What is Urbex?

Short for "Urban Exploration," this term is all the rage right now, with gallery after gallery dedicated to it on Instagram. Wikipedia says: "Urban exploration (often shortened as UE, urbex and sometimes known as roof-and-tunnel hacking) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not always the case. Urban exploration may also be referred to as draining (a specific form of urban exploration where storm drains or sewers are explored), urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking.

The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and, if done illegally and/or without permission, the possibility of arrest and punishment. Some activities associated with urban exploration violate local or regional laws and certain broadly interpreted anti-terrorism laws, or can be considered trespassing or invasion of privacy." 

Although I don't plan on doing anything illegal (such as trespassing) or putting myself in danger, this type of photography has always interested me. Idaho, (and especially the area in which I live) is a gold mine for abandoned structures, old cars and vintage farming equipment (you may remember my photos of the abandoned Franklin County Sugar Factory in Preston). I plan on taking more photos of stuff this year that would fall into the "Urbex" category. If you are interested in following my journey, keep checking back with my gallery on this site, or follow me on Instagram.

For now, check out the "Spring Misc" gallery, where I have uploaded some photos of vintage farm equipment and an abandoned grain elevator.


18 May 2019


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