14 Mar 2016

Brett Patman and the visual power of abandoned buildings

From Nine To Noon, 10:12 am on 14 March 2016

Documenting decaying buildings is a growing worldwide online movement.

Photographers venture passed the 'no trespass' signs to enter the sites of industrial buildings that have ceased to operate.  Empty power stations that are monuments to hard manual labour, time capsules of urban decay, abandoned buildings, forgotten factories, where although the workers have long since exited the building, the structures themselves have a new life and leave a legacy.

Australian Brett Patman launched his Lost Collective website last year. It features stunning pictures of predominantly Sydney buildings, no longer in use. These are buildings that were once bustling, but are now left to rust away.

He tells Kathryn Ryan it was his day job as a fitter and turner that first took him into these spaces:

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