Thursday, September 10, 2015

Urbex and relevant photos

I have a decent amount of friends from home who used to skate but have recently been branching off to find thrill in a different activity. Urbex. Short for Urban Exploring which wikipedia defines as "the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not seen components of the man-made environment." Basically you go explore abandoned buildings, and you often get to see really cool stuff.

Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to go on these adventures with my friends, but they have gotten extremely good at taking photographs that allow their audience to experience the adventure from behind a computer.

They've been able to take places that people have viewed for so long as run down, useless, abandoned buildings, and turned them into beautiful works of art. They've had many encounters with police, security guards, and even the homeless. Taking these photos requires them to travel light, because to get to these locations you often have to run, jump, climb etc. This most often means one camera body, one lens, and no lights. 

Something that started out as an after school past-time has turned into future careers for my friends. They started just going and exploring these old buildings because they thought it was cool. Soon they started taking pictures to document the places they go. Now they are studying photography in school and have had art shows in Philadelphia featuring their work. 

The first three photos were taken by Andrew Collins. More work can be seen here:

The last photo was taken by Jon Sevik. More work can be seen here: and

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