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Urbex (urban explorers with cameras)

My friend Andy showed me a book of his at the weekend about Urbex. This is a…..movement, loose grouping, bunch of passionate individuals who like to explore abandoned buildings and photograph them. The ‘movement’ is international and there are forums from many countries where people post about buildings they have found and sometimes they post their pictures too.

Here are links to some of those forums

Talkingurbex this link opens in their gallery

28 Days Later

Urbex UK

American Urbex

urbex : salve mater 3 by ~cbdphotography


The book in questions that piqued my interest was called Beauty in Decay, it is a photography book featuring 14 different photographers from all over the place. The pictures are predominately HDR representations which give all the images a sort of Giger look, (the guy who designed the sets for Ridley Scott’s Alien movie)You know how it is, you find out about something and suddenly you see it everywhere, so my surprise was not elevated beyond a mild jolt when a new follower of this blog also had an interest and had done some urban exploring of his own. Chris Maskell has some really nice images on his blog site here this is one from a girls school

Chris Maskell

8 responses to “Urbex (urban explorers with cameras)

  1. chris maskell January 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the link to my blog. Urbex is growing beyond belief perhaps beyond control.
    I don’t want to sound like I’m up myself but, urbex (or UE) is a semi secretive movement by nature of what we do. Most explores could be classed as tress pass and there is an urbex code: take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps. Add to this the unwritten rule of do not break and enter, this is classed as criminal damage also many of the buildings are in varied states of decay and can be dangerous.
    You mention the use of HDR this is mainly a result of very dark buildings and extreme lighting contrast found in the buildings, also HDR tends to enhance textures on decayed surfaces.

  2. ChrisdMRF January 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    In my view the best urbex forum is http://www.talkurbex.com
    A great welcoming bunch

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