A blog about the thrill of exploring lost places
Back in my old hometown I often went into lost, ruined buildings. There is something deeply fascinating about those ruins ... they tell so many stories.
We found this post-apocalyptic living room in a old factory. This place was all about people living the excess, searching the thrill. Being easy accessible the whole place was filled with paintings and other relicts of the people who've been here.
I remember watching an interview with one of the active graffiti sprayers of the city ... He had a very interesting approach to graffiti, stating that it is something that shows the city lives and breathes. Saying: I am here. I am part of this place.
That said, a lot of graffiti is done for the sake of the thrill of rebellion ...
Going into lost buildings was to me also often about facing and overcoming my fears, besides exploring art and decay ... The words above translate to "have no fear". Simple, but something that will probably stay with me the rest of my life ...
Going up those wonky, wooden ladders was probably one of the scariest things I did on urban exploration ... the art on the left wall is quite fitting. The ladder lead to a roof were it is said that often teenagers chill there with a beer in the sun ... despite the holes in the roof.
This blog was more about the thrill when exploring lost buildings, but there is a whole another part to the story as well ... going into buildings, which are mostly untouched, wandering trough the halls and experiencing their history. I might write a blogpost on that later if you're curious.
That said, as interesting urban exploration can be, for the most parts it is dangerous and illegal.
I don't want to encourage you to try it out yourself. I stopped doing it myself for both of the reasons ... I'm not willing to take the risk anymore of dying in the process or getting imprisoned (where I live now, the lost buildings usually have an owner, I wouldn't touch that).
Still I want to share with you the stories that inspired me.
P.S.: While I explored lost buildings, I have not done graffiti so far ... although I did some simple streetart for other reasons ... it's very interesting to get a message across or simply brighten up someones day.