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TOPIC: Urban Exploration

Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 00:57 #1

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I'm not sure where to make this thread, but the lounge is as good a place as any.

I've been watching some urban exploration stuff recently, it's quite interesting imo. It's kind of eerie that the houses are left to rot with stuff still inside, like the people just high tailed it out of there leaving everything behind.

It's also kind of weird how quickly houses seem to rot and how fast paint peels and roofs begin to leak once the people who lived in them move on. It's like the energy and warmth of the people keeps the houses "alive".

There's loads more stuff... people exploring old hospitals, sewers, stuff like that.

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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 01:52 #2

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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 02:24 #3

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That was kind of eye opening dots. It's hard to believe places like that exist in western society. The real face of the American dream I suppose, the American nightmare, and I bet a shocking amount of people are living it.
Why don't the politicians do something about the ghettos? instead of worrying about other countries, they should sort their own out and make the lives of poor Americans better.

There are places in the UK similar to those ghettos, but they don't seem quite as bad.
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 02:29 #4

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This is a cool vid.

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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 02:36 #5

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irrepressible wrote:
That was kind of eye opening dots. It's hard to believe places like that exist in western society. The real face of the American dream I suppose, the American nightmare, and I bet a shocking amount of people are living it.
Why don't the politicians do something about the ghettos? instead of worrying about other countries, they should sort their own out and make the lives of poor Americans better.

There are places in the UK similar to those ghettos, but they don't seem quite as bad.

I have been saying the same thing for years long before i ever showed up at Sanctum Zone.

I could post you google map links of places like North Philly, Camden, Gary Indiana that would make the worst part of the UK look like paradise. But not right now.
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 02:37 #6

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The pen is mightier than the sword
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 02:54 #8

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Excellent thread.
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 03:05 #9

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Interesting thread, thanks peeps.
I found a site called photowheel, if you like urban industrial explorations, this is a photo treasure chest of places in Europe. Warehouses, factories, hospitals, hotels and more. There's even a macabre surprise in one :O !!

www.abandoned-places.com/thumbnails.htm
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 03:12 #10

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syxx wrote:
Interesting thread, thanks peeps.
I found a site called photowheel, if you like urban industrial explorations, this is a photo treasure chest of places in Europe. Warehouses, factories, hospitals, hotels and more. There's even a macabre surprise in one :O !!

www.abandoned-places.com/thumbnails.htm

Looks like good website, I'll have a good nose around that, thanks for posting :thumbup:

There must be countless places, dripping with history and haunting echoes of the past. I'd like to explore some of these places myself, but they're kind of scary :emb: not to mention dangerous. I'd like to bask in the strange atmospheres.
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 03:16 #11

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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 06:14 #12

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Bidston Hill Air Raid Shelter

Looks like a great place to explore, unfortunately it's been sealed up, because of health and safety concerns. Vandals have also ruined it, kind of looks like a bomb's hit it, ironically.



Interesting website, some good pics.

www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/underground-sites/79114-bidston-deep-shelters-merseyside-march-2013-a.html
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Urban Exploration 19 Dec 2013 11:21 #13

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Weird! I didn't know that place existed.
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Urban Exploration 24 Dec 2013 10:37 #14

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Found a treasure chest of images of derelict places in the UK; it's a forum-style site and some posters have provided outlinks to other photo galleries elsewhere.
Enjoy! :)

www.derelictplaces.co.uk/
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Urban Exploration 24 Dec 2013 10:59 #15

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Great find, thanks for posting :)

I had a look at the "hoarders home" straight away, I like the old Murphy cassette recorder. They must have had a lot of stuff whoever used to live there :chuckle:
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Urban Exploration 24 Dec 2013 21:29 #16

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Happy to please :)
Will add more links as I find them. Always looking for new pics of Severalls .... and wondering which room the bed will be photo'ed in next!
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Urban Exploration 24 Dec 2013 21:34 #17

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I love that site about derelict buildings. The things people walk away from and leave to rot. Everywhere has such interesting places in their histories, though. I remember seeing a programme on the hidden places of London and it was riveting.

Here in Leamington Spa, right in the centre of England.... we had elephants! Not just the "in the room" kind, real ones:

www.geograph.org.uk/photo/27899

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Urban Exploration 26 Dec 2013 22:33 #18

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That's a great find, Cantata. Imagine that: elephants in Leamington, and with their own house, too. The image that you linked to is really intriguing; what is it about images of paths with something just out of sight at the end, that are so compelling?
True too, about what people leave behind. I have seen some images of houses where the entire contents look suddenly abandoned from some immediate calamity. Clothes still hanging in closets and the detritus of daily life strewn about as if just used and put aside momentarily. After a virtual wander through rooms, it suddenly occurs that there is no sign of flood or obvious disaster that caused the abandonment, and this always adds a chill to further exploration.

In my recent search for the elusive and ambulatory bed of Severalls (which remains an enigma at the moment), I have dug up a few more sites.
Links below!

www.whateversleft.co.uk/?show=slide&pageid=198

www.sickbritain.co.uk

www.ukurbex.com/

www.simoncornwell.com/urbex/frames.htm


So. Did anyone yet find that nasty surprise :fraid: hidden in the corridors of the photowheel site (www.derelictplaces.co.uk/)? If you have not yet found it, it is worth a look; definitely one of those images you want to stop staring at, but somehow can't tear your eyes away from.
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Urban Exploration 05 Jan 2014 19:13 #19

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I'm still making my way around the photo wheel. I haven't found the nasty surprise yet :chuckle: I saw a dead bird skeleton tough.
The huge power plants and refineries are fascinating, scary places. So many buttons, and dials, and valves, and wheels to turn. I wonder what they all did, or what pressing or turning the wrong one by accident would have done :fraid:
There's something almost maniacal about human industry, the big factories. Something so hungry, and one track minded. Almost like the factories are giant living things, or like the man who took the pics described one factory "... a lethally wounded dinosaur".

Cuba looks like an interesting place to visit. There seems to be a lot of decaying opulence.
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Great pics everyone. Thank you. :)
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