Urban exploration (often shortened as Urbex) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property, this is not always the case. I however never break and enter into a building, I try to find an alternative way in, usually a hole in the fence, wall etc.
Venturing into abandoned structures are perhaps the most common example of urban exploration. At times, sites are entered first by locals and may suffer from large amounts of graffiti and other acts of vandalism, while other locations may be better preserved. Although targets of exploration vary from one country to another, high-profile abandonments include amusement parks, factories, power plants, fallout shelters, hospitals, asylums, schools, poor houses, mortuaries and sanatoriums.
My photography is heavily Urbex-based, it’s a fun hobby to have.