Hi photographers and urban explorers!
When you live in a city and you can’t go into the woods to smell some great fresh air and observe wildlife… well, if you are like me, looking for new ideas of pictures, exploration and adrenaline… Urban Photography mixed with Urban Exploration is for you.
Please, be super aware that Urban Exploration can be pretty dangerous and sometime illegal.
Urban explorers are not always urban photographers, but I like to combine both parts.
It’s a way to explore history and capture what remains of it. It’s difficult, because many interesting abandoned places are closed or forbidden. You can resquest an authorisation if you can find the owner, but in a lot of cases, it’s trespassing if a board mentions this.
There is huge efforts from urban explorers and urban photographers to protect those abandoned places and keep the most fragile ones secret. Avoid to break in.
Unfortunately, some vandals use houses, buildings, factories, churches, schools, asylums, hospitals etc. as a playground, steal and break everything inside them. To have done many different places, I can tell you that it’s sad to see what people can do…
The best quotation is “Take only memories, leave only footprints,” by Chief Seattle (1780-1866), and can be applied in many situations.
Urban photography could be: Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.
Here is a trailer to show what it is, as the full movie video “Urban Explorers: Into The Darkness”, from Melody Gilbert, has been removed on Youtube. A bit extreme on this one, but at least you will have a good idea on the subject.
I hope to find you some good tutorials, otherwise, I will compose one with some different videos, as urban photography requires different techniques!
Some of my urban explorations dans into abandoned places.
Enjoy and be safe.
Please do not hesitate to visit my facebook page Ansermoz Photograhy to stay tuned!. Please feel free to visit and like!
While searching for some items, DVD, books and infos, I found the serie The Cities Of the Underwolrd that can be really interesting, and also, the full movie “Urban Explorers: Into The Darkness”, on Dailymotion website.
Update: I just found this documentary, and it looks promising. I hope you will enjoy it as well. (There also no advertisement breaks on Video…)
It’s named Urbex, from Chris Sendrowski / Digital Memories Event Video.
Urban exploration can be dangerous and illegal, so please be careful if you visit those abandoned places. We do not encourage you to explore them, but if you do, please respect those old places.
You enter at your own risks!