I personally like to organise Photography trips from time to time. Helps me to explore new avenues, themes, experiences that helps me enlarge my capacity of understanding photography, and meet new friends that will last a lifetime. It’s not always easy to do so, but you just got to try and try even though it never works out. Capturing every moment with your camera gives us a kind of art that not many of us would even bother noticing, which lead me to pursue photography. Originally, I’ve organised a trip to Caringbah High school over a month ago which has been abandoned since 2010. The school is huge, covering hectares of land. But due to an unstable foundation, Caringbah High School’s north campus was abandoned in 2010 leaving behind lessons on whiteboards and notes on desks. There are still areas in the school that aren’t abandoned, to which the students still goes to regularly. We were keen to go to the abandoned site, until one evening, somebody messaged me that it is no longer accessible. The place is highly guarded making it inaccessible for photographers to enter. I didn’t have a plan B so we had to improvise on that day. Mind you its not easy to find a location in the last minute. We all met together at Central station and decided to walk a few blocks towards Redfern direction. We took pictures of graffitis and did some architectural photography. We managed to discover a few abandoned sites, but majority are inaccessible due to security reasons. Some even have CCTV cameras in them that has facial recognition technology. So if you ever get spotted, knowing the sophistication of the technologies nowadays, you will eventually get in trouble by the authorities. We didn’t want to risk it knowing we have a Canadian, and an Egyptian with us. If you are a tourist or a business person doing a tour here, you will be deported immediately if you ever do get in trouble for trespassing. Photographers do take risks to venture in areas as such. Such is where you’ll get caught for, no 1, trespassing, breach of privacy, and even be killed. I understand the first two, but I hope none of us will experience the latter. God forbid.
After the experience we had at Redfern, I just gotta make up for all the failed attempts and organise another trip to an abandoned site by searching through Google. That’s when I discovered the Tooth & Brewery Co at Mittagong. We were glad to finally find an abandoned site. This time, only 3 of us went. There had been many photographers that have visited the site. Some even visited the place twice due to appealing symmetrical structures and ease of access. No security guards or property "owners" ordering us to leave the place. You just got to walk through tall grass and hope there are no snakes lying around! However, I'm sure there are other entries to the site, we just didn't bother searching for it. When entering the building, be mindful that there are still risks involved such as unstable beams and woods, asbestos (we only saw one pile), mozzies, drunk guys and teenagers smashing things around. You’ve got to expect that in an abandoned site. So if you ever visit the building, watch out for those. Always watch every step and bring an insect repellent. I got bitten by mosquitoes in one of the buildings. My other friend got bitten also. The third one didn't experience any! Seems that the Asian blood is more tasty than the Brazilian blood. Its probably all that rice and noodles, but you'll never know. Or it could be the Beef in black bean sauce and MSG! Okay I should just stop...
Also, apologies if I’m going to sound sexist with what I’m about to say, if you’re a female photographer planning a visit to the site, I would suggest to bring a male companion with you as it can get sketchy in there. If you believe you're more than capable of fending for yourself, go right ahead. Don’t let my comment hold you back.
There are 4 buildings in the area, but we only visited 2 due to lack of time, and loss of concentration due to hunger. The buildings are huge and you'll spend so much time taking a variety of shots of different spots and corners just in one building only. Being photographers, you gotta make sure you have that good shot so you end up taking tens, hundreds, if not thousands of shots that you almost overload your memory and run out of battery! Now, I never really delved into the history of the place, but I won't go into details. You can look it up in Google yourself. I'd like to keep my blogs short and simple. Other than that, enjoy the rest of the pics I've personally taken. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I'll try to answer it promptly.