The views expressed below belong to Abandoned World Photography and is based purely on personal experience and opinion.
What is urbex/urban exploration?
Urbex, which is short for urban exploration, is the process of researching and finding an abandoned building, finding a safe entry point and exploring and in some people’s cases, photographing the site. I like to go a bit further and perform historical research on the sites I photograph. My findings are always posted with the full photo album on this website.
Why do I love urbex?
It is exciting, something different to do, satisfying for adrenaline junkies like myself and the photographs I capture tell stories of the past which is pretty damn cool. Overall, I love the historical aspect of derelict sites, and imagining what they were like back in the day.
How do I find abandoned buildings to explore?
Research on the Internet, old maps, Google maps, government websites, cycling/walking/driving around different parts of the city.
What essentials do I bring with me when I urbex?
Camera, torch, phone, water – that’s about it! I don’t bring anything that will give the police a reason to arrest me for burglary or vandalism, meaning so no gloves, weapons, spray paint, screwdrivers etc.
What are the dangers I take into consideration?
Asbestos, unstable floors/ceilings/structures, crackheads, dirty needles etc.
What you’re doing is illegal, why do you have a hobby that involves trespassing? “You could get arrested/I will get you arrested”.
Yes, technically it is trespassing. Every country has different laws around trespassing though, and so far, the only city I have received any negative response from has been Perth in Western Australia. Interestingly, other cities in Australia that I’ve photographed (Sydney, Brisbane etc) have welcomed my photography. But Perthians have had major issues with my explores resulting in near arrests, threats, hate messages from the urbex community and I’ve had to remove my name from all of my photography pages. 🙁
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