About the Artist

David Rose ... Artist, Explorer, Enthusiast in bringing scenes long since dead to life. Nothing explains his work better than the poem on the front page, specifically the lines

"And with my lights and Camera Flash

I bring you back to life

A short but sweet resuscitation"

Ever since he was a child he has been interested in the darker side of life. Finding beauty in a post apocalyptic world, in the darkness and from places that are derelict, abandoned and unloved. He finds a certain character and sympathy in these places and brings that back to life. Before turning this interest into an art he would go as a kid to derelict and hidden places and explore. This was long before he began to take pictures of these places. 

Complete freedom and expression is what drove this passion. No Boundaries, seeing what he wanted to see in the way he wanted to see it. Passing barbed wire, Danger signs and accessing inaccessible areas just to explore what treasures they have hidden. Now that he has evolved his passion into an art he takes pictures based on what he sees, showing the world the things he sees and how his mind pictures the scene.

With a sense of adventure when he undertakes his expeditions, a huge amount of planning is usually involved. Obviously with the legal and safety ramifications of such a hobby he needs to be sure that he both wont get caught and will be safe in his endeavour. This just enhances the feeling of adventure and the feeling of being a pirate out to find his hidden treasure!

He often goes to a site with a pre-set compositions and ideas of what pictures he would like to take however every site holds surprises making for images he didn't pre plan. Scraesdon Fort, one of his favourite sites he approached knowing roughly what he wanted from the place. However when he got there, crawling under the gate, he was greeted with such a huge, impressive site. A labyrinth of tunnels, stairs and hidden corners.



Urban Decay photography, the name of David's Trademark as it were, was driven largely by urban legends. That house at the end of the street where the old man died, the haunted fort and all the other legends that go with the derelict and dilapidated. The quiet, eerie calm of these places hidden in what looks like a post apocalyptic world. The rust, decay and tumble-down nature of these sites are where his art stems from.

Heavily influenced by the work of Bradley L. Garrett, an American-born social and cultural geographer at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, an ethnographic account of activities of the London Consolidation Crew (LCC), a group of urban explorers Garrett calls "place hackers". In a 2013 interview with Will Storr for The Telegraph, Garrett described "place hacking" as "...seeing the city like it’s a puzzle and putting the pieces of that puzzle together, connecting things". Garrett went on to explain that "...the more we feel like there are things we can’t do and places we can’t see, the more urban exploration has capacity to give people hope". Though Garrett has published academic research papers on archaeology, history and visual methods, it is his multimedia work (photos, videos and text) connected to the "place hackers" project which has received the most attention, both in academia and from the wider public. In October 2013, Prestel Publishing released a photo book called "Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital" that Garrett compiled with the LCC. Although after talking to David, I have seen that their ideologies although similar vary in what they see from their art, they are however the same in the respect that they both want to expose these hidden areas, generally closed off to the public due to safety, political or commercial reasons.

One place that seriously interests David is Pripyat, an abandoned city in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 by the time it was evacuated, a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

(photo taken from Article at Topifoto.com)