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 neglect.
His website has a large portfolio of his photographs, many, if not most, destined in time to become historic documents.
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