Urban Exploration

I love exploring abandoned buildings and towns. There's nothing more fun than hearing the echo of my boots clicking on the ground, reminding me that there is no one else around but me and my camera.

It's so peaceful walking around abandoned areas, I always find myself trying to imagine what it was like when the places I explore weren't abandoned, and instead filled with life and sounds and people going about their business.

People tell me that urban exploration is dangerous, especially alone, but that adds to the thrill of it in my opinion. I love climbing over obstacles and jumping gaps. I occasionally bring a friend, but often, I prefer to go at it alone.

I'll occasionally find something interesting on my trips, usually nothing valuable, but memorable things like the guest list of an abandoned hotel. I'll usually find something small to bring back as something of a trophy. Like I said, it's usually nothing valuable and I try to leave the abandon building as I left it, but a book here and there or piece of writing or a picture that I find is always interesting to bring home and tell stories about to people.

Someone once told me what I'm doing is "Playing Urban Tomb Raider", which is a fun way to think about it actually :P
IsabellaRegaldo IsabellaRegaldo
22-25, F
2 Responses Jan 4, 2013

I live in northern Canada, and often find myself driving through the foothills or prairies of this vast land, taking great pleasure at the sight of old, broken down farm houses and sheds. I wonder at the stories they might tell if only they could. I've given thought to taking my camera along, stopping along the road, making my way into some of these delapitated places, and snapping away.
Close up pictures of cobwebs, broken floorboards, rotted desks and tables, and (this one I can't seem to stop thinking about) Laying on my back, and letting the shutter capture the streams of sunlight beaming in through the holes in the roof.

Perhaps a 'Rural Tomb Raider'

Very cool! I love to explore old places like that and see those last remnants of the people and things that once occupied them.