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I'm a typical down to earth Yorkshireman, and true to myself person.
I was born and bred, and still live in the great City of Leeds.
I'm slowly getting wiser thanks to being such a bloody fool in the past!
I try not to be too serious, and enjoy a good laugh in life.
I wear my heart on my sleeve, what you see is what you get with me.
Although it isn't easy in this day and age, I always try to treat people with the same respect that I would like to receive back.
About my photography!
I first started my exploration photography during the Summer of 2006.
This type of photography can be called Urban exploration, or Urbex for short.
I however don't want to limit, or pigeon hole myself into any kind of category.
There are many ethics, and contradictory politics to disagree with in Urbex these days.
Individuality, and enjoyment in what you do is the main thing!
I also like to capture subjects that interest me. Surviving relics from bygone days, interesting stories. Hidden, and forgotten places around Leeds.
I have always been fascinated by the heavy engineering of the Victorian era.
The mammoth construction of the railways and canals. These fed the ever hungry mouth of the Industrial revolution that shaped Britain today. These construction feats still stand as a lasting legacy, and testament to the men who built them. I feel it is a shame when the hard work gone in to building them has been left to decay.
There can often be a sad beauty in photographing these forlorn places.
I have very little time for modernisation, It is mostly plastic and lacking any real character, It very rarely stands the test of time.
I hope some of my photographs will prove to be a positive collection of images for future generations to come.
''Fortes fortuna adiuvat''
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make! ♥
- Middleton Railway 486 photos, 26 members
- Beautiful Hell 7,947 photos, 2,820 members
- Birkenhead Mollington Street TMD, Memories of 6C, 8H , BC 144 photos, 31 members
- Old School Gangster's. 293 photos, 112 members
- Battle of Britain and the UK Blitz 1940-1941 3,800 photos, 505 members
- Castles - Castillos 84,607 photos, 10,251 members
- Castles,Palaces,Manor houses,Cottages - Post 1 Award 2 / Sweeper 39,784 photos, 3,272 members
- Sunset light 57,781 photos, 21,498 members
- Flickr Hacks 427 photos, 21,735 members
- New Flickr Layout Sucks 1,172 photos, 1,817 members
- Seascape Central 64,376 photos, 4,742 members
- Rails in the Dales 2,032 photos, 125 members
- Classic Buses and Coaches in Preservation 10,464 photos, 114 members
- Guide Bridge - Trains and Train Crew 604 photos, 44 members
- UK Bus: Leeds Standard Dual Doors 327 photos, 32 members
- Ian's-World e-bay photo thief beware! 28 photos, 64 members
- Trains and railways 508,067 photos, 3,463 members
- Train Photography 346,676 photos, 8,965 members
- RUST IN PEACE "vehicles only" 5,673 photos, 670 members
- Rusty cars and other things 16,248 photos, 981 members
- Rusty Things 7,482 photos, 534 members
- The Rustiest Stuff In The World, Just Got Rustier 6,589 photos, 740 members
- Rust is Beautiful 5,385 photos, 314 members
- Rust & eroded 430 photos, 405 members
- old & vintage 30,996 photos, 2,719 members
- Steam Locomotives 140,737 photos, 2,813 members
- Gas and Steam Engines 15,133 photos, 414 members
- Neglect and rust 13,138 photos, 654 members
- Rusted Vehicles 16,201 photos, 551 members
- Rust Never Sleeps 11,249 photos, 707 members
- Rust & Crust 12,014 photos, 867 members
- Lifeless Faces - always something to talk to 9,480 photos, 1,349 members
- Faces in Places 26,455 photos, 7,275 members
- **piping / 配管 2,805 photos, 1,170 members
- Doors, Doorways - Portals and Passages 37,382 photos, 3,664 members
- Wonders of Oxidation 47,040 photos, 8,074 members
- trains 398,512 photos, 11,681 members
- I Love Trains 580,123 photos, 16,633 members
- all things rusty 28,895 photos, 1,478 members
- The Rust Bucket 85,391 photos, 7,738 members
- Rust and Ruins 22,742 photos, 1,186 members
- Underground 14,891 photos, 1,385 members
- Queensbury 2,315 photos, 56 members
- The Beatles Project 722 photos, 493 members
- Beatles - Places We Remember 2,818 photos, 883 members
- UK Railway Tunnels 1,721 photos, 96 members
- Travel Posters 1,356 photos, 226 members
- One Man's Trash 34,429 photos, 941 members
- Ruins and Rust~(NO PEOPLE) 37,672 photos, 2,132 members
- It's Kafkaesque - See "About" for Award Code 4,014 photos, 716 members
"I'd assumed he was a photographer by trade.
Quite inspirational, making you look at stuff afresh.
Thoughtful work on Meanwood/Sheepscar etc Beck worthy of a Phd, collating maps and archive images allowing one to work out it's route."
June 21st, 2013
"By FAR, the most interesting and attention grabbing contributor I've ever stumbled across on Flickr.
Please keep it up Phill, you're an inspiration, and the work you do will eventually be RECOGNISED as a major historical body of work.
March 7th, 2011
Joanna Maria1 says:
"I agree with everything that has already been said.
As a teacher in Leeds, I first came across Phill's work looking for source material on Adel Beck. From that time, he has supported me on so many other aspects of old Leeds...photographs, information, videos. His work has brought learning alive to my pupils. For this I cannot thank him enough, without him so much of our history would be lost forever.
As a painter, though, it is the artistic/visual qualities of his photographs that really get me! The compositions are amazing...the colours, the shapes, the mood, the tones are breathtaking. To me his most recent visit to Sandsend exemplifies these qualities the best. There is true beauty in his photography. Keep up the brilliant work, Phill x"
August 2nd, 2010
Black Cat Photos says:
"Phil’s work is brilliant, for someone like me, born and bred in leeds, his stream is fascinating. His shots show the diversity of hidden leeds and the gems it has to offer. He has a wonderful eye for a photograph! Very cool stream! Luv m xxx"
July 21st, 2010
"Always look forward to more of Phills brilliant pictures. Not only is Phill a wonderfully gifted photgrapher, he is also a wise and highly valued friend. :-) x"
July 8th, 2010
"There's not much I can say that hasn’t already been said here. Phills' photos are just incredible and the amount of planning and research that goes into his expeditions is worthy of the best documentaries on the Discovery Channel. I have learnt so much about my beloved City of Leeds from Phill, his passion for bringing these forgotten places to life and to document them for the future is worthy of the key to the city in my opinion. Every city needs a Phill D. Thanks mate, you are a star."
November 4th, 2009
"I have never been so voluntarily glued to my computer screen!
Am hooked! (along with a number of my friends too!)
Where would we be without the internet?
The first photos I came across were of Mount St Mary's Church in Leeds. I used to go to this school - the photos are most haunting and very sad in that it's state of neglect of such a beautiful building will never be seen in it's former glory. I never knew photographs of anything but friends and loved ones could be so emotional- Phill seems to capture this and know exactly what to say to describe the moment with so much passion.
Then he hits me with The International/Olympic pool !-maybe it's because I'm a Leeds lass and spent many hours training and teaching there, why it is so emotional to see somewhere else special to me in it's last days.
You really deserve all the praise and support you have from your fellow photographers and 'fans'. I didn't realise how much work goes into one of your adventures.Well done to your team too.
I really do wish you the best of everything for the future and hope your lucky break is in the not too distant horizon.
Never thought I'd thank a guy for bringing a tear to my eye!
Keep it up!"
October 25th, 2009
"I know he'll blush when he reads this but I think phill_d is a legend ;-)"
August 1st, 2009
"Phill has one of the most interesting photostreams I have seen on Flickr. Not only is he a great photographer but I have never known anyone who is so passionate about their history as Phill is.
All of his photos have great stories and I have a lot of admiration for the way Phill researches and presents the pictures and the history in such an interesting way.
Phill's underground photography is excellent and he goes to some quite hostile locations which are very challenging places for photography,to bring us these wonderful pictures.
He has a wicked sense of humour too which comes across in his great write-ups!
Keep it up mate :)"
February 23rd, 2009
Tates In New Zealand says:
"I came across Phills myspace site about the Gildersome hell hole by accident and thought "wow". After seeing his pics on the asylums i was hooked. I love the variety and creativity of his pics and he is always open to the views of people who look at his pics. Well done Phill, keep it up!
February 8th, 2009
Graham - Mellstrom says:
"I have come to know Phill.d's photographs as a stunningly compiled set of inspirational images. Phill provides a very interesting narrative and background information to his photographs, which I have come to appreciate and expect as the "norn" . All this is very much appreciated and helps to bring his photographs more Alive!!
Thanks Phill...keep them comming :)"
December 5th, 2008
"Phill is good friend very friendly , Takes some wonderful photo of the thing that most people cant see, Phil is a interesting and Astonishing to see is photos taken in the most unsafe area, mucky areas of all, Phills photo are out of this world, Very brave of him to take is DLSR as well
hope someday to tag along, hope to see more of Phill wonderful inside of unsafe building, Great stuff,"
July 15th, 2008
Chris Robertshaw says:
" I wish to thank phill for his photos and in depth Infomation which has made me more aware of historical buildings and places and started myself on the road of photography."
May 13th, 2008
"This intrepid urban explorer is fast becoming a legend. I am constantly fascinated and amazed by his exploits, and his photographic records of the decay and decrepitude still extant in our cities is wondrous. Truly a master of his trade and we can do little more than commend him to all. Well Done Phill :)"
March 13th, 2008
Lady Wulfrun says:
"Urban exploration, and subterranean-urban exploration… Phill’s photo collection takes us on the most incredible journey, both under and over Leeds, showing us places we could never dream existed, and where only the most experience ‘Urbex’ explorers dare tread. Add to this, Phill’s extensive local knowledge and undying enthusiasm for old Leeds, and it all adds up to one of the most fascinating photostreams on Flickr. Thanks for sharing Phill, and I for one look forward to seeing more of your work.
October 9th, 2007
"in very short time the council from Leeds has to vote you as a freeman and they have to put a bust of you somewhere ... well i'm not joking i'm just wondering how beautiful are these pics here in order...really is so great the whole stuff...is more than a simple hobby is a serious work...congratulations:)"
May 23rd, 2007
- August 2006
- Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
- Leeds, England
- I am:
- Carpenter & Joiner
- The Facebook Secret Leeds 2 Group