many of us would have been bored in history class at school as a teacher waffled about a long-gone era, yet millions of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit users follow accounts that document abandoned places.
Most beautiful abandoned places
The eerie pictures posted on social media and news websites offer a vision of an unseen world that brings historical events to life and captures our imagination in a way Mrs Crosby never could.
More immersive than a museum and more human than a lecture, abandoned places photography has given the world an exciting way to look at times gone by.
The explosion of the internet has allowed abandoned places photography to flourish with hundreds, even thousands, of sites being set up dedicated to urban exploring.
From South Korea to South Carolina, it seems every region has its own urban explorer website. In this article we have gathered the most exciting derelict locations from across the whole world, diving deep into the sea, flying high over lost relics and stepping foot into ghastly mansions.
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I’m an‘urban explorer’ myself and I will never forget my first experience of exploring an abandoned places. It was in a sprawling munitions factory in a dark corner of rural north Wales.
It had been used in World War II to build bombs for the British army and was famous for never being discovered by Nazi intelligence.
Wandering around the site that even Hitler himself had been unable to find, I shuffled into the complex’s largest building. After walking for a while, I realised I had no idea where it ended. Turning around in the pitch black, I shone my torch back to where I had entered and could no longer see any sign of the door. That was the moment when I heard noises.
I was not alone. Like a doomed character from a bad horror movie, I said meekly, ‘Hello?’ No answer came except more sounds of movement and then, suddenly, a rush of air as something flew near my head at speed.
I sprinted back blindly in the direction I had come from and eventually found the exit. It was only once I was outside in the cold air, panting and sweating, did I think to look around and saw a warning sign for the bats’ nest inside.
Another time, I was exploring an abandoned places train yard in Budapest, Hungary. It was a truly magical place with lines of gargantuan locomotives that belonged in the nineteenth century.
I was in awe of the trains and I remember thinking if this was a museum, it would be the best museum I had ever visited. Of course, it wasn’t a museum and I hadn’t been invited.
Slowly I became aware of a group of burly Hungarian security guards who were pumping iron and had mean-looking guard dogs at their feet. Nervously I fumbled around to find my phone, rang my wife who was nearby and whispered to her about the guards. She found a vantage point up on a bridge and confirmed the situation. After taking a few more snaps as silently and quickly as possible, I co-ordinated with my wife, crept past the guards, and got out with adrenaline, fear and excitement still pumping through me.
Most beautiful abandoned places and forgotten locations
This is typical of the emotions urban explorers go through when shooting their stunning photographs – restless, excited and cognisant. No doubt it is scary and not for the faint-hearted; however, the feeling of capturing a stunning image that’s never been witnessed before is truly remarkable.
Urban exploration has its critics, but then why should we be surprised when photographers employ unorthodox and nonconformist methods? The brave men and women who venture into these places in their spare time are doing us all a service by shedding light on, quite literally, dark places.
The images they capture provoke questions about different cultures, time periods and colourful characters. Not only that, but their aesthetic qualities tend to be breath-taking.
There is a known code for abandoned places photography, which poetically says, *Take only pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
By reading this article, you, like the abandoned places photographers, are immersing yourself in humanity’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness for finding out what is around the next blind corner.
Every city and town in the world has a dilapidated home or mysterious building that is no longer used. This article invites you to come and see what is inside.