 second exposures.
I stood the tripod in the back of the car, with a leg wedged in to the seat fold, focused to infinity and used my remote sequence timer to activate the shutter. This meant that at no time while I was driving, did I have to touch the camera to activate it
Bangour Hospital Village is a massive sprawling site just outside of Livingston and has been disused as a hospital for many years.
In it’s life it has been a Veterans Hospital, a hospital for patients with psychiatric disorders and a satellite day centre for St Johns.
The grounds are open to the public and is a great dog walking (not dogging) area, with it’s mixture of empty roads, open spaces and trees. The buildings are in severe disrepair, and all except the church have been bricked up to prevent entry (risk of collapse and asbestos).
Further information on the site can be found here.
The general Public have to leave the site by sun down, and if any linger, the on-site security team have no problem in kicking them off …
Except for two nights only, Simon and I were granted unprecedented night-time access to the site, to lightpaint some of the buildings.
The weather was absolutely horrendous; it threw it down with good old Scottish liquid sunshine – even when it got dark.
The result – unfortunately was the majority of images shot were ruined by water on the lens. Due to the size of the buildings, the average exposure time was around the 5 minutes mark, and that’s more that enough time for the lens to be totally covered in rain and the image damaged beyond my Photoshop skills.
Shortly after we shot the church, the rain re-started with vengeance, and there was little point in continuing.
I would like to thank the people that granted permission to Simon and I to gain access at night, and to the security team who thought we were made, but understood what we were doing.
It would be fantastic if we got the chance to go back one night – however that’s in the lap of the gods.
The site is in the process of being sold off, with a view to convert it in to a housing estate. The Grade A listed buildings will stay – the church, community hall and the nurses block – however the rest will be demolished if the sale goes ahead. It will be a shame, as the area is well loved among the local community, however seeing the site how it is, is also a shame.
This is the first time I’ve worked with the totally lovely Amber Skyline.
This was studio work, and outside of my normal comfort zone as I much prefer location to studio, and it was mainly to get some studio time in.