Sacrificial Doll

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So it was that we returned to the aborted tunnel from last week and I have to say it may be the last for a while.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 10 sec (10) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

Whilst I enjoy the challenge and exercise finding, accessing and walking these tunnels provides they do not make great photographic subjects (for me anyway). Interesting sure, but the photos that follow are really for documentation rather than anything to spectacular. The entrance to this particular tunnel is on quite a steep slope in the Brisbane CBD area. We skirted around some exposed roots and up into the outflow.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 8 sec (8) Aperture: f/5 ISO: 100
Focal Length: 13 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

The tunnel is again brickwork, from the turn of the century like Leopard St. Cameras were on full auto with flashes mounted. I have to say that the AF assist on my flash really does do very well – even several meters away, in complete darkness. The second one below was a longer shot experiment using Sven’s flash to light.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/5 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 12 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay
Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 2 sec (2) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 20 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

Snap, snap we went until we reached the first (and as it turns out only) interesting point in the tunnel, where it turns and is joined by another. Like the Leopard St tunnel the brickwork on the curves really is incredible and makes you think of the effort made in creating it – unlike today where a pre-fab piece of concrete is un-ceremonially dumped into a ditch. We each took opposite sides of the turn and for the only time during our tunnel stroll, mounted cameras on tripods. I struggled as I often do in total darkness using only flash light. The shot below is with a flash diffuser and again at the top without, then another lit from both sides.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 15 sec (15) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 200
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay
Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 10 sec (10) Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

We continued and ran across a couple of tetanus-y looking sets of step irons which likely had not been used since the very early days of the tunnel.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/4 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay
Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/5 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 14 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

We came to a junction were a modern tunnel met the brick one. We continued down the brick tunnel for 100m or so though some very disgusting looking mud. If not for the lack of smell I would swear it was sewage, it looked that bad. Sven suggested that it might be partly due to tar seepage? As it turns out the tunnel dead ended where it looked as though it had been bricked up. Back to the modern tunnel we went and it opened up into a sort of small sluice with a dam/weir structure. It turns out this structure actually holds back a lake and provides overflow runoff. However something very freaky was hanging from the ceiling of the room – a doll in a noose which look like it had been burnt in some sort of ritual. It was quite the spooky sight.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/5 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 15 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

Anyway it turned out we could exit into this (shallow) lake by way of a VERY low crawl through the overflow opening. So low in fact I could not have my bag on my back and instead had to try and hold it. We both got wet arses but emerged unscathed.

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/4 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 10 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

At the risk of sounding like a broken record I would really like to leave the tunnels for a while and get back to some more interesting photographic locations. I think the suggestion to do some nature/landscape stuff is a good one…but where 🙂

Bonus shot: (on flickr but I missed it)

Camera: Canon EOS 20D Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture: f/5 ISO: 400
Focal Length: 16 mm Keywords: australia, brisbane, night, tunnels, urban decay

Comments

10 Responses to “Sacrificial Doll”

  1. Sven on January 24th, 2008 11:53 am

    Hey, how about Springbrook?

  2. Sven on January 24th, 2008 11:55 am

    Or Girraween – leave at 7:30, get there by 11pm, take a shot or two, leave at 3am, home by 7am, get ready for work.

  3. jon on January 24th, 2008 11:57 am

    Funny you should mention that… 🙂

    Also, sorry in advance if the doll freaks you out baby.

  4. jon on January 24th, 2008 12:23 pm

    If that’s what it takes to break the tunnelling trend….so be it 🙂

  5. Sven on January 24th, 2008 12:53 pm

    Seeing the doll in a photo won’t be nearly as freaky as hearing it recite the sacrifice dialogue from Temple of Doom. Kali-Maa, Kali-Maaaa!

  6. Sven on January 24th, 2008 12:53 pm

    Yeah, let’s go to Girraween, specifically, Underground Creek 🙂

  7. Jo on January 24th, 2008 7:24 pm

    Did you boys see “today tonight” tonight? There are people who live in those tunnells….be careful

  8. jon on January 24th, 2008 7:46 pm

    Arrr subjects! 🙂

    I must admit if I ran across ANYONE in these tunnels I would probably shit – it is so dark and un-welcoming. Luckily we both have heavy tripods to bash violent tunnel folk with.

  9. Sven on February 1st, 2008 12:45 pm

    What processing did you do to that third one down (i.e., me looking upward with the camera)?

  10. jon on February 1st, 2008 12:51 pm

    That’s Lightroom’s “Old Photo” preset with a fair amount of adjustments to bring back some colour.

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