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The Broom man serie - Le Balayeur
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It's been now nearly 6 years that in each new exploration, i take this pose, when i find a broom or stumble upon one.

The first picture i took was really random, i found that broom on the stage and just took a shot with it.
Later that month in another exploration i saw another one and decided to take the pose again… and i kept finding some after that.

At first i had some “rules” like to take the shot exactly where i was finding them, but quickly i realised that the shots were junk, so i started moving to better place in the locations to get the “perfect” and most representative picture of the location.
There was also the rule of “not searching” for them, but then again it changed since it was really becoming my signature and i could not leave some of those incredible locations without my shot.
So yeah, sometime i end up searching for a long time haha.
One rule that i never broke is to bring one. (lots of people believe i bring them to the locations!)

I have found them in nearly half of my explorations, since i do a lot of draining it's normal i don't find some there haha.
I have been brooming all over canada and united states, you will recognize places from your country/state.

I hope to continue this serie and my exploration all over the world!

So i share with you the broom man serie!


In chronological order:


No.1 - 11 Août 2010 - Cinéma V      (Abandoned since 1992 - First picture of the serie took on my birthday, weird coincidence!)


No.2 - 28 Août 2010 - Silo No.3      (Closed in 1993 - Renovated in 2014)


No.3 - 12 Septembre 2010 - Belding Corticelli      (Closed in 2004 - In Conversion)


No.4 - 17 Août 2013 - Canada Malting.Co      (Abandoned since 1985)


No.5 - 1 Septembre 2013 - Tioxide      (Closed in 2000 - Demolished in 2017)


No.6 - 14 Septembre 2013 - Silo No.5      (Abandoned since 1991)


No.7 - 13 Octobre 2013 - Gray Rocks Inn      (Closed in 2009 - Burned in 2014)


No.8 - 26 Octobre 2013 - Blachford      (Partially Demolished - Undergoing Renovation)


No.9 - 24 Novembre 2013 - Celanese      (Active)


No.10 - 23 Décembre 2013 - Brasserie Dow      (Closed in 1998 - Partially demolished - Being Renovated)


No.11 - 25 Décembre 2013 - Minoterie ADM (Farine five roses)      (Active)


No.12 - 28 Décembre 2013 - Incinérateur no.2 (dickson)      (Abandoned since 1978)


No.13 - 30 Décembre 2013 - Silo no.5      (Abandoned since 1991)


No.14 - 30 Décembre 2013 - Crane Building      (Converted)


No.15 - 6 Janvier 2014 - Bunge Oils      (Closed in 2009 - Partially Demolished)


No.16 - 7 Janvier 2014 - Planétarium de montréal/ Dow.      (Closed in 2011 - In conversion)


No.17 - 9 Janvier 2014 - Tunnels CCUM      (Partially active)


No.18 - 14 Janvier 2014 - Hôtel de la Montagne      (Closed in 2012 - Demolished in 2014)


No.19 - 18 Janvier 2014 - Aérogare Mirabel      (Closed in 2004 - Demolished in 2016)


No.20 - 25 Janvier 2014 - Église Notre-Dame de la paix      (Closed in 2005 - Demolished in 2014)


No.21 - 1 Février 2014 - Hippodrome de Montréal      (Abandonned in 2009 - Demolished in 2018)


No.22 - 3 Février 2014 - PVM/ Resto Lounge Altitude 737      (Renovated in 2014)


No.23 - 9 Février 2014 - Cinéma Champlain/ Église vie et Réveil      (Abandoned since 2005)


No.24 - 16 Février 2014 - Negro Community Centre      (Abandoned in 1993 - Demolished in 2014)


No.25 - 21 Février 2014 - Maison Redpath      (Abandoned in 1987 - Demolished in 2014)


No.26 - 23 Février 201 4 - Incinérateur No.3      (Abandoned since 1993)


No.27 - 21 Mars 2014 - 1234 Towers      (Renovated)


No.28 - 24 Mars 2014 - Aleris      (Closed in 2009 - Abandoned & partially demolished)


No.29 - 5 Mai 2014 - Lee Plaza Hôtel      (Closed in 1997 - Will be renovated in 2021)


No.30 - 5 Mai 2014 - Woodward Presbyterian Church      (Abandoned since 2010)


No.31 - 5 Mai 2014 - Fisher Body Plant 21      (Abandonned since 1984)


No.32 - 6 Mai 2014 - Park Avenue Building      (Closed in the 90'S - In Conversion)


No.33 - 6 Mai 2014 - The Metropolitan      (Closed in 1977 - Renovated in 2017)


No.34 - 6 Mai 2014 - Whittier Hotel      (Abandoned since 2001)


No.35 - 7 Mai 2014 - National Theater      (Abandoned since 1975 - Will be partially demolished.)


No.36 - 7 Mai 2014 - First Unitarian Church      (Closed in 2005 - Burned in 2014 (3 days after i took this picture))


No.37 - 7 Mai 2014 - Detroit gray iron and steel foundries      (Abandoned in 1987 - Demolished in 2015.)


No.38 - 22 Juin 2014 - Old Dutch / Humpty Dumpty      (Active)


No.39 - 18 Août 2014 - Standard Chemicals .co / Brenntag      (Closed in 2014 - Demolished in 2014)


No.40 - 26 Septembre 2014 - Silo Linseed      (Abandoned since 1998)


No.41 - 29 Novembre 2014 - Théatre Snowdon      (Closed in 2013 - Demolished in 2019 (only the front facade is left))


No.42 - 21 Décembre 2014 - W.H Residence      (Abandoned since 1981)


No.43 - 17 Janvier 2015 - Cargo Kathryn Spirit      (Abandoned in 2011 - Dismantled in 2018)


No.44 - 6 Mars 2015 - Spring Steel      (Abandoned since 1994)


No.45 - 7 Mars 2015 - Hudson River State Hospital      (Abandoned since 2003 - Caught fire multiple times since)


No.46 - 8 Mars 2015 - Grossinger Catskills Resort      (Closed in 1986 - Demolished in 2018)


No.47 - 3 Avril 2015 - Millbrook Correctional Centre      (Closed in 2003 - Demolished in 2015)


No.48 - 4 Avril 2015 - Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls      (Active)


No.49 - 5 Avril 2015 - Richard L. Hearn Generating Station      (Closed in 1983 - Partially active as movie sets)


No.50 - 18 Avril 2015 - Hyde Manor      (Abandoned in 1973)


No.51 - 28 Mai 2015 - Mine Stanley      (Abandoned)


No.52 - 2 Juin 2015 - Gilman Village/Mine      (Abandoned since 1984)


No.53 - 7 Juin 2015 - Silos Missiles Titan I - 725-C      (Abandoned since 1965)


No.54 - 9 Juin 2015 - Silos Missiles Titan I - 724-C      (Abandoned since 1965)


No.55 - 12 Juin 2015 - CSHTS      (Abandoned buildings going from 1992 to 2008)


No.56 - 13 Juin 2015 - Silverdome      (Closed in 2006 & 2013 - Demolished in 2017)


No.57 - 14 Juin 2015 - Book Tower      (Closed in 1989 - Under Renovation)


No.58 - 13 Juin 2015 - Cadillac Tower      (Active)




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I love it! Some of these places look quite incredible (16, 19, 21, 22, 41, 43, 48, 49, 53) and I love the shot of multiple you sweeping in "Église Notre-Dame de la paix." Also glad to see the Book Tower is still accessible! Keep up the wonderful work!




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These pictures are enchanting Broom Man keeping the abandoned sites of the world clean one day at a time.




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well done sir!




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I've touched some of these brooms. Nice idea.




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22 & 57, stunning.

What an awesome idea.




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I love it! Some of these places look quite incredible (16, 19, 21, 22, 41, 43, 48, 49, 53) and I love the shot of multiple you sweeping in "Église Notre-Dame de la paix." Also glad to see the Book Tower is still accessible! Keep up the wonderful work!


Thanks!

Yeah, in fact, by the way im going in, it have always be 'open' ! (exterior staircase/climb)

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These pictures are enchanting Broom Man keeping the abandoned sites of the world clean one day at a time.


Thank you! haha!

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well done sir!




Posted by relik
I've touched some of these brooms. Nice idea.


The world is small hun!
Thanks!


Posted by mookster
22 & 57, stunning.

What an awesome idea.


Thank you man, it was nothing at first but after couple or years it took its place in my explos!




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Great stuff!! Love the one at Grossingers pool, one of my favorite urbex experiences was entering that room for the first time. Is that a floor buffer you are using there?




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I love it. Always neat to see a tradition like this and I don't think it will ever get old. keep up the great work

Moving the thread to UE photography however as it's mostly pictures and I think that it's better suited to that section.




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Great stuff!! Love the one at Grossingers pool, one of my favorite urbex experiences was entering that room for the first time. Is that a floor buffer you are using there?


Yeah i think it was a pool scrubber of some sort, i cheated on that one

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I love it. Always neat to see a tradition like this and I don't think it will ever get old. keep up the great work

Moving the thread to UE photography however as it's mostly pictures and I think that it's better suited to that section.


Thanks man



Here are new shots in the series, the 6th year and keep on going!

And yes, there was a broom in a drain, i do a lot of draining and i never thought that day would have come loll.
Edit: I just read in my first post that i wrote i would never find one in a drain haha.


No.59 - 23 Juillet 2015 - Manoir Ogilvie      (Abandoned since the 60's)


No.60 - 23 Juillet 2015 - Hôtel Le Montagnard      (Closed in the 2000's - Under Renovation)


No.61 - 23 Juillet 2015 - Église Ste-Jeanne-d'arc      (Closed in 2011 - Demolished in 2016)


No.62 - 26 Juillet 2015 - Hôtel La Tour Centreville      (Closed in 2011 - Under Renovation)


No.63 - 26 Septembre 2015 - Eleven Grand Resort      (Closed in 2009 - Possible re-opening in 2020)


No.64 - 27 Septembre 2015 - Fownes Glove Factory      (Abandoned Since 2010)


No.65 - 2 Octobre 2015 - Collecteur St-Pierre      (Active)


No.66 - 18 Octobre 2015 - Auberge La Calèche      (Closed in 2012 - Burned in 2019)


No.67 - 26 Janvier 2016 - Stanley Tools      (Closed in 1984 - Demolished in 2016)


No.68 - 26 Janvier 2016 - Prison Waterloo/ Altavista      (Closed in 1995 - Will be demolished)


No.69 - 26 Janvier 2016 - Mine Price      (Abandoned since 1986)




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This beats the ass shot series I've been working on. Some of those places are marvelous. And I've been to a good amount of those locations myself. It's refreshing to see a humorous and new take on the places. Congratulations and keep it up. Keep it updated as you go!




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Amazing!




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LOL!... I can't get over how much you and the graffiti have in common in #3!




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COOL !!

These shots "swept" me away !!!
Very unique approach with awesome results !!





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Really like the fact that you appear to be working hard cleaning almost as if you were the man on the nightshift janitorial service... Especially in 31..the dust is flying! These are original and well done!



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Gah. These never get old.




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Hey, thanks a bunch guys!!

Comments are appreciated

I hope this year will be a big year of explorations like 2014 and 2015 was! (almost 80 locations all around North America)

There is maybe the quarter of the locations i have done that was having no brooms, but i will never cheat with bringing one lol, that would break the 'authenticity' of the shots.

But even if there is some place that there is none, it's crazy sometimes that i find a broom in a complete unusual place.

90% of the time, the shots are taken where is find them and/or realy close.
People don't know that but for me it keep even more the autenticity.
There is always a little story behind each shot.

In picture no.12, my friends said, if today you find a broom, you have to take the shot shirtless and exactly where you find it.
It was -25, the broom was fucking out of nowhere on the crane!

No.17, it's a steam tunnel, the ods where low, but there was one!

No.20, ask me why but there was like 40 brooms in that church, i had to do something with that and that how the idea come up.

No.22, i was in a infiltration in a 47 story highrise, security saw me on the cams on my way up but lost me, they was searching for me for 1h30 they said, when they caught me on my way down.

No. 36, the place was abandonned for decades, it burned the day after i visit it!

No.57, the broom was on the ledge of the roof just behind me!, it's a 42 story hihgrise.

No.65, The broom in the drain, i was impress!

No.69, Largest broom ive seen in my life, it was like 4 foot wide at least.


Posted by IndoAnomaly
This beats the ass shot series I've been working on. Some of those places are marvelous. And I've been to a good amount of those locations myself. It's refreshing to see a humorous and new take on the places. Congratulations and keep it up. Keep it updated as you go!


Thanks! Haha, if you have a link on youre ass shots i want to see that lol
What are the places you say you visit too?
I will, thanks again!

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LOL!... I can't get over how much you and the graffiti have in common in #3!



Haha i know! you are not the first one who point me that lol, personally i did not see it before last year, the shot was taken in 2010! lol


Posted by leafloving4x4gal
COOL !!

These shots "swept" me away !!!
Very unique approach with awesome results !!




Very apreciated, thanks

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Gah. These never get old.


I hope it does not


Posted by MisUnderstood!
Really like the fact that you appear to be working hard cleaning almost as if you were the man on the nightshift janitorial service... Especially in 31..the dust is flying! These are original and well done!


haha yes, on that one i wanted to give it a little 'reality effect'
Thanks!

But for real, in real life i am doing it lol. I organize urban exploration meets each year in montreal since 2012, in an old malting plant.
Look at this vidéo and albums ,it will give you more of an idea on the work behind it!




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Thats just TOO COOL! I watched the video and WOW! what a job! You ARE working hard!! And, i really enjoyed when you pulled up that sofa with a robe. Looks like a great group of friends there




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