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Architectural snappers go underground

Meet the people who visit, often very illegally, deserted, uninhabited buildings, from asylums to industrial ruins.

Architects go round taking photos of architecture. It’s a specialist, er, snapshot of what many thousands of people do each weekend in visiting and photographing old buildings, churches, gardens, villages. What you may not know about is the community of people who visit, often very illegally, deserted, uninhabited buildings which range from asylums through old MoD sites to industrial ruins.

They perform a specialist kind of clandestine industrial archaeology with delicious hints of the Situationists’ derive and a commonality of secretiveness with that French guerilla restoration lot, the Untergunther. It all goes under the general name of urbexing (urban exploration, hmmm) and there are a number of sites devoted to urbexing, including 28dayslater, pretty vacant,and guerrilla photography recording and arranging visits and generally chatting about where urbexers recently, have illegally been. Naturally I’m not suggesting you engage in anything dodgy but maybe, after the twentieth Cotswold church and local history museum ….

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