Rainham Marshes Exploration

I can’t remember the last time I uploaded a photography based post on this blog, I guess I haven’t been out as much as I used to. However, since I got my new camera, a Nikon D3100, I’ve been itching to get back out and properly use it. Today I had the chance. Last Sunday myself and 2 friends were walking around Rainham Marshes looking for some birds to photograph (of which there were none) when we saw, in the middle of this recycling plant an abandoned building. Needless to say, me and Reiss Cleal went back the following Sunday (today) to explore.

Outside of the building, we managed to hop over the fence on the other side easily enough.

Inside the building one of the first rooms we entered produced this image. I really like the colouring, it reminds me of a film based on World War 2 where most of the rooms are brown.

Within most of the rooms there was a lot of paper documents, most of them seemed to be from the 90’s. Looking through these documents always interests me, as it’s a piece of recent history that few people have been able to view since the place closed. Here are a few that I snapped.

Not only did the original poster hopefully do its job, but within this photo (if produced as a poster) it could serve its purpose all over again.

This next one had to be placed in purely for the irony.

This picture is one of my favourites of the day.

They’ll make a yearbook about anything these days.

We ended our trip taking a look around some of the machinery used at the recycling plant. I’m not sure why they kept it so insecure on a day that very few people actually work there, but maybe they don’t expect two budding photographers to take a stroll round an industrial park. This photo was taken inside one of the large corrugated buildings. It was difficult to take many, as it was quite dark inside and we didn’t feel like making a run for it while carrying our tripods. Reiss managed to get scared twice by a black cat staring at him through some slots in the wall and to be quite honest, that was the most danger of being caught we came across all trip.

We managed to locate another potentially interesting building to explore, not too far away from this one, although it looks a little difficult to enter being on a main road. However, we shall try our best.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed getting out there to try and create it.

Thanks, and:

Tom out!

7 thoughts on “Rainham Marshes Exploration

    • haha, thanks, the last photo is actually my least favourite out of all of them to be honest, defo use tripods when we go back there!


    • The main building was kinda just offices. We ventured further into the industrial part to see the machinery. It was kinda a very very small severalls asylum (minus the ghosts). Thanks for commenting young pot!


    • Hey Jo!
      Thanks for the comment, it’s strange how most people seem to like that picture the most, i’ll have to take more pictures i dislike in the future 🙂

      I think my spelling and general writing has improved loads since last year haha, so that is why there was a lack of mistakes 😛


  1. Last pic ‘my pick’, a terrifying stillness grasps the watcher and the whole murky ambience suggests this might just be the infant Black Hole of 2011, thank you Tom and Reiss for this slightly scary ride throuh recent history.


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