Losheng Leprosy Sanatorium was built in 1929 by the Japanese during their colonization of Taiwan. The hospital has a long, dark and controversial history and it is now at the center of a debate that has been in a state of stalemate for the past decade. Until the future of this hospital is clear, it is sitting in decay, slowly falling to pieces… (read more)
London Elektricity landed in Tokyo last weekend for another top notch performance at DBS. Supporting London Elektricity on the ones and twos was Makoto (Human Elements), Tetsuji Tanaka and DJ Miyu. MC Cardz was on the mic for the entire night, holding it down and keeping the crowd hype… (read more)
Photos from two abandoned hotels I went to in Taiwan recently. One in Taipei city, the other north of the city near the coast… (read more)
This abandoned theatre sits in the suburbs of Taipei alongside an abandoned mine, it was built for the miners and their families when the mine was active between the years of 1933 and 1987. My original intention was to explore the mine itself, but bad weather and limited time meant I had to postpone, so I made do with the theatre instead. Here’s what I found inside… (read more)
I am currently holidaying and shooting in Taiwan, it’s my first time in the country and I had heard good things about the wealth of ruins to be found here. It took just two days to meet up with local haikyo enthusiasts and start exploring, first up we checked out two abandoned hot spring resorts in the suburbs of Taipei, click the images above to read more… (read more)
KONBINI Magazine monthly haikyo feature: This months featured story is about the abandoned Matsuo mine in Tohoku and the apartments the miners lived in. Check it out here!
I was just digging through negatives from my trip to Italy in the summer of 2013, and I found these photos of an abandoned tractor I stumbled upon, on the roadside in Tuscany while making my way to photograph this abandoned airplane factory. Aside from a few spots of rust and an intricate layer of cobwebs over the drivers seat, the tractor was in reasonably good condition, so I’m not even 100% sure it was abandoned, although it was sat on a very abandoned looking property in the middle of nowhere. The combination of rusting reds and the mountainous backdrop have got me feeling nostalgic for summers in rural Italy (read more)
The second part of a series I shot with Japanese singer/songwriter Mana Hardcore last year in the town of Ome, near Tokyo. Click link for more images… (read more)
KONBINI Magazine monthly haikyo feature: This months featured story is about the abandoned mansion of Japanese politician and social activist Mr H. Click the link to see what I discovered in his former house, abandoned for almost half a century. Check it out here!
Both Swindle and Roska were in town for the first DBS event of the year, Spring Funky Bass, at Daikanyama Unit in Tokyo. With support from Part2Style, DJ RS and Hyper Juice the place was bumping to the not-so-early hours the next day. Check the photos here… (read more)
I met up with Patriq last week to shoot some photos for the art work of his new album ‘Time Off’. I decided to use my Polaroid 635 loaded with Impossible film for this shoot. Here are some of the scanned images we shot in raw form, design work etc is yet to be finalized… (read more)
John Sypal of Tokyo Camera Style just released a book with Thames & Hudson. The book features selected images from his popular website Tokyo Camera Style, of cameras spotted in and around Tokyo. I picked up a copy the other day in town and was pleasantly surprised to see my Nikon FE2 in there with my Speed Light SB15 mounted on top. If you haven’t already checked his website out, take a look here, it also features information on local (to Tokyo) exhibitions, talks and photography related shops!
London/Paris based magazine KONBINI are running a monthly feature based on my haikyo photo projects. The first one was last month, the story of Waterdown Elementary School. This month they decided to run with my first ever haikyo exploration, the abandoned mining town of Nichitsu. Check it out here!
I recently started a Tumblr page, as @benjaminbeech, which you can see here. I will use this page for personal work shot just on film. Once I have been through my back catalogue of negatives and posted the ones I like best I will start adding new work too. Please check it out, and feel free to follow! Thanks.
Western Village or Western Mura (ウェスタン村) in Japanese was an American West themed amusement park built in the mountainous prefecture of Tochigi, a couple of hours drive north of Tokyo in the early 1970s. Due to a lack of customers it closed its doors to the public in 2006 and has been sat decaying ever since, I went to check it out recently… (read more)