Tag : Underground

Abandoned underground mushroom farm

Abandoned underground mushroom farms are pretty common in Europe. It was a booming business in the 20th century and many old underground quarries or tunnels got reconverted into underground mushroom farms. After all, rent was pretty cheap since those place had no other use. Plus the dark surroundings and humid climate are excellent growing conditions for mushrooms. For more then a decade I’ve been exploring abandoned underground quarries and therefore i’ve come across many old abandoned mushroom farms, but this […]

Ghost Bus Tunnel

Belgium has several large cities with abandoned metro tunnels that were never been used. This is one is 2.5 km long and is filled with numerous old buses and trams.  

Sparkle Poi

Yet another fire-experiment. We created some sparkle poi by attaching burning steelwool onto a chain and spinning it fastly. There are many pictures like this on the internet, but I’ve never seen variations on spinning pattern. You always see a round circle in the middle. One of my other hobbies is “Poi Spinning” and this inspired me to experiment with different patterns. I invited Wijnand Buijs to do the spinning because he’s much better at it then I am. The […]

Fire Breathing

A few weeks ago, we had a great evening in the quarries with some people from Firetroops Maastricht. This picture is a collaboration with Wijnand Buijs who is a great fire performer and my friends Jor Neutelings and Mitch Frusch who assisted me with the illumination. It was very tricky to get a good exposure for this shot since the amount of light was very variable. We used 3 external strobes at full power. F13, 1/40 sec, Iso 200. Thanks […]

The Nazi Tunnel

During the second world war, the German army was very interested in the underground quarries in France and the Netherlands. Many quarries were mapped and rebuild as underground factories to build airplanes or as in this case, to create V2 missiles. This long tunnel was build within an enormous quarry and was construction to function as a train tunnel for transporting the V2 missiles that would be build and stored there. However before the Germans could finish this underground factory, […]

Flooded underground quarry

Due a large amount of groundwater, this quarry has been flooded with very cold water. During a first visit we used some rubber boats to explore this part. At one of our next visits we brought some waders to take this picture. The camera was standing only a few cm above the water level, which was originally very clear. You could easily spot several Belemnite fossils on the ground. After we setup our camera’s, I started running around true the […]

Underground Mushroom Farm

During the 20th century many underground quarries were used as mushroom farms because the rent was very cheap and the climate was nearly perfect. But due new techniques nowadays there are only few underground mushroom farms left. This one is one of the very few remaining places in Belgium were mushrooms are cultivated underground. However it’s on a very small and non-commercial scale. The farmer, who is around his 70’s, has been cultivating mushrooms for decades. Although he’s retired he […]