Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.


Urban exploration is the act of going places you’re not supposed to go. It acts as an umbrella phrase for other terms like infiltration, draining, buildering and other actions which take place in an urban setting. Often the act of urban exploration is illegal, as trespassing is usually necessary. However, the majority of urban explorers do not intend to vandalize property. One of the cardinal rules of urban exploration is “Take only photographs, leave only footprints”.

Well, the following clip is a nice urbex example. I reckon a couple of you might have already seen this one through  LaidbackRadio, Mom’s place or Vandalog (seems they beat me to it :D), but its too good not to share it here also.

Andrew Wonder follows Steve Duncan, who as an urban historian & photographer tries to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath. “From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.”

For more info on it all you can always visit UnderCity or follow twitter.com/andrewwonder.

I remember as kids, we would find our way into abandoned houses, warehouses, … Trespassing for many, curiosity for others. Remember once threading onto military terrain a couple of years back. Nothing harmful, curiosity and stupidity mainly. Walking around, looking at training grounds, fire ranges, … and suddenly hearing/seeing a vehicle approach. This followed by the fatest 100m dash ever. Could have qualified for the Olympics :D

Anyways, closest we have come to urbex the past months must have been the Doel visit we did, but that’s ages ago. Maybe we should consider picking it up.

If this kind stuff interest you, there are several sites you can follow for locations (forbiddenplaces or UEF for instance)  if you want to go out yourself but I also have to mention Wim’s latest project urbanexploration.be here. Kudos for that!

UNDERCITY NYC - through Vandalog, thanks for that!
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