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Mad dogs and Englishmen!

About me!

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! ♥

phill.d 2010.

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    jogon_jogon says:

    "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

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    cactusmelba says:

    "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

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    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

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    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

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    michelepearce says:

    "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

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    purplezulu says:

    "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

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    Gregory'sgirl says:

    "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

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    acoustic number says:

    "I know he'll blush when he reads this but I think phill_d is a legend ;-)"

    August 1st, 2009

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    innate camp says:

    "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

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    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

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    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

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    Richard Brown AKA Ricbro85 says:

    "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

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    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

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    JohnGreyTurner says:

    "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

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    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

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    resonant statement says:

    "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

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