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Urban Exploration #8

Thu Apr 4, 2013, 12:59 PM



"Urban explorers are a bit like children...if you tell them not to do something, they're going to do it anyway..."



This week, Urban Exploration has surprisingly been in the news a fair bit. With articles ranging from what it's all about to asking the public whether urban explorers pose a threat to national security. For something that is secretive, for the most part, and often overlooked and not thought of, there has been a fair bit of discussion! There is also an article claiming that Urban Exploration Photographs Pose a Security Risk. Admittedly, I can see a bit of where they're coming from but honestly, the whole thing is a bit hyped up. What are your thoughts on this? Are you an Urban Explorer that doesn't consider themselves a security risk? Or are you a bystander that thinks all urban explorers are a threat? Check out this article for a bit more of the latest gossip.

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Urban Exploration is the exploration of man-made structures. Usually these are abandoned ruins, or components that used to be part of everyday life but are no longer seen on a regular basis by the human eye. This series of articles aims to highlight exactly what Urban Exploration is, how it's achieved and the some of the best Urbex Photographers here on deviantART. Want to see more Urbex photographs within the Daily Deviation section? Then send your suggestions to 3wyl and I!




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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing feature as always!!! I pick up my new camera at the end of this week!! :excited:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
I've always liked this type of photography. Like one commenter said, I find myself thinking of the story behind these buildings and houses. Great feature!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too! :)
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GrabBagPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I would love to be an urban explorer but quite frankly, I'm too afraid. Now, I'm not afraid of the floor collapsing or getting caught hopping a fence, I'm afraid of running into some desperate homeless person who happens to be living in this abandoned building. Well what a luck day for them! They're poor and I have a camera and presumably a backpack full of camera equipment!

They want to take my wallet? Sure, go ahead. They want to take my shoes and the clothes on my back? That's fine, too. But don't take my photography equipment. Being a stay at home mom and trying to save for a house, it would be years before we had the money to re-buy all of it back. Not to mention, my sense of security would be shattered. I'd probably never shoot without someone again and even then, I'd always be looking over my shoulder instead of focusing on the shot.

It's stressing my out just thinking about it -__- lol
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sokolovic1987 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
To alleviate your concerns you should have your equipment under your house insurance in case of theft or accidental damage. Also it is so extremely highly recommended to find two very like minded individuals to go along with you. Alone is dangerous, two is ok, three people and you can have a person watching out %100 of the time for dangers. Take turns every half hour or so being the group security, and with three people you will almost always never be messed with. Four people is too many and your risk of getting caught goes up exponentially with each person added after that.

On that note though, breaking my own rules one day I went it alone. I found myself in an old shack that had flooded a few year back in one of the local city parks. It was used as a canteen for an outdoor skating oval.

As I opened the door though, camera in hand, it exploded back at me like a grizzly bear charged it and slammed it shut. It sent me flying a good seven or eight feet backwards and as I hit the ground the door opened back up. I quickly got my wits about me and looked up and there was this frail looking (he just looked it but was strong as an ox) old gentleman. He had long thin silvery dishevelled hair and his nose I could tell had been broken many times.

I quickly got to my feet in case a follow up attack was on the way but the guy just sort of stood there in the doorway.

"Hello" I said
"Get out of here!" he quickly remarked back almost like he was talking to a dog.

Then his stomach rumbled so loud I could hear it from where I was standing. I always pack some food on my excursions in case I get peckish myself and this particular trip I packed a full lunch. 3 tuna sandwiches, a sports drink, a sandwich baggie full of cheese crackers and a small piece of rice crispy cake. I see he is in a bit of a thin patch financially and offered him a tuna sandwich.

He quickly calmed down and accepted it. Then we got to talking. I asked about his story and just listened to him. He told me about how he was successful in his younger days, had a wife, home and everything. He finished the first sandwich so I gave him a second one. He then told me how he had family issues which lead to divorce and mental issues and all that. Lost everything basically. He was in the shack stripping it of copper wire and pipes so he could sell it for food. I gave him the rest of my lunch taking only three crackers for myself to quell a hunger pain I was getting myself.

He then invited me in to his make shift home to take the photos I wanted to in the first place. Had he not done so I would have left no problem but I got two awesome shots out of it(both of them are in my gallery). One of which wound up on one of my business cards. I know what he was doing was illegal however it would have been immoral for me to report this particular instance (it was a very small shack that was actually bulldozed a month later anyway).

I now look forward to meeting wayward souls in these places. They are just human, treat them as such and they will treat you in kind.
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GrabBagPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
That's a great story! I can see how scared a person like that might be of any intruder. Perhaps I'll always keep extra food on me just in case. I hope if I do come across anyone, they'll be as understanding as him.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah I get what you're saying there, that's a risk. But I've never come across people living in these types of places, ever! :)
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GrabBagPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
I haven't either but I don't want to take that chance.
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GrabBagPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love these photographs! Deterioration and abandonment are two of my favorite photography subjects.
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