As an urban explorer I abide to the "take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints" principle. The photos in this gallery show how I discovered the place and I left it as I encountered it. For me, Urban Exploration is about documenting decay, the power of nature and transience. 
The photos here are just a small selection of lost places I've photographed all over the world. From the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to an abandoned immigration hospital in New York. Enjoy.
Upstairs | Austria
Upstairs | Austria
Some insights in a lost place somewhere in Austria.  Looks like a former factory or something like that
Some insights in a lost place somewhere in Austria. Looks like a former factory or something like that
That’s what I love about lost places: How nature takes back those places. Allegedly, this building has been abandoned roughly 100 years ago.
That’s what I love about lost places: How nature takes back those places. Allegedly, this building has been abandoned roughly 100 years ago.
Looks like there’s no way to get to the other side of the room ...
Looks like there’s no way to get to the other side of the room ...
Have you seen the horror movie „Heilstätten“? If so, you saw this goods elevator quite a few times.
Have you seen the horror movie „Heilstätten“? If so, you saw this goods elevator quite a few times.
Decay can be so beautiful.
Decay can be so beautiful.
One of the things you don't expect or want to find in an abandoned place.
One of the things you don't expect or want to find in an abandoned place.
This is how a film set looks like. The hallway from which I took the photo was restored for the film „A cure for wellness“. All the rooms behind the closed door are decayed.
This is how a film set looks like. The hallway from which I took the photo was restored for the film „A cure for wellness“. All the rooms behind the closed door are decayed.
I guess this is how a roof that could collapse any minute now.
I guess this is how a roof that could collapse any minute now.
The Gate | Bratislava, Slovakia
The Gate | Bratislava, Slovakia
I really don’t know what this building was used for. Maybe an administration building?
I really don’t know what this building was used for. Maybe an administration building?
First time in an abandoned place that was abandoned only 15 years ago. Things still look pretty decent here.
First time in an abandoned place that was abandoned only 15 years ago. Things still look pretty decent here.
Abandoned Church | Leipzig, Germany
Abandoned Church | Leipzig, Germany
Rusty Door | Ellis Island, USA
Rusty Door | Ellis Island, USA
Another "if only those bricks could talk" place. The remains of an almost 200 year old tower that was part of a fortification to protect the city of Linz
Another "if only those bricks could talk" place. The remains of an almost 200 year old tower that was part of a fortification to protect the city of Linz
I was lucky to find a total of 1.51 of the abandoned houses in the woods near Helsinki, Finnland. I call this one the 0.5 house.
I was lucky to find a total of 1.51 of the abandoned houses in the woods near Helsinki, Finnland. I call this one the 0.5 house.
Simplistic. True. But doesn't this abandoned place look more like a sleeping beauty?
Simplistic. True. But doesn't this abandoned place look more like a sleeping beauty?
These Boots | Wünsdorf, Germany
These Boots | Wünsdorf, Germany
The End | Beelitz, Germany
The End | Beelitz, Germany
The Bank | Rhyolite, USA
The Bank | Rhyolite, USA
Eternal Parking | Rhyolite, USA
Eternal Parking | Rhyolite, USA
Bodie is a fascinating ghost town in California. It has been preserved in arrested decay since the 1940s. Allegedly, this was a former hotel
Bodie is a fascinating ghost town in California. It has been preserved in arrested decay since the 1940s. Allegedly, this was a former hotel
An hour from Berlin is Beelitz. A small town with a huge area of abandoned Sanatoriums that were originally used to treat lung diseases. During the two world wars, wounded were treated here and the buildings were abandoned shortly after World War II
An hour from Berlin is Beelitz. A small town with a huge area of abandoned Sanatoriums that were originally used to treat lung diseases. During the two world wars, wounded were treated here and the buildings were abandoned shortly after World War II
The fascination of lost places
There are a number of reasons why I'm so fascinated by lost places; but certainly the most important reason for me is the beauty of decay and to see how fast nature takes back what mankind has built. 
Second, exploring the post apocalyptic beauty of a lost place is like a trip back in time that makes me wonder what those bricks may have seen and heard. If they could tell their stories, I'd probably sit down and listen to them for hours.
I've uploaded many more photos of lost places to my flickr photo stream and every now and then I share my latest discoveries on Instagram and on my Facebook Page.
And if you're curious, head over to the lost places section of my blog and discover many abandoned places that you can visit, too and learn how I take photos in bad light conditions with iPhone.
Chernobyl Exlusion Zone - 30 year later
Almost 30 years to the day after the Chernobyl disaster I had the chance to spend a day inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone exploring the abandoned villages and lost places of Zalyssia, Chernobyl and Pripyat.
A few blogs & magazines even wrote about the iPhone photos that I took inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone like the Moment Blogdiyphotography.netMobiography Magazine and digiphotopro.nl
Castle Höhenbergen, Carinthia, Austria
Accidentally I discovered this lost place during a trip in Carinthia, Austria, back in 2011, when I still used a DSLR. You can read about that discovery in my blog. Because of this discovery, I began to research legally accessible lost places all over Europe (and the U.S.). Read my blog to see which lost places I discovered or head over to my flickr photostream for just the pics.
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