Is there a particularly conducive time of the year for Urbexing around ? Are there “Urbex prone seasons” ? Personally, and to paraphrase John Ruskin, I consider “there is no such thing as bad Urbex weather, only different kinds of good Urbex weather.”
“There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst“, or so the saying goes.
One of the given of almost any Urbex is the potential danger in which the action occurs.
This is true legally of course, from a safety point of view as well (see here).
Our Urbex playgrounds are usually fraught with dangers and perils. From falling objects to unstable platforms, the risk to one’s health are a bit higher then when let’s say, you’re partaking in flower macro-photography. Continue reading “First Aid Kits”
I like old cemeteries and graveyards.
And it’s not ONLY because I am a gloom and doom person.
I love graveyards, really I do. To some, it might sound morbid, but to me, there’s nothing dark about the natural cycles of life. Somehow, death reminds me how alive I am. Continue reading “Cemetery Exploration (CemEx)”
Tired of city madness? Taking a break from urban hysteria? Getting back in touch with your “inner nature”? Rurex may just be what the doctor ordered then!!
Probably not, though. Ha.
Of all possible Urbex destinations, abandoned industrial sites are probably one of my favorites.
To paraphrase Henry Miller; I’ve always looked on industrial decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression as growth.
To me, appart from infiltration (see here), industrial Urbex is the fucking Mecca of urban exploration. Continue reading “Industrial Urbex”
Trespassers will be prosecuted.
Sometimes, they’ll get shot !!
Although the above statement is not very likely to happen to you, Urban exploration, is almost always clandestine and made without the authorization of the rightful owners.
As expected then, it is generally prohibited by some decrees, by-laws, or certain municipal regulations, depending on where you do your deed.
In a world of web-based instantaneous connection, politically correct outrage has become the norm. People have nothing new to say, but they are now much louder about it, using every channel at their disposal ! Anything remotely out of the norm has become an easy target for the political correctness police.
Thus, as a potentially dangerous activity (see here) hovering on the fringes of legality (see here), it is no surprise that Urbex is a big no-no for so many folks out there.
Continue reading “Urbex : social trespass?”
Let me piss on your parade for a bit.
The physical risks associated with Urbexing come in different flavors, and not the fun ones. Fall of the explorer or fall of stones on the said explorer, collapses, risks related to water (sudden flooding of a pipe); gas contamination (absence of oxygen, presence of toxic gases (CO, CO2, H2S …), risks of explosion (firedamp, dust)…
Make sure this sinks in (pun intended).
You might be drowning in sewage, falling from girders, gralloched by razor-wire, skewered on scaffolding etc… But that’s not all; longer-term dangers include respiratory problems from exposure to dusts and a classic: asbestos. All this while jail and a criminal record linger around… Continue reading “Coming back alive”
Urban Exploration (or Experiment, for some) a.k.a Urbex, in its truest sense, was coined in the early 1980s.
However, historically, Urban Exploration as such, has been practiced by people for centuries, as evidenced by the many artistic “retros” in ancient arts, such as Egyptomania, or neo-classicist paintings. What were the old neo-classic painters visiting the world’s ancient cities, if not Urbexers ? Or the Romantics walking through Roman ruins across Europe ? Not to mention the ever popular macabre “excursions” in the catacombs and other mass graves.