Urbex, Urban Art & More
Despite optimistic attempts to revive Iraq’s tourist fortunes over the last year amid ongoing violence, the country remains off-limits to casual visitors. But if that ever changes, here are some ancient sites to explore from the Cradle of Civilization.
Today, August 20th, is the one year anniversary of Urban Ghosts Media! I’d like to thank everyone who has helped grow this small hobby blog into a publication serving between 1,000 – 2,000 readers each day, and growing. To celebrate, here are 10 of the most popular articles of the last 12 months.
The A-12 Avenger II was designed as a stealth attack aircraft for the U.S. Navy, but only two mock-ups were ever built. But what became of them? Those intrepid online urban explorers at Virtual Globetrotting have partially answered this question.
The Interplanetary Transport Network sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it is actually real, and has already been used. The ITN is a collection of pathways through the solar system, governed by gravity and predicted by chaos theory, that require little energy for an object to traverse them.
Hiding at the bottom of a hill adjacent to the Northumberland coast is the tiny fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea. Little more than a collection of 18th century cottages and farm buildings, the beach is protected by the National Trust and is popular year round with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Belfast is famous for many reasons, not least its murals brought about by The Troubles that gripped Northern Ireland from the late 1960s until the “Good Friday” Agreement of 1998. But less well known is an intriguing network of streets in the inner-south of Belfast known as the Holy Land.
The jury has long been out on what does or does not constitute modern art, but the sheer wow factor of two combat tested warplanes filling the galleries of the Tate Britain is certain to silence even the most hardened critic – if only for a few moment.
Subways reduce the number of commuters congesting city streets and tackle the environmental impact of countless car exhausts. So it’s a strange sight indeed to find an entire subway system abandoned, and a city with no real idea of what to do with it. Welcome to Rochester, New York!
What ever would Maverick say about this? An F-14 Tomcat like the one he flew in Top Gun making its final journey – by road! Once it was roaring off aircraft carriers and thundering through the valleys of the Nevada Test Range. Now it’s holding up traffic, no longer feeling “the need for speed”.
There’s a reason Sheffield brought you the Full Monty, and there’s more to it than a unique blend of Yorkshire humour and good-natured dourness. The fact is that Sheffield, despite all its good points, is extremely run down, with abandoned steel works, factories and other buildings blighting the cityscape.
It’s tempting to associate ghost towns and abandoned cities with America’s Old West or the wild expanses of former Soviet Russia. But such places exist on every continent including Europe, which boasts a diverse range of impressive and tragic abandonments.
Few black projects – especially recent ones – can be seen on public display in museums, or at least museums that are open to the public! The Bird of Prey, developed in the 1990s by McDonnell Douglas and Boeing to test stealth technology, is one of the rare exceptions.
While fascinating and mysterious, abandoned places and objects are not usually known for their joyful appearance or radiant colours. But apply HDR photography techniques and suddenly the reinvigorated colours and contrasts are enough to bring even the most dreary building or wrecked vehicle back to life.
Ghost towns and abandoned cities are strange and alluring places, often reflecting some great upheaval that led to their demise. Asia is no stranger to urban abandonments, from antiquated to modern, deserted due to natural disaster or simply a lack of purpose.
It isn’t unusual to find man-made debris littering lake beds, like rusting supermarket trolleys and even old cars, but occasionally even a vintage aircraft is discovered in the depths.