Welcome to UrbanDegeneration.com.
I created this site to showcase photos taken during my exploits in the world of Urban Exploration, which can be described as:
The examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites.
I have always had an inquisitive mind and I often found myself in places where I probably should not have been, when I was younger, I remember staying at my cousins house and going to a place called ‘the bomb site’, which was basically a site in-between its former life as some sort of factory and a new housing estate. There were plenty of signs informing me of how dangerous the site was, but it never felt that dangerous to me, in fact it seemed a lot more interesting than the local park or other such places we were supposed to hang out.
When I was at university, a friend of mine used to talk about how he used to go into old Warehouses in an around Manchester before they were turned into upmarket accommodation for people with too much money on their hands, but I never linked it to what I used to do as a kid.
It was only in March 2010 when I was looking into a place I remembered from my school days called St Joseph”s Seminary that I came across the term Urban Exploration and a link to one of the largest forums specializing in this area (28DaysLater) that I tied the two together and discovered that having an interest in abandoned buildings was not just an odd personal fascination, it was actually something enjoyed by many people across the world.
Why Document these sites?
For some reason, society today takes a lot less pride in the buildings they create, everything has to be done in the quickest period of time and for the smallest cost. No longer are grand stone buildings constructed to stand the test of time, we as a society are happier to build ‘glass-boxes’ which look like they will fall over in the slightest gust of wind.
Our grand buildings of the past 100-200 years are fast disappearing either to the property-developers machine or to the ‘arsonists’, all in the name of progress.
Without ‘Urban Explorers’ who are willing to risk life and limb to document these places, in 20-30 years time all that will remain will be the memories of people who grew up around these imposing buildings, but what happens when these people are no longer here?
Urban Exploration (or UrbEx as it is more commonly referred to) appeals to a varied collection of people who enjoy documenting different types of sites, some explorers are in there element when exploring the sewers and tunnels under our feet, whereas other explorers prefer to document quickly disappearing former mental health facilities and Asylums.
There are no rules set in stone, aside from the rather Cliched term of ‘Take Nothing But Photos, Leave Nothing But Footprints’, which when examined in greater depth seeks to advise people involved in this hobby that they should not take anything from a site, other than the memories (both mental and photographic) and should leave nothing permanent which may cause further unnatural damage to the site.
Canon EoS 1000d
Canon EoS 500 35mm
Canon 18-55 IS lens
Canon 50mm prime lens
Sigma 10-20 lens
Various Hoya filters