Urbex, Urban Art & More
Of all the derelict places littering the urban (and rural) landscape, industrial complexes are among the most prevalent. Shutting shop for myriad reasons, from changing economies to advances in technology, abandoned industrial buildings often hide fascinating histories and notable architecture, as seen on this visual journey through the South Fremantle Power Station.
Despite being places of healing and treatment, grim reality saw to it that many who came under the care of historic hospitals and insane asylums never saw the outside world again. Check out these chilling destinations in some online urban exploring.
Like theatres, cinemas and railway stations, historic swimming baths are important examples of civic architecture, illuminating a past epoch and the daily lives of its participants. But very few remain, and those that do are often abandoned. Moseley Road Baths is an exception, although the Gala Pool lies empty and the future remains uncertain.
Even top secret aircraft, known as black projects, require something as seemingly mundane as a patent. This one from the late 1970s is interesting. It looks like a classic “flying wing” design, albeit for a much smaller aircraft than the B2 Stealth Bomber. Hearsay suggests such a plane might actually be flying. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Our oceans abound with myth and legend, some of them mainstream and others obscure. But if there is one thing that can be said with any certainty, it is that mariners throughout the ages have been highly superstitious, and often very religious, types. Here we take a look at a selection of fisherman’s chapels where mariners would pray before venturing out on the ocean waves.
Streetcar lines were a common sight in America’s towns from the late 1900s, and by the early twentieth century the golden age of rail travel was upon us. But many routes have now been dismantled, lost in the long grass that has replaced their tracks. Today, the discerning explorer may still find a surprising amount of evidence of their existence.
Iraq’s military bases are littered with plane and tank carcasses destroyed when Saddam’s regime came crashing down. But the evidence is hidden away from the public gaze.
The many ghost towns dotted about the United States are silent reminders of the country’s (often lawless) past. Adventurers came from far and wide to seek their fortunes on the frontiers, building numerous communities around mines and railroads that declined as their raw materials were often rapidly depleted.
Washington, DC is a repository of history which tells the story of a young country’s ascent to the world stage. The city boasts a plethora of world-class museums and galleries, but sometimes it’s the hidden gems that are most intriguing to the explorer, providing great locations to “surbex” – enter Matildaville!
The web is awash with articles claiming to be the “most impressive” or the “top ten (something) of all time”, and any claim is clearly subjective. But it’s just possible that these three bookshops could be among the finest in thw world.
The North Pacific Ocean is littered with abandoned airfields and other military installations. Many sit atop tiny atolls and despite being shortlived, played a critical role in history. Today, most of the infrastructure has gone, but the runways and dispersals stand as a silent reminder to the battles that once raged there.
Fans of the great outdoors love getting out and about around nature, but the ubiquitous storm clouds swirling around mountain tops can be off-putting to the less hardcore hiker. Here are some fantastic outdoor scenes photographed in HDR which, as you can see in the article, spices up the urban landscape too.
On the outside, the Glenroyal Cinema in northern England looks like a typical abandoned Art Deco picture house. But inside, above a false ceiling, the treasures of its cinema heyday hide in the shadows.
Historic places are often pulverized by the wrecking ball to make way for modern redevelopment. Not so with New York City’s historic High Line railroad on Manhattan’s West Side.
There are numerous isolated military bases around the world, but few as remote as Johnston Atoll. Located in the central Pacific and comprising little more than a vast runway, it’s not hard to imagine what sort of “under the radar” pursuits went on here over the years.