Urbex n’ Drones

A while ago, I discussed my new fondness for minimalist exploration (see here).
For most of my outings, I have now replaced my DSLR with a (very) high end Huawei P20pro telephone, with Leica lens.

Except, I didn’t.

Nowadays, I am once again carrying around a cumbersome bag…this time, with my Photography Pro drone in it.

Back to square one then ? Not really…

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Getting there

If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you know that when it comes to Urbexing, discretion is key.
In fact, unless you fancy a criminal record, trespassing and infiltration are activities that require the outmost discretion.

With that in mind, whatever mode of transportation you choose for an Urbex, do not be conspicuous. Thus rule number one (mostly aimed at the Kardashian family I imagine): don’t use a helicopter or a Ferrari.

I know I don’t.

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First Aid Kits

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”

Deep Down

In a previous article, we’ve talked of going up (see here). It only makes sense that we now discuss going down.
Pedantly, “speleology” is the science of exploration and study of all aspects of caves and their environments.
Visiting or exploring caves for recreation is called “caving”, “draining”, “potholing”, or “spelunking”. Continue reading “Deep Down”

Coming back alive

Alright.

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”

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