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Topic: Urban Exploring - My strange hobby...
Message: Posted by: Mogwai II (Apr 15, 2009 05:12PM)
Hi everybody

I thought I'd share my favorite hobby with you guys: Urban Exploring.

You go out and find building that are empty for a long time, schools, hospitals, hotels or private homes and explore them. Its a very magical feeling to enter a place that hasnt seen human souls in quite some time.

We make pictures and enjoy the creepy, weird atmosphere...

You don't take anything, and you don't break things. You are respectful to the ghosts of the building.
Urban Explorers sum it up with: "We only take pictures and we only leave footprints."

Here's an example:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=90587&id=609262162&l=1acddc954e

(The girl is my girlfriend Katrin, the guy with the Jeans-Jacket is my best buddy, and the other guy with the leather Cap, well that's me :) )

Anybody of you guys did similar things?
Message: Posted by: Mogwai II (Apr 15, 2009 05:15PM)
Sorry for the double post :)

Btw: This is an old villa in the center part of Locarno, Switzerland. It belonged to an old family of doctors.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 15, 2009 05:36PM)
Here in the US these days in certain cities, you'ld be taking pictures of crack addicts, urine puddles and the occasional body part.

As a kid though, I use to love to do this...was scary as hell and fun!

Thanks for the photos! Can't believe there are mementos and pictures still in place.
Message: Posted by: The Curator (Apr 16, 2009 12:25AM)
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On 2009-04-15 18:15, Mogwai II wrote:
Sorry for the double post :)

Btw: This is an old villa in the center part of Locarno, Switzerland. It belonged to an old family of doctors.
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Doctor Frankenstein?
Message: Posted by: Harlequin (Apr 16, 2009 02:34AM)
I can't believe that there empty places like that and yet so many homeless people in the world. I'm curious as to whether the place was 'open' or if you had to 'circumvent' the locks on the place?
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Apr 16, 2009 08:07AM)
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On 2009-04-15 18:12, Mogwai II wrote:

Anybody of you guys did similar things?
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Yep, finding and exploring the old buildings is half the fun. :)

Below is a mix of both studio and abandon property shoots I've taken. The abandon property shots are: 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, and 19 (half my port! hehe)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/pics.php?id=459512

And this is a series I recently shot at the Eastern State Penitentiary - "Descent into Madness" (scroll down to view all images)
https://home.comcast.net/~coffeeboiler/ESP2.htm