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Old December 22nd, 2009, 03:59 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=bstl;48897825]RIP Downfallen

Never met the guy but I can safely say his brilliant photos made up the majority of my last half a dozen desktop wallpapers.
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Same here. RIP Downfallen, what a contributor, what a life, and dare I say it, what a death.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 03:59 PM   #22
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RIP to Downfallen - contributor of some of the finest content this forum has ever seen.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 03:59 PM   #23
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Terrible news. RIP Downfallen
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:01 PM   #24
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anyway i wrote something on skyscrapernews...

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Yesterday I lost a friend. A lot of people did. His name was Darren but you probably knew him as Downfallen.

He was the urban explorer extraordinaire and modern day superhero complete with a secret identity, who would surreptitiously gain access to building sites, scale the top of towers, and take some of the most stunning photography of London you've ever seen.

For me, his standout picture would be, although I'm sure many will disagree with me, the shot of the O2 shrouded in London fog taken from the top of Pan Peninsula in Docklands.

Wherever there was a tower under construction in London he had been. This wasn't so much a comment on poor security as he went everywhere no matter what the boundaries, with an endless enthusiasm to go places people don't normally get to far above us. In doing so whilst being such a talented photographer, he elevated the urban exploration hobby to art.

He took his love of heights further than that with a love of BASE jumping that saw him jump off the Burj Dubai setting a world record in the process and getting arrested immediately after, and of course, from Swiss mountains. It was here doing the latter that he died, not at the top of a tall building having broken health and safety rules, but simply by prematurely slipping and being unable to properly deploy the parachute he had on.

I last saw him two weeks ago. We talked about our skyscraper visits, comparing the official PR-led ones I experience to his unofficial sneaky trips that sometimes end with him jumping off a tall building like Batman. I got increasingly drunk and as I had to leave I went to bid him farewell.

Being out-of-it I was more honest than usual about both his talent and some of the dangers he put himself through saying he took chances and wouldn't be around forever. With his large body of stunning work I urged him to get a book published, although in a typically modest reply he said that just wasn't his style as he didn't want the fame.

Slurringly, to try and bolster my argument I found myself quoting Bladerunner. "All these moments will be lost like tears in the rain. You capture those moments, so please... do it," and then I headed off into the cold London night. With Darren's loss we'll get rather less of those beautiful moments.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:10 PM   #25
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Absolutely tragic. The world has been robbed of a truly inspiring person.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:19 PM   #26
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R.I.P My friend.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:20 PM   #27
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what terrible and sad news. having had the pleasure of Darren's company at our flat, i know he was such an exciting and humourous guy, as well as being strikingly intelligent, warm and friendly.

'Downfallen' will always be remembered on this site for his stunning photographs and escapades. long may they continue for him up above
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:23 PM   #28
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OMG!

In some ways, a good way to go, but

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:29 PM   #29
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Terrible news. RIP.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:46 PM   #30
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Shocking news, I am speechless, met the guy a few weeks ago...

My condolences to his family. He was a unique contributor to SSC and he will be missed.

Rest in peace.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:51 PM   #31
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Shocked, but not appalled.

He had a life worth living.

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:53 PM   #32
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Absolutely terrible news - RIP Downfallen.

Condolences to his family and friends.

His amazing contributions to SSC will not be forgotten (i have a few of his pics as backgrounds on various computers....everyone who sees them is in awe).

Perhaps we could have an SSC banner of one of his pics as a commemoration??
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:57 PM   #33
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we have got one NBTD.. if the forum can stop spazzing in size!
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:58 PM   #34
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Not too sure I ever spoke with him but RIP.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:08 PM   #35
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Thanks for sorting out the banner James.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:14 PM   #36
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Tragic news. He was such a talented photographer and I loved looking at his pictures. His photo of the O2 in fog was outstanding - one of the most remarkable pictures I've seen.

RIP
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:18 PM   #37
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Awful news, I never met him personally but I loved his contributions here.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:21 PM   #38
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I've just seen the banner at the top, and thought how great it was that one of these amazing pics was the banner on SSC. Then my eye moved down to the corner of the banner and the words "RIP". What a shock. I don't know him and have only seen a handful of photos by him I think, but it's still terribly sad news. May he Rest in Peace, and my condolences to all on here who knew him personally.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:23 PM   #39
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Oh NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What a terrible to thing to hear.


I joked with Darren in Williams flat in the summer about jumping off things.
What a thoroughly nice man.

What a waste

Sleep tight kind man

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 05:24 PM   #40
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Thank you for the banner James. I'll pass this thread onto his girlfriend.
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