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    Default Experienced Urbexers wanted


    Hey Guys, wasn''t sure if this was the best place to put this, but basically Iím a third year university student studying photography in London, and for my dissertation I am writing about urban exploration and how it has evolved and changed the genre of spatial photography (in a good way obviously!). I was just wondering if any experienced urbexers would be interested in being a part of my dissertation? It wouldnít be much, just answering a couple of questions that I can then use to reference in my paper. If this sounds like something youíd be interested in, or you have any further questions then please donít hesistate to email me back. Also if you wish to contribute but remain anonymous that is fine as well.



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    We're happy to contribute so long as we are:

    1. Not named.
    2. Not asked for location info.
    3. None of our pix are used which show our faces.
    4. Any of our pix which are used are recognised as copyright to the authors.

    Hope that helps. Happy disserting!
    Veni, Vidi suum custos canis admorsus meus culus...

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    I need to start charging people to do this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeJF View Post
    We're happy to contribute so long as we are:

    1. Not named.
    2. Not asked for location info.
    3. None of our pix are used which show our faces.
    4. Any of our pix which are used are recognised as copyright to the authors.

    Hope that helps. Happy disserting!
    Yep, same criteria for me!
    There was someone called "cherrybombshell" who done the same not too long ago. I think her thread is still on Page 2 of this forum.
    A few members on here have websites with FAQs as we get asked things a lot
    Good luck!
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    TeeJF & UrbanX I filled this one in you guys will be fine she is happy for you to stay anon and location-less

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    Quote Originally Posted by Priority 7 View Post
    she is happy for you to stay anon
    You can't beat being an anon, it's so rewarding and satisfying... *sighs
    Veni, Vidi suum custos canis admorsus meus culus...

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    Indeed far better than being a knob lol

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    Smile Yeah!


    You can count me in, more than happy to help you with your dissertation as long as the same rules that TeeJF has laid down apply to me to

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    Here you go guys, this is the one I filled in yesterday for Sophie, now don't be shy


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    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?



    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?



    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?



    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?

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    Name or Alias: Krela
    Location: Bristol

    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?

    Always been doing it since I was a kid, first started under the name 'urbex' in 2003 if I remember correctly.

    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?

    Yes, it has increased massively since 2003, largely when the petrolhead forums found out about it and decided to join en masse in 2005 then google probably has a lot to do with it since then too. Growth tends to be organic on the internet, so the more people do it, the more people will do it.

    Attitude hasn't changed much, different people do different things for different reasons, and you get a wide spectrum whatever subject or hobby you're talking about.

    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?

    Pyestock, CWM Cokeworks and Bridgewater Cellophane, all equally good before they all got trashed by pikeys around 2007/8. Heavy industry tends to be dangerous, common sense helps.

    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?

    I am both, together and independently of each other.

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    Name or Alias: tattooed
    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?

    I starting exploring several years ago, even as a young lad I loved to look inside derelict buildings. I think I was seven when my friends and I went inside the cooling tower at a power station, it was awesome! My first urbex I suppose?

    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?

    Yes, in my opinion, urbexing has become more popular recently partly due to the many websites where urbexers post their images. I think many people have found the alternative hobby can become very addictive.

    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?

    My favourite of all is Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine, to me, the 'holy grail' of urbex locations! I have been caught by the police and security guards and nearly fallen through rotten floor boards and big holes. But, it is all worth if for the experience of being there and to capture the perfect image that captures the atmosphere of the location.

    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?

    Generally, I am both as I love to explore and take photos to document the location but I am primeraly a photographer on a daily basis at work.

    Please feel free to use my images for your dissertaion ONLY, but they must NOT be edited, altered or redistributed in any other way or by any other person.

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    Name or Alias: Paul Powers - PaulP
    Location: Derbyshire

    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?

    I started exploring at about 12 but I didn't get a camera to document my explores until 18 years later

    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?

    Yeah, every one now seems to be cashing in but the fact is the weekenders wont go to some of the places I go so it doesn't effect me.

    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?

    I can't say my fav place as it shouldn't be mentioned in public but I will say it was in a mine looking down in to very deep water stood on a very dangerous bridge and knowing if the 20 foot fall didn't kill me I would drown if I fell.

    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?

    I'm an explorer with a camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I need to start charging people to do this...
    See, thatís why Krelaís the boss, good business acumen.

    Iíd be glad to help but Iíve only been doing it for sixty years or so, so not experienced enough, Good Luck.
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    Name or Alias: Steely
    Location: Birmingham

    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?
    I started urban exploring only 3 years ago and it was because of websites such as this one.

    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?
    I think urbex has become very popular in the last year with more and more people joining the family. Im not sure that in my 3 years of urbex Ive seen any major changes that are worth writing down.

    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?
    My favourite explore has got to of been the Hoarders House with its cars and time warp house. Could of been a museum.
    I think I've been quite lucky so far as I haven't yet experienced any real dangers whilst out exploring .

    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?
    I would say I'm a photographer that explores as I don't just photograph derelicts.

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    Name or Alias: mookster
    Location: Oxford

    1.When did you start exploring and what triggered the urbex 'virus' for you?
    Lurker on the forums for a few years looking at the amazing places before finally getting out there with a friend of mine in June 2009, haven't looked back since. I was always interested in derelict and abandoned places since I was a young kid as there were various houses nearby that were abandoned although I never got a chance to look inside them.


    2. have you seen any big changes in the urbex scene. In terms of attitude towards/or a massive increase in popularity of urban exploring?
    The internet has made many more people aware of this but mostly this interest is transient, people looking for film locations and journalists after a story etc etc. Biggest change of the scene in the last few years has to be the demise of many of the asylums that were explorable up until a couple of years back, now there are little more than a handful left.


    3.Where has been your favourite place to explore, and have you been faced with any particularly dangerous or risky experiences?
    It's such a hard job to pick out a favourite as I've seen so many cool things but you'll probably see the name Pyestock crop up an awful lot, it is a truly stunning place and it still occupies the top spot on my list. However West Park during 'tourist season' and Hellingly Asylums were both awesome, now demolished. Industrial explores in general are my main attraction though as there is so much variety. Riskiest/most dangerous...for me the climb up the tower at Denbigh Asylum in North Wales, anyone who has attempted it knows just how dangerous it is! Encountered off-lead guard dogs inside a girls school in Haslemere (ran away bloody fast), narrowly avoided impaling my thigh on a deliberately sharpened metal pole whilst stopping myself falling ten feet onto concrete and broken glass climbing into the hospital boiler house at RAF Upper Heyford (left with a pretty hefty bruise)


    4.Do you think of yourself as a photographer who explorers or as an explorer who takes pictures?
    A bit of both, the first time I go somewhere proper full-on photographer mode is engaged usually but if I return with someone else I will soak up the atmosphere of a place, have a proper poke around in nooks and crannies for things I have missed....or if I'm on my own as well I'll have a good chill, take a few shots at my own pace and suchlike.
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