Strictly-Prohibited Locations Greatly Photographed by Matt Emmett

Photography by Matt Emmett, Entombed.

Signs that read like “No entry,” “Access Strictly Prohibited,” or “Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted” are for the average citizen a sign that a certain facility is not to be explored. Those warnings — often times a good deterrent against thieves and vandals — do nothing but whet the appetite of Matt Emmett, an urban heritage photographer. The practice Emmett is specialized in — of which he is a master in fact — is known as urban exploration, or ruin photography, a field of photography that is gathering popularity year after year.

Ignoring the Warnings Yields Great Returns

For those brave souls that ignore the warnings and climb fences and gates, usually the rewards are worth the risk: Enormous industrial spaces that feel more like alien landscapes, decadent residential buildings surrendering to the unstoppable advance of nature, and more.

Photographer Matt Emmett’s Peculiar Mission

Emmet is a talented photographer from the UK. His project — called Forgotten Heritage Photography — is an original, peculiar mission to shoot off-limit, hidden locations around the world.

Of course, Emmett always does his best to seek permission by the owners of the different facilities before intruding himself into the remote sites. However, the photographer often finds himself in the position to have to climb and jump fences and obstacles of various nature to get his pictures done.

Emmett indicates:

“For some, just getting inside a location to experience this alternative form of sightseeing, is enough to satiate the desire to go where the powers that be tell us we shouldn’t. But for others there is a need to capture the spirit of a location in words and pictures, giving others a metaphorical ‘leg-up’ over the fences and to walk them through the debris and rubble…”

The photographer continues:

“…I fall into the latter of these groups, travelling regularly to places in the UK and in Europe, seeking out vast power stations and their cooling towers, steel works, mines, bunkers, tunnels, schools, engine sheds, hotels, castles and a myriad of other buildings. All have their own stories to tell in a variety of voices, and without the distraction, sounds and people who inhabited them, those stories are clear and strong and the character of the building is laid bare.”

Two Years of Work Produces a Vast Collection

As you’ll be able to explore shortly, Emmett committed work in the past two years has produced a large collection of intriguing pieces of photography. The striking imagery presented below comes from sites like abandoned underground military facilities, steel plants, ancient castles, decadent libraries, etc.

More press on Emmett’s work:

Large Wind Tunnel Latest Effort by Emmet

One of the most recent works by Emmett took place in the the interior of an extensive wind tunnel complex that has been locked from public view for the past 40 years. Some of these images are presented below.

Emmett, however, has many more planned locations to visit and photograph over the next few months. You can follow Emmett either via the Forgotten Heritage Photography project on Facebook, or via the following Flickr page, where he seems to be quite active with posting new photos.

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Secret of the Lake”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Decaying Chateau Ceiling”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Derelict Music Room”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“European Trading House”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Abandoned Watermill”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Cell 4 Plenum Chamber”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Control Desk”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Film Set Doors”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Broken Landscape”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Abandoned Prison Wing”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Flooded Coke Works”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Pavilion on the Lake”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Arc furnace”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“AutoConer Machine”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Beneath the Fan”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Beneath the tower”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Condense”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Gauges and Dials”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Industrial Symmetry”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Jet Engine Test Cell”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Manor House Corridor”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Nature Finds a Way”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Power Station Gauges”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Purton Hulks”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Radar Dome Exterior”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Radar Dome”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Rotational Axis”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Scenes of Graphic Violence”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“School Corridor”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Steel Plant”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Steel works Stairs”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Subterranean Victorian Cistern”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Underground Reservoir”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“UP Cooling Tower”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“UP Leadenhall”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“UP Prison”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Water Storage”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Winch Hook”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“Wind Tunnel Plenum Chamber”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“UP Pumping Station”

Photography by Matt Emmett.

“UP Stock Exchange”


Images credit: © Copyright Matt Emmett. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without explicit permission by Matt Emmett is strictly prohibited.
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Writeca
Writeca

Forgotten Heritage Photography thanks. We'd love to share more work of yours in the future, so keep up the good work, too, Matt! Never stop creating.

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Forgotten Heritage Photography

Love it. Thanks again. You have a great site there and the work you feature is very interesting too. Keep up the good work Davide.

MattEmmett
MattEmmett

Thanks Davide. A nicely put together article :) Appreciate the support. Matt