On Saturday DCUE met for a private tour around Lorton Prison which had its last prisoners transferred in 2001. It's been left abandoned since then but in upcoming months work will begin on developing the area so we were fortunate to get a look before it's changed forever. We were sharing the tour with a photography club and I was delighted to see MJ and Martin from the Vienna Photographic Society there. A couple of members came up to me recognizing me from the urbexing presentation I did at their group so it was great for them to experience DCUE and urban exploring first hand.
We watched as the guards started walking round the buildings clanking keys as they opened doors allowing us entry into many of the buildings. It felt a little odd not having to look for our own point of entry. I waited until the large group had dispersed a little then started wandering around the brick structures.
We found a gyro place, filled our tummies and then the group broke up. Emily, Huggy and I were going down to Artomatic in the evening for Meet the Artist night but we had a little time to kill before then so we went with Lewis to find a nearby geocache. I have the application on my phone but this was the first time I'd used it and only the second cache I've ever looked for. This was a nano cache, something tiny, but we followed the compass on our phones and ended up by a pond and a deck where we all immediately became engrossed in locating the treasure. Lewis spotted it first and it took a good 5 minutes before I found it too. It was tiny!
Later that evening we got to Artomatic and each spent time by our walls answering questions and talking about our projects. To be honest, the place wasn't as busy as I'd hoped and I've wondered if 1300 artists on 10 floors is really too many. Last Saturday while working on the 11th floor, I had people come up saying that they were just too overwhelmed.
Another self portrait
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