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  1. Colonia IL / Mono Orphanage History The orphanage was built on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Sadly there doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there regarding this location. From what I've gathered it originally served as an orphanage and at some point in time, it was also used as a summer camp. Despite being closed during the 1970's, it has remained in pretty good condition with minimal graffiti and vandalism. Visit Visited again with @darbians and @vampiricsquid. Unfortunately when we visited the beds had been removed but lucky there was still a lot left to photograph. The chapel was absolutely stunning and it was nice to see that some furniture, including the desks from the classrooms were still there. All in all an excellent location to finish off our Italian adventure.
  2. Villa Scorpio History Unfortunately I couldn't find a great deal of history surrounding this location but from what I have gathered it was built at some point during the late 19th century. The former occupier owned a large cement factory in the same town. I would imagine the family were quite well off, as it was very grand and exquisite building. The design of the villa shared various similarities with the Art Nouveau style of architecture. Featuring a stunning staircase, a beautiful skylight and an decorative greenhouse. Our visit Visited with @darbians and @vampiricsquid on our tour of Italy last summer. As soon as we arrived outside, we knew it was going to be a good explore. Hope you enjoy my photos! Externals Internals
  3. Hi fellow urban explorers! I'm currently studying Tourism management on the University of applied sciences Inholland in Amsterdam. For my thesis I am doing a research about the motivations of urban exploring and if urban exploring can be linked to the concept of dark tourism. In order to know what the motivations of Urban explorers are I have made a questionnaire and have to get 380 responses. So far it is not going great and barely get people to fill in the questionnaire. So i'm asking you guys if you could fill in the questionnaire for me. The questionnaire itself takes not more than 5 minutes, and I'd really appreciate and be very thankful if you would take a moment and fill it in!( the questionnaire is 100% anonymous and the answers will only be used for my thesis) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6M5wbRZiieix7VeWyrcdfvkX1L-3aM2nUGTqdsZe7ndsIPA/viewform?hl=eng
  4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. A former ballhaus somewhere in the eastern of Germany. At the moment they are renovating the building and for a small amount of money you can get acces for taking photographs.
  5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Little house somewhere in Belgium. Seems there lived an 103 year old lady and after a fire on the upper floor she left the house. Her son still comes there every week to feed the cat.
  6. New to This

    So, I've been doing a lot of research on Urban Exploration and love what I've learned. I've scoped a few locations in my area, but I feel like it would be dangerous to go alone. And not just everyone or anyone is up for going. Does anyone know how to find other people who do this in my area? (Atlanta, GA) Thanks!
  7. USA Abandoned Pioneer Town

    Hey All, I recently took a trip to the middle of the California desert to see an old abandoned movie set. While I was there I shot a video of the things that transpired. Be sure to check it out. A link with more information on the site is in the description of the video. I hope you enjoy, Anthony
  8. Our first attempt to enter this beautiful house went so bad that were spotted by a guy who lives in another house of the estate... the guy was wearing a cyclist outfit on lycra so the house started to be called by my "gang" as "The Lycra House". Obviously that, two weeks latter we retourn at 6:00 a.m. and spend more than an hour in pitch black waiting for the first rays. The morning was cloudy, the light a beautifull shit, the clock was tiking and we only had one hour to "work" untill our dear good cyclist returns (we calculated that that fashion victim wolub be out of bed very soon on a sunday). Result; bad light, few pictures, will to return on Spring. The third visit is always the best... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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  13. Belgium Abandoned Hospital 2015

    Want to see more? Like my FB page Colourbex and stay updated https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourbex/834327016579594?fref=ts
  14. Decided to combine urbex with a little touch of fantasy.. Hate it or love it?
  15. Small location with a lot of decay and a nice surprise in the basement , some old vaults ... I liked this location , because I did not expect to find the vaults there ... The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr The Bank Job by Vancolen Photography, on Flickr
  16. It doesnt get any sadder than this im afraid. More here. http://www.theage.com.au/queensland/i-did-not-want-to-drown-and-die-in-a-storm-drain-urban-explorers-prophetic-words-20150323-1m5tn5.html RIP
  17. On day 2 of the german trip we started with this location I was impressed to see such a huge building with plenty to see. my expectations weren't that big but i was wrong,after 3 hours we were ready. Some pics of this location: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
  18. While we were on a trip trough germany we visited this location A huge building with enough to see but also big parts of trashing #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
  19. Ce bâtiment est abandonné depuis au moins 10 ans et c'est un hippodrome. Hésitez pas a liker ma page Urban Stalker
  20. Un château en France follow me - https://www.facebook.com/us.explo
  21. Urban Stalker

    Bonjour ! Désolé je suis Français ... Voici ma page Urban Stalker Hésitez pas a liker et nous suivre sur la page ;-)
  22. ​ : Can you tell us a little about yourself regarding where it all started for you ? Gerv: I was born and bred in New England, United States. I grew up exploring my urban surroundings, documenting the graffiti art scene with disposable cameras as far back as 1993. I was an avid skateboarder from the age of 10 to the age of 25. Thrashing the streets of Portland and Boston was what I lived for, for what seemed like a lifetime. I am three years sober, recovered alcoholic and have been struck by four auto mobiles in my lifetime, along with one other major head trauma. Some may call that bad luck, but I feel darn lucky to still be standing here today. I made the leap into digital photography around April of 2010, during my recovery from getting assaulted in Boston back in 2008. I suffered a traumatic head injury from the ass kicking and still deal with Post-Concussion Syndrome everyday. I have been battling tension headaches, fatigue and visual difficulties among many other health related issues for over three years now. I explore and take photographs not only for the creative outlet, but also as a means of healing and recovery from my injuries. I guess you could say that exploring and art in general have been my motivation for a full recovery;healing through creative processing and expression. Oh yeah, did I mention, I like Drains. :Which came first for you exploring, photography or some where in the Middle? Gerv: Exploring came first and is always first, even to this day. I was what you call a point and shooter for most of my life. Strictly taken photos to document and not for any creative or artistic outlet. To me photography is only one part of the many trades I try and master as an explorer. I also focus on writing reports, researching historical information, producing UE magazine and of course the art of infiltration to name a few. As I stated above,2010 was when I started taking photography more serious and teaching myself the art of digital and film. :What's in your camera bag? Gerv: Well my tripod is covered in human waste and raw sewerage, as I am to busy to clean it off from my last explore. My current attached lens, the Tokina 11-16mm is jammed full of dirt from falling down an embankment well on the run, but that’s just part of the trade. Gear comes and go's. Each time I head out,I set up my bag for that particular explore. So my camera bag is never the same, except for some wet naps in case I need to take a shit, or clean some shit. Oh yeah and a few torches. : Do you have a favourite picture Gerv and could you tell us how you achieved it? Gerv: I don't really have a favourite picture. But I almost died just after taking this image. I was in a tidal CSO and I fell into a shaft filled will sludge like mud. It was more like quicksand, I started to sink fast. The more I tried to get out the quicker I sank. I used my tripod to pull myself out. It was scary as hell because I was all alone and if I didn't free myself in less than 2 hours I would have drowned as the high tide rolled back in. Word of advice, never drain alone. The above photo is a self-portrait, captured with a Nikon D5000 and a basic kit 18-55mm lens. The camera was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod "that saved my life" I used a wireless remote to fire off the long exposure and tried my best to stand still for the duration of the exposure. The photograph was shot in RAW format "always shoot RAW" and processed in ViewNX. Here's a cell phone photo of my mud covered camera and tripod after freeing myself from that death drain. Camera still works! In fact I went on to explore a second drain that day. You can read my full report on my site here. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgervs.com%2Findex.php%2Fblog%2Fitem%2F49-death-drain&h=BAQFOE0HW : How did UE MAGAZINE come into being and what are you hopes, dreams and intentions for It.? Gerv: UE mag was founded by me in 2011, but we did not start printing magazines until 2012. I have always been a big fan of print. I've enjoyed printing my own photographs as far back as 1993. With my roots coming from a graffiti background, I also enjoy many underground zines and books of that nature and I found it strange that there was no magazine still around documenting the UE movement in 2011. With all the great explorers and photographers from all corners of the world it just seemed silly to me that no one was producing a publication to showcase explorers in print and to document our culture. Thus I founded UE magazine! Making this magazine has been an adventure in itself. Everyday I work hard with a few others from my staff and the support of our contributors to push this zine forward. It's no easy task, but I feel strongly about documenting our subculture. UE mag is available in print and ships all over the world, right to your doorstep. It's also available in digital format and you can download it right to your PC or iPad. I hope more explorers help support the zine by ordering printed copies and by submitting some reports and photographs for our future issues. We are currently working on issue #5 and are open for submissions. Please email us at submit@uemag.com : What would you like to say to the world? Gerv: I would like to say so much, but for the sake of keeping this explorer related, I will say the following; Thanks to everyone that supports the mag in anyway possible, the ones that ordered a printed issue and the ones that contributed some articles. The real supporters, not the people that hit the Facebook "LIKE" button and think that’s support haha. A special thanks to the men and woman that help me put the zine together. With out my staffs hard work and donated time, this mag would be dead. On a side note, don't let others get you down, follow your heart and intuition and as Ninjalicious once said " This hobby consists of a lot more than just poking about in abandoned buildings and storm drains and hanging around out on web boards trying to impress people. Being an urban explorer is a whole way of looking at the world, where every ladder, door, window, grate and hole in the ground is a possible portal to adventure." Thanks to Nicholas Gervin ( Gerv) for taking the time & sharing a glimpse into his life and world. http://gervs.com http://www.magcloud.com/user/uemag
  23. The next generation of urban explorer? May 2013

    Been asked to post this by my ten year old daughter…she’s a fan of this site and the crazy antics us exploring folk get up to! She thinks “Ninja Kitten†has the best name ! sorry guys ! They are doing World War II at school this term and she wanted to do a “then and now†of sites around Dover..well it’s not difficult finding stuff round these parts ! There is a famous pic here of Lydden Spout (2nd pic down) http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/l/lydden_spout_battery/index.shtml and she wanted to try and replicate the pic.. Being above ground was not good enough and insisted that we head underground to get some shots for her project. She’s now asked for a DSLR and tripod for her birthday as apparently the compact point and shoot just is not good enough…kids ! (Mods..if you don’t think this is in keeping with the site then please feel free to delete) Inside the bunker looking out.. Looking out for those pesky invaders ! I can see Germans ! Going underground ! Tunnel to the bomb store.. The bomb store.. Magazine room
  24. Thanks to Mr. Nelly for the invite. I've been a keen explorer since my pal & I accidentally stumbled upon a cool site in 1985, since then I've always had an urge to visit derelict buildings etc. and find the story of the place. I still have a historical site on video & crap photos up my sleeve since 1997 that may be getting an airing soon.. If I feel like it. Anyway, I'm a NP member from another forum, looking forward to viewing & contributing to explores on this site. So wishing to say hello. So, Hello.
  25. Filmed and edited by Troglodyte UE