Trying to trump the likes of Google and Bing in the search arena might appear futile, but when it comes to niche market search engines, Urbexation is a prime example. This clever tool is dedicated to digging up information associated with the subversive interest of urban exploration, and users can currently search over 250 urbex websites. The results are delivered by Google, so are sure to be accurate.
Urban exploration – also known as urbex, spelunking, building infiltration and occasionally urban caving – involves entering old or abandoned buildings and places that are often off-limits to the public. By doing so, urban explorers take certain risks, both in terms of safety and legality, but generally respect the abandoned places they infiltrate and live by the mantra: “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”.
Many urban explorers are also keen photographers bent on documenting urban decay in beautifully haunting images. Popular venues include abandoned insane asylums, theatres and cinemas, missile silos, ship, plane and train graveyards, abandoned mansions, subways and underground railways, industrial buildings and a plethora of other abandoned places.