If you don't know what it is, urban exploring is basically just exploring abandoned structures, drains, and mines. Sanitariums, hospitals, schools, drains, and industrial plants are the most often explored, but everything from houses to unused nuclear plants make the list. Most of the people that do it would also consider themselves amateur photographers.You would be amazed at the beauty a crusty old dilapidated place can create. Unfortunately though, kids and hooligans kind of ruin it a lot of the time with graffiti, breaking things, and theft.
I was going through some pictures on uer.ca and noticed a decent amount of pictures of people's bikes that they had ridden to their exploration, so I figured I'd ask you guys if you've ever done it. I wish I could do it more often, but there's not too much around me that wouldn't run the very real risk of getting a trespassing charge. The only notable place I've been is Manteno State Hospital, and unfortunately there is only one building left unused. Creepy place.
Right now I'm in contact with a few developers in my area and I really hope they'll give me permission to photograph the interiors of a long abandoned hospital near me and a closed masonic temple.
Here's a link to the photography section of the urban exploring site I frequent. I've spent literally the majority of the past 3 days or so just looking at pictures, and I'm less than 20 pages in. Amazing stuff here. http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthreads.asp?fid=1&catid=103
Also check out the movie "urban explorers:into the darkness," if this sort of thing interests you. Unfortunately it was just taken off netflix.
So anyone else do this sort of thing? Stories? Pictures? Suggestions?