Urbex Photo Essay: IM Power Plant
The silent watcher
IM Power Plant is one of the foremost abandoned power plants on the continent. This coal fired monstrosity had been top of my to do list for some time. A recent visit to Belgium, provided the perfect opportunity for myself and a small team, to visit and explore the wonders of industrial symmetry contained within.
We arrived at the site at 9pm and after initially being harassed by Belgian police found ourselves a quiet spot for some urban camping. Our sleep was rudely interrupted by what turned out to be regular security patrols – Little did they know how close they came to finding us. Once it had gotten to 5am in the morning we dressed and ready ourselves for what was to be quite an experience. IM was our oyster and I for one wanted to peel back its shell and dive right in.
After walking around for what seemed like an eternity I started to take pictures. I already had a visual style in mind for IM, it was just a matter of implementing it. I generally prefer my industrial images to have a cinematic feel. I want them to appear as if stills from a big budget sci-fi movie. This is achieved with 6 bracket HDR’s or with highly processed singular raws. I grade my images with consistent tones, taken straight from preferred films to obtain my overall look.
Once finished with the main complex we crossed a small footbridge and entered the crown jewel of IM.
This cooling tower is one of the most unique I have had the pleasure of being inside. Not only do you get the sublime aural overload that comes of being in one of these acoustically appealing structures but the mix of concrete and wooden construction makes for some stunning composition opportunities.
Standing at the edge of the abyss
That was my take on this industrial gem, thank you for reading and until next time…