Photographing bandoned places call you urbex photography/urban exploring. These places can be visited worldwide. Visiting abandoned buildings and taking pictures there is a huge attraction for many photographers. Interest in abandoned and dilapidated buildings seems to be growing enormously in recent years. Which on the one hand makes it very nice, but on the other hand it also brings really wrong people. Think of (copper) thieves, vandalism, loitering, etc etc.
I can imagine that you are very curious about how you can best look for those unique abandoned and dilapidated locations as a starting urbexxer and what you should take into account.
So how do you start? Send people a message with what is the address of so and that location is not only not done; you're not going to get anything done that way. Even if you tell them that you are a beginner, the average urbexxer will think that you are after the wrong things.
The only way and fastest way is to search yourself and there are several options for this. Always keep your eyes open when you travel. You may see an abandoned factory or farm along the way (from the train or passenger seat, for example). Take a picture right away..
Your phone will remember where you took that photo!
Tip ; Turn on location services of course.
tip 2 for beginners starts above with my photos. I'm giving out two names and also the country where the location should be. So you have a couple of things to google. Abandoned farm Schimmelpennick or for example Urbex Ferme St Valetine Belgium. There are several roads that lead to Rome. So there are also many keywords that you can use on Google.
Some other examples are "Urban, Urbane, abandoned, abandoned".
Ttip 3 for beginners You can also search a specific region on the internet by, for example, using Google Street View or check news articles. Another very good tip is YouTube. Filming locations is actually not done because you can reveal too much information. Which means for you as a beginner that you can watch YouTube videos for addresses, street signs etc etc.
Via YouTube is echt heel veel te vinden.
in shortand some additional tips: The most commonly used resources when searching for possible locations on the Internet are Google, Google Earth (GE) and Google Maps (GM). Streetview can show you whether something still exists, Wikipedia always knows a lot, Real Estate you regularly come across urbex buildings.
And then you have the social media channels such as Flickr, Facebook, personal (urbex) websites and much more. Use smart search terms as mentioned above. View the reports of others on urbex forums, compare the photos and read the accompanying stories. Often there are many unintended hints about a location.
also a very important point Never go out alone, but go in together.That is not only much more pleasant but also much safer.
Vervallen panden kunnen erg gevaarlijk zijn, denk aan rotte vloeren en gaten in de vloeren in donkere ruimten.
In case of an emergency you always have someone to fall back on or someone who can call the emergency services for you. Always have a fully charged battery in your mobile. In terms of clothing, it is good to wear safe shoes and inconspicuous clothing, the shoes also protect you from glass and nails or other things that can get into the foot.
I made an urbex map for beginners. Do you want to know where to watch it? Just click hereAnd if you are going to remember that 1 thing because that is also one of the most important rules of urbexxen: 'Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but picturesLeave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures
In this way it remains possible for others to discover a location. And let's be honest, if you visit someone you know, you don't take all the furniture with you, do you?
Have you (found) a nice beginners location that you want to share? Please leave it in the comments and I'll add it.
Have fun with explorer and remember ; stay safe and use your wits!