Exploring New Territories

What is better than autumn leaves? Autumn leaves in mid-October. And what’s more leaves of a maple. I was used to walking through huge piles of them in my childhood home town, but up north where I spent the past 10 years, were very few maples. This is my colleague taking a shortcut in aContinue reading “Exploring New Territories”

The Sawyer’s Villa Part III

One of the nice, round windows we saw from the outside was in the staircase of the building. When I photograph, I try to catch spaces and shapes. Some of my friends are more interested in details. Well, let’s mimic them this time. This magazine from 1972 is about health and beauty. This issue featuresContinue reading “The Sawyer’s Villa Part III”

The Sawyer’s Villa Part II

Like I promised, we’ll start with the ground floor of this large, red, early 20th century villa we found with my friends. There had been several layers of wallpaper, the latest of which was bright yellow. Most likely it has been ripped off by less friendly fellow explorers, although there is the possibility that someoneContinue reading “The Sawyer’s Villa Part II”

The Sawyer’s Villa Part I

Time seemed to fly that summer. And big changes were happening in my life. Like I said in an earlier post, I decided to leave Northern Finland and relocate South. I had applied for jobs all summer, but nothing seemed to happen. Not until July, when my former colleague sent me a message telling meContinue reading “The Sawyer’s Villa Part I”

Not as Closed as it Seemed at First

After three buildings we started looking for the fourth. I had a guess where it was, but things were getting harder. First of all we turned on the road, which wasn’t as remote as the previous one had been. There were inhabited houses and people walking their dogs. We would have to be much moreContinue reading “Not as Closed as it Seemed at First”

Ruins of a Life

After exploring the horse farm, we moved on towards our next location just a few hundred metres down the same road. After looking through the photos of another urban explorer and comparing them to the satellite photos from the area, I determined I was looking for a very old house, which had probably partly collapsedContinue reading “Ruins of a Life”

Hold Your Horses Part IV

So this was the entrance to the building. The door was locked and the handles had vanished, so we couldn’t exit this way. The door led to a small hall, where you could either choose to go straight to the kitchen through what had probably been the original entrance to the house, or remain inContinue reading “Hold Your Horses Part IV”

Hold Your Horses Part III

May I present, the main building. I believe it has been built no later than in the 1940’s and expanded in the 60’s or 70’s. Back then it was common to build wings like the one on the right to old houses. They would include a toilet, shower, sauna and perhaps a room for aContinue reading “Hold Your Horses Part III”

Hold Your Horses Part II

So here’s a better look at what we were actually exploring this time. Please ignore the strange effects on the sky that my photo editing software has decided to make. In the first part we explored a stable which is located behind the building we are in now. This building is the cottage I describedContinue reading “Hold Your Horses Part II”

Hold Your Horses Part I

We didn’t have to walk for long on the narrow countryside dirt roads before finding the second location we had been looking for. This one was rather large. There was a main building and three auxiliary buildings on the same lot, and all of them had open doors. We began with one of the auxiliaryContinue reading “Hold Your Horses Part I”