MEMORIES OF LOST PLACES
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A blog about the thrill of exploring lost places
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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Malintra-Shadowmoon's avatar
Malintra-Shadowmoon|Hobbyist General Artist
Your journal has been featured here: Pimps and Whoas - Feb. 5, 2016
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proteidaes|Professional Digital Artist
Lovely shots! Derelict buildings are so rich in character ... the post-apocalyptic living room is quite interesting!! : D
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P.S.: Love the new pages of Call of the Sentinel! You have to like the two monsters :D
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proteidaes|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! New pages coming soon!! 8D
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Rick-TinyWorlds's avatar
... derelict is such a nice, fitting word. Gotta remember that :D
Yes, they are very rich in character indeed! In the post-apocalyptic living room lay for example broken glass pieces on the floor reflecting the sunlight coming in trough the broken window on our faces, creating a wonderful play of light.
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proteidaes|Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, that's interesting!! I think I see some yellow glass in the photo you posted ... NEAT.
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Kirschpraline|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Das sind tolle Bilder und deine Erzählung macht neugierig auf mehr (: 
Erst vor kurzem habe ich mir mal die Seite marodes.de/urban-exploration-g… angeschaut,
-bei uns gibt es leider nichts spannendes in der Nähe, das leer steht - zumindest nicht, dass mir da was einfällt.
Aber Urban Exploring ist schon so etwas, was mich sehr interessieren würde, gerade weil ich auch gerne fotografiere.

Kann mir natürlich gut vorstellen, dass es in und um Lepizig herum einige coole Orte für so etwas gibt (:
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
Ja, hier ist auch eher tote Hose. Konnte es mir nicht verkneifen und bin heute losgezogen.
So richtig was geschlossenes findet man in Köln nicht, aber dafür ein paar zerstörte Industriebauten voller Tags und geklauter Einkaufswagen :D Und naja ... das Haus von einem Obdachlosen :(
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bergunty|Hobbyist General Artist
I love the first one! 
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
You can find this iconic tag of an abstract person all around the city. I quite like it.
Man, I really want to get back to that place now and sit on the couch :D
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InsanelyCute|Hobbyist Writer
This is fascinating indeed. I need to go on photosafari as soon as my camera works again! Love 
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
Be safe and have fun (:
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InsanelyCute|Hobbyist Writer
I will! Thank you so much, Rick!
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SnowInHades|Hobbyist General Artist
It's a fascinating subject; I love seeing this kind of thing. I really enjoy photos / films taken by people who go into old abandoned places for ghost hunting reasons. I also love the ruination of old mansions. My favourite old mansion is Berkyn Manor. Such a beautiful place, full of beautiful things that are sadly deteriorating.

I'd love to see more as well :D
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
Aaah, but when things decay they show a whole other side of their character! :D
From the images I saw, the Berkyn Manor has a bit of a Harry Potter Vibe to it. ... Also a bit of DDR/East Germany, but I bet that won't say you much :D
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SnowInHades|Hobbyist General Artist
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That's very true, decay shows a whole different side. Hmm.. I'd never thought of Berkyn Manor that way. I guess I'm sad at what were such beautiful and loved things are returning to the earth. The library is so awesome and so much time went into creating it - from the design process to the collecting of items. There is beauty and sadness.
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D3PRO|Hobbyist Photographer
Sowas ist echt cool :D
Leider haben wir hier sowas nicht wirklich ^^'
Was ist denn deine Heimatstadt?
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
Ich habe lange in Leipzig gelebt :)
Schöne Stadt mit ihren Ecken und Kanten ... unter anderen auch sehr viel Leerstand.
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D3PRO|Hobbyist Photographer
Ja, okay Leipzig is eh echt cool xD
Komme aus der Nähe von Braunschweig... hier steht etwas ja 2 Wochen leer, und wird sofort abgerissen um da was neues drauf zu bauen. xD
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Rick-TinyWorlds|Student Photographer
XD
Leipzig wird richtig gehypt ... ;P
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Malintra-Shadowmoon|Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting ... abandonned houses, ghost towns etc.
Remembers me of ghost hunting a bit. There are many haunted places in Germany as well, former mental homes, villas built on battle fields, mostly territories where bad and/or painful things happened or unsolved murders.

But there are also simple ghost villages like in Odenwald, Gambach, which was abandonned in 1836 when an ice age happened because of Krakatoa outbreak. The crop and harvest was lost and people fled somewhere else to survive. Still nice buildings and ruins there. I like them :)

Great article ... and yes, of course, you can write something more about it :)
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Rick-TinyWorlds's avatar
I never really got into ghost hunting ... I would love to hear more :)
Wait what, a German village was abadoned because a vulcano erupted in Indonesia?? :O
Hm, 1836 an interesting age as well! Is there still more left to the village than the walls? Would be interesting to see some of the remains of the people who lived there..
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Malintra-Shadowmoon|Hobbyist General Artist
So, now you have two in one: ghost hunting in that so-called ghost village and what you can visit:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=umi-TN…
(P.S.: It is in German language) :)

But they did not talk about the house of the executioner where I have felt a strong presence when being there. I have shot a photo from it and have it in my gallery.
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