Most of what I do is done behind closed doors and stays that way. But sometimes, if I feel like a media outlet will portray my urbex adventures in the right way, I will allow them to write about me. In one instance, I went on a radio show which was the first I’ve really spoken to the public about Abandoned World Photography and what it entails.
I’ve summarised a timeline below of media appearances, starting with a photographic spread in the Metro Herald Irish tabloid newspaper in 2008.
1. The Metro Herald (2008)
My first media appearance was in the Metro Herald, a small tabloid newspaper from Dublin which is now sadly gone. The editor asked me to write an article and supply photos to accompany the content, which I did, and then he wrote the headings and image captions (which are hilarious). I had been working as a journalist for the Metro Herald at the time, and I loved that editor because he fully supported the abandoned photography hobby that I was developing, to the point where he’d let me leave the newsroom to explore a building if I found a good one online! What a legend.
2. Indymedia Ireland
Shortly after the Metro Herald article was posted, there was a pretty cool response published by Indymedia which you can read here: https://abandonedworldphotography.com/2017/02/04/indymedia-article-by-michelle-blake/
3. Greystones Guide IE (2015)
A travel website in Ireland reached out after finding my photographs of the abandoned Windgate Farm. It was the first online feature I’d gotten, and it was nice to receive messages from people expressing interest in urbex and asking for some tips on how to start off as a beginner.
4. Commercial Real Estate AU (2019)
I was surprised when the corporate Commercial Real Estate website reached out and asked if they could include my photograph of the abandoned Broadway Hotel in Brisbane in an article they were writing!
5. Casey Community Radio, the Supernatural Show (2021)
Fast forward 8 years and I’m in Perth photographing as many historical buildings as I possibly can. I got in talks with a radio station from Melbourne about participating in their Friday night supernatural show. I made it very clear I wouldn’t be talking about ghosts because I haven’t seen any, but the radio host assured me it was all good, the listeners would still love to hear about the abandoned adventures I have and the places I explore. If you skip halfway into the 20th March segment, you can listen to the recording.
6. The West Australian Newspaper (2021)
I was very surprised to be contacted by the biggest newspaper in Western Australia by a journalist who was very interested in publishing some of my photos and writing about urbex.
The article was out within two weeks of getting contacted and cited some of the major sites I’d photographed within Perth, a two-page spread on pages 84 and 85. The article was replicated in a few of the smaller papers around Western Australian, such as the Geraldton Times, the Bussleton/Dunsborough Times, the Manjimup Bridgetown Times and more.
This was when I first learned trespassing laws in Perth are very strict. I also learned that the urbex community hated that the newspaper article mentioned the names of abandoned sites that are already on Google, and they grouped together to send me “hate mail” for weeks after the article was published. Fun times!