We are two brothers. Like you, we hold down full-time jobs and lead a relatively normal lives. The only difference is that every once in a while we don old scruffy clothes, grab our cameras and head off into the wilderness to venture into forgotten and decrepit buildings. Occasionally we remember other useful items such as water, torches, the odd snack and even a camera battery. TheTimeChamber is a website that centres around the photographs that are generated by these activities, and the interest that we share in the social history that surrounds us. We have aimed to accompany our photographs with a historical account for each location that we have visited in the UK and abroad (it used to limited to just the UK, but then we started earning a bit of money and branched out a bit, sometimes unexpectedly). This website aims to bring to life the forgotten memories of the institutes and establishments that the modern world has turned its back on and left to decay. Some people call it exploring, some call it wrong. We call it fun.
It all started over a decade ago when unknown to each other we had spent the same week reading about derelict buildings online on various websites throughout the web. That was back in 2007 when we discovered that there was 100 acres of industry laying derelict on our doorstep. Since then we have not looked back, except when we hear the scuffle of footsteps behind us or the loud banging of a door in the wind. It has been an adventure filled with tense moments, incredibly stupid moments, and moments when we forget we are in the middle of a guarded derelict site, laughing like hyenas because one of us has taken an unexpected nose dive out of a window.
We can’t explain why we do it, we just do. It probably has something to do with being cooped up in an office block five days a week. It is a bug that we cannot always ignore. We blame That Smell.