#129 – Easy as One-Two-Three.

 

Today was another trio training session, mimicking much of the previous sessions [1] [2] [3] we have had in such a group. Like many a Sunday when we trained, it was going to either be a relaxed day of movement or it would turn into an exploring expedition and a session of mass body destruction. I guess we would find out later which one it would turn into. We met at the Concert Hall, like we always did and then we made our way to do a few jumps at the Moat House (Crowne Plaza) and then across the road to the newly built building later named the Atrium. I say new, but it’s been built for a while now, just not occupied yet. I don’t know why we tried, or why were compelled too but we were trying to fit in the window square frame thing as seen in some of the images below. I was close, but David was the closest fitting in the square, if not completely. Though it was better than what Phil could muster, who couldn’t even fit in it at all!

Long have the days passed where this area had walls and movements to do, I’m kinda sad because I miss the massive downwards precision [4] there used to be, before a building got erected there. We moved across the road to a giant industrial blue skip, we noticed a small graffiti of a squirrel on the wall and took a few images there which provided with some great portraits. Phil suggested we train there using the skip to precision down from. It looked fine to do from the ground, not to mention a massive distance. When stood atop, it was a different story, it looked further and scarier. The walls were thin as well, what happens if I overshot the landing or my footing slipped?!  I captured (many) shots of us doing the jump. Speaking of slipping, David did just that on one jump. Landing too far on the wall, overpowering the jump and his feet slipped off the wall and he felt into the small area below and had disappeared much to our amusement.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

There really wasn’t much else to do there, that we could see or think of at the time. We looked towards the building next to us, which had been gutted and seemed like it was being renovated into something else, likely flats or shops. We contemplated venturing inside there again, like we had a previous time [5] but all the lights were on and it was all fenced off now. Surely the builders wouldn’t be there at a weekend, hopefully there would be no security on watch either. It had those warning signs about stealth dogs to ward people off entering. The building really had been empty and taken them a long time to revamp, as we ventured there back in 2005. We looked for a way in, then had to quickly pop vault over a fence out of sight the other side when it was quiet and no people about. A short adrenaline rush accompanied the movement and once in, we moved slowly to an open area (seen below) which had a giant drop, cemented wall and railings. It was a rather tasty standing precision or catleap, but I doubted any of us would do it due to the height.

There were a few other jumps there, but were all well out of our jumping reach. Who knows how much longer it would be accessible to train at be it became full build or even occupied by residents and businesses. We took a look further in the building, I remember on one of the visits when we had to switch on the lights manually due to it being an empty demolished building. Where as now they were lights constantly on, dotted throughout the area to keep it fully lit and various wires exposed. It still felt eerie to walk around the complex, fearing there could be a guard sat somewhere, watching a small TV monitor while we wandering around unaware. Would we get in trouble if caught, what would actually happen?! We walked up the steps to various floors, which were all empty and offered nothing to train on, and the same went for the roofs which were now flatland. It’s a shame.

 

Height Catleap.

 

I mean, I doubt we would be able to train on the rooftops again, but it would have been cool to have something there to train on now, before it was sealed for good. We ended up going back down as there wasn’t really anything for training. We walked down and into a basement, which had nothing there either, being a basement no big surprise. Though, it felt very gritty and urban and was great for photos and this is when the portraits started to flood. I don’t know why, but we ended up going crazy with all the photos, trying to be creative with the shots and each of us doing a different pose and style. As you will see below there were some great singular shots being taken and then the group ones of all three of us, which looked and felt like a hip-hop album cover. That or some sort of ad campaign for domestic violence…

We all wanted to do individual poses, something to do with Parkour but there was no railing to vault and tic tac’s on the walls didn’t look too good. That and due to the artificial lighting, my camera found it hard to focus on fast movement and would motion blur. So perhaps something like handstands would be a good choice to shoot, but with none of us being able to hold still for more than a second, again they came out blurred too. It was a bit annoying as one would look really nice as a photo, I did try a few shots with the flash on, again though they came out too exposed and it didn’t work as planned. We went back outside, into the real, bright world after being in a dark basement it hurt our eyes. We then took a walk around various streets looking for new places to train coming to a small block of flats with a few jumps and I took a photo of them and a nearby crane. Not long afterwards we called it a day.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Zade – Precision.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Precision.

 

David – Precision.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

Abandoned building.

 

Flip – Portrait

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Catleap.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade, David & Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip , Zade & David – Portrait.

 

Zade, David & Flip – Portrait.

 

David, Flip & Zade – Portrait.

 

Zade, David & Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade, David & Flip – Portrait.

 

Flip, Zade & David – Portrait.

 

Zade, David & Flip – Portrait.

 

Building.

 

Crane.

 

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