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.
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.
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.