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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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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too :)
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yanshee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Photographer
This is ridiculous ! I'm an urban explorer, and I don't see the threat. Terrorists could easily find abandoned places by themselves. If we can, I don't think that would pose a problem to terrorists to do the same. If they're not even able to find an abandoned place, I don't think they must be pretty effectives as terrorists. Anyway, I just think that's another kind of "be afraid people, terrorists are everywhere,blabla, be scared to death and vote for fascists that will limit your freedom for your own safety". Most explorers are really reasonable people: they don't share locations as to protect them, they break and steal nothing, and they know what they do. I'm waiting now for the article that will say that nude photography is a threat to society because it creates potential rappers,... :roll:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely agree :nod:
:D
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flitterflutterbird Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Photographer
i love Urban Exploring and i hardly ever get confronted by anybody (and most of my exploring is in abandoned city areas) so i don't think it's TOO dangerous but it may be just my experience.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm. Yeah I can't really see that angle the article is trying to tell.

Vantage points of certain risk areas? A mapped out area of underground whatever? Sounds like some high up manager started piping about this and people tried to make it a thing.



Personally, what I photograph is of nearly little concern to anyone, let alone terrorists :roll: It's just imagery/places that I find interesting.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it seems to be catching on as a news theme at the moment though. ><
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I love these photos. Whenever I see a photo of an abandoned building I think of all the stories: Who lived there? What happened to them? Was this building in a nice neighborhood at one time? I don't see how urban exploration poses any risks to national security. I know that some photographers have been sued by the owners for trespassing. If there is any "risk" it is probably the danger that any unseen instability in these building may hold for the unwary (owners are very afraid of personal injury lawsuits, at least in the U.S.). I do find these photos to be fascinating pieces of art and have been intrigued by this genre ever since I saw the series of abandoned houses in Detroit. :camera:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the same :nod: they are really historically fascinating :)
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PartTimeCowboy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, i'm really interested in finding out more about this and getting into it!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is fascinating :)
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sokolovic1987 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Being an explorer myself I can say I pose no risk to security what-so-ever. When I get into a place I may browse documents I may find but generally find zero interest other than the basic history of the location. What I'm there for is the building itself in various stages of decay. When I leave the place after being satisfied I got all the shots I want I actually seal up whatever hole I got into so not even I can get back in without a key. I may talk about my adventure but never any personal details. I even have a hard time telling anyone locations other than my trusted urbex partners who go with me and my wife in case something happens.

I actually pose less risk than the building owners usually.

And don't get me started on injuries. If they happen it's because of a lack of careful observation and is 100% the fault of the injured party. No property owner should ever be sued because of stupidity of another individual.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely agree :nod:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed :thumbsup:
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
interesting kind of photography!!! :nod:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes!
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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