Blog by a Belgian Flying Photographer based in Dubai (UAE) specializing in Architectural, Travel and Aviation photography
Monday, June 15, 2015
PRISON BREAK, Fujifilm goes Urbex at Loos (Lille-France)
Last month, I spend some time in prison, well kind of... Originally an abbey, the H-15 prison in Loos, part of Lille (France), has been deserted since early 2012 and has since become a popular spot for Urbex (Urban Exploration) photographers from all over the region.
A few holes in the wall surrounding the prison, make for a relatively easy entrance. And no, I did not see any "photography not allowed" signs...
I guess all prisons have kind of a mysterious feel to them, but since it was a very windy day, the sound of cracking roofs and slamming doors definitively added to the overall spooky atmosphere!
Even though I didn't see anybody else while I was there, looking at the amount of graffiti, I was clearly not the first one to visit the penal institution since its closure date.
One can only imagine what life behind bars is like...
As often is the case for Urbex photography, the roughness of the scene, makes for great HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.
In order to be mobile and fast moving, a lightweight mirrorless camera system, was definitively the way to go! All images were made with the trusty Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon 10-24 f4 wide-angle lens.
One of my favourite images shot outside, was the one below of the prison's football pitch which was clearly in need for some grass-cutting.
For more images of Lille; the 5th largest metropolitan area in France, click here, and more Urbex photography can be found here. Remember: "One of the many things one learns in prison, is that things are what they are and will be what they will be" - Oscar Wilde Happy shooting,