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50 Urban Exploration Photo Sets

From Abandoned Building Photography to Feral Homes

— June 21, 2010 — Art & Design
Urban exploration is the practice of seeking out (and often documenting) abandoned buildings, feral homes and other run-down, cast-off spaces. We've featured dozens of photo shoots that capture successful urban exploration, and each one is equal parts disturbing, beautiful and somber. These modern ghost towns betray our addiction to all that is new and shiny and our temporary, consumerist culture.

Implications - Abandoned buildings in general has always been intriguing due to its mystique. The mysteriousness of these historical structures is fascinating due to its history and the stories that no one may ever hear of again. These buildings may look sad, somber or even disturbing, but after looking through these, you can't help but wonder what may have gone on inside the walls.
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Fake Infestations
Fake Infestations
Helen Nodding Gives an Abandoned Studio a Buggy Story Line
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Camouflaging City Blocks
Camouflaging City Blocks
Blue Buildings by Florentijn Hofman Attract Tourists
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Ghost Town Canvases
Ghost Town Canvases
'The Ghostvillage Project' Offers a City-Sized Work of Art
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Breaking & Entering Blogs
Breaking & Entering Blogs
'No Promise of Safety' Showcases Urban Adventurers
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Derelict Flats As Art
Derelict Flats As Art
Roger Hiorns' Copper Sulphate Den
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Cast-Off Chairtography
Cast-Off Chairtography
'Abandoned Chairs' by Adam M Shows Rejected Furniture in the Wild
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Dilapidation Documentography
Dilapidation Documentography
Jake Dobkin Captures the Real New York
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Choo Choo Churches
Choo Choo Churches
Communities Put Abandoned Train Cars to Good Use
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Abandoned Urbanscapes
Abandoned Urbanscapes
Empty L.A. Photgraphs Capture the Isolation of City Life
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Empty Pool Photography
Empty Pool Photography
J Bennet Fitts' 'No Lifeguard on Duty' Captures the End of Summer Fun
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Psychedelic Buses
Psychedelic Buses
'Knitta Please' Uses Yarn to Decorate Abandoned Bus
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Derelict London
Derelict London
Alternative London Guide Website
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Geometric Shape Photography
Geometric Shape Photography
Georges Rousse Turns Abandoned Places into Artistic Geometry
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Derelict Psych Wardtography
Derelict Psych Wardtography
The Exhibit of Spring Grove Hospital Shows Creepy Scenes
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Abandoned Real Estate Bus Tours
Abandoned Real Estate Bus Tours
Long Island Foreclosure Tours
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Abandoned Housicles
Abandoned Housicles
The Ice House Detroit Raises Awareness About Housing Crisis
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Apocalyptic Railway Shoots
Apocalyptic Railway Shoots
Antoni Szczupal Finds Beauty in the Desolate for 'Ghost Train'
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Abandoned House Photography
Abandoned House Photography
'Island Feelings' Shows the Beautiful Side of Summer's Spoils
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Eerie Empty Suburbia
Eerie Empty Suburbia
'The Space Around' by Gavin Stewart Explores a People-Free Landscape
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Bright Blue Doors
Bright Blue Doors
Lisbon Street Art Features Indigo Paint and Portuguese Poetry
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Isolation Photography
Isolation Photography
Michel Rajkovic's ‘Nowhere' Features Abandoned Areas
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Homeless Kidtography
Homeless Kidtography
'Abandoned' by Coral Fletcher Captures an Orphaned Child
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Capturing Abandoned Abodes
Capturing Abandoned Abodes
'Deserted Homes' by Sigal Ben David Takes Us to New Orleans
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Couture Amongst Clutter
Couture Amongst Clutter
Freja Beha Erichsen Poses in a Mess for Vogue UK
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Apocalyptic TV-Smashing
Apocalyptic TV-Smashing
'Post Nuclear' by Antoni Szczupal Depicts a Gritty, Edgy World
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Squatters' Rights Exhibits
Squatters' Rights Exhibits
‘100 Abandoned Houses' Keeps Spooky Homes at a Distance
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Urban Upcycled Lamps
Urban Upcycled Lamps
Super Guppy Street Light Takes Upcycling to a New Place
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Haunted Urban Exploration
Haunted Urban Exploration
Old Don Jail in Toronto Opens Doors to Sinister Past
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Creepy Abandoned Homes
Creepy Abandoned Homes
Abandoned Homes Become Popular on Facebook, Green Websites
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Abandoned Bank Photography
Abandoned Bank Photography
Jonathan Castellino Revists the Bank of Toronto
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Humanized Urban Portraits
Humanized Urban Portraits
'(In)vulnerable' by Steef Veldhoen Mixes Models & Abandoned Buildings
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Life-Sized Dollhouses
Life-Sized Dollhouses
Abandoned Farmhouse Transformed Into Giant Playhouse
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Unsettling Imagery
Unsettling Imagery
'Dyssomnia' by Andrey Rogach Gives Me an Uncomfortable Feeling
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Capturing Dilapidated Buildings
Capturing Dilapidated Buildings
‘100 Abandoned Houses Project' by Kevin Bauman
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Creepy Urban Exploration
Creepy Urban Exploration
Abandoned Ruins by Tom Kirsch
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Dilapidated Building Dance Recitals
Dilapidated Building Dance Recitals
Alexey Novikov Captures a Ballerina in an Abandoned Edifice
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Isolation Photography
Isolation Photography
The Haunting Photos of Stephan Opitz
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Abandoned Man-Made Creations
Abandoned Man-Made Creations
'Artificial Owl' Website for Derelict Enthusiasts
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Clothes-Free Urban Explorers
Clothes-Free Urban Explorers
Miru Kim's Fearless and Confident Photography
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Abandoned Building Photography
Abandoned Building Photography
Visually Brilliant Derelict Power Plants Captured on Camera
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Abandoned Photography
Abandoned Photography
Fabiano Parisi Focuses on Human and Industrial Waste
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Dilapidated Hospital Photography
Dilapidated Hospital Photography
Reiss Cleal Captures the Abandoned Severalls Mental Hospital
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8
Vampire House
Vampire House
Anne Rice's Rosegate Estate Sale + Ghosts Free
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Abandoned Future City
Abandoned Future City
San Zhi, Taiwan
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Architectural Corpses
Architectural Corpses
‘Stages of Decay' by Julia Solis Captures Abandoned Theaters
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Abandoned Airplane Renovations
Abandoned Airplane Renovations
Clipper Juan T. Trippe is a Ghost Town With Wings
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Feral Homes
Feral Homes
Abandoned Houses in Detroit Become Feral Beasts in Summer
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Abandoned Shopping Malls
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
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Modern Ghost Towns
Modern Ghost Towns
10 Recently-Abandoned Cities
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Abandoned Celebrity Mansions
Abandoned Celebrity Mansions
Mike Tyson's Old Home
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