Photographer Mark Davies, who sometimes goes
by the name of ‘SilverStealth’, has made it something of a personal
mission to record the last vestiges of once proud buildings
and locations of interest in the north-west region which are
not readily available to the general public.
The process of compilation is undertaken
carefully and quietly as the attraction of decaying historic
structures often find him crawling through cold, dark, lonely
places risking life and limb to enter.
To this end he admits to having acquired
the skills of avoiding trespass or illegal entry and of showing
respect to a site and it’s contents, taking or leaving nothing
behind but his footsteps.
Mark is constantly adding new locations to
his portfolio – places that once played a part in the evolution
of our society, whether grandiose or sentimental, and is permanently
on the lookout for any sites requiring a little SilverStealth
before they disappear.
Of himself and his work, Mark says:
“Exploring the unseen, capturing
the forbidden and rescuing the ravaged beauty of the past
from the jaws of dereliction is my passion. History is a game
that decay always wins, but before the bulldozers raze or
the developers rape, I hope that my endeavours will preserve
some small victory and convey to you an atmosphere before
it is lost forever”.
Amongst his works are photos of the dilapidated
and crumbling former Blackburn Royal Infirmary, Harpurhey Swimming
Baths, Whittingham Asylum, Preston and High Royds Pauper Lunatic
Asylum in West Yorkshire – all abandoned and slowing dying of
His website has a large portfolio of his
photographs, many, if not most, destined in time to become historic
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artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
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