An urbexer takes pictures in an abandoned building.
An urbexer takes pictures in an abandoned building. Photo Felix Renaud

Discovering lost urban worlds

LET'S go draining, urbexers. What and what, I hear you ask?

Well, on my travels through the internet, I have uncovered a genre of photography called urban exploration - or urbexing for short.

It involves exploring and photographing abandoned buildings and, depending on your level of bravado, can range from exterior shots to climbing inside structures such as abandoned city drains, caves, buildings or tunnels.

Some of the images that come out of these explorations are nothing short of stunning.

For texture, light, sculptural forms and a sense of mystery, you can't beat an abandoned and decaying building as a photographic subject.

There are blogs, websites and Facebook pages galore documenting urbexers' discoveries.

I would suggest looking at Abandoned Places Australia on Facebook for a range of examples and for some practical tips.

As much as I love photography and a peek into history and stories of old, you won't find this Seeker of the Lost Arts donning a head torch and getting mucky in an underground sewer any time soon.

But I am considering exploring an abandoned space closer to home - my garage.

It's definitely in a state of urban decay and requires safety gear to explore, but who knows what valuable relics I may find inside?

I will take my camera with me, too.

A few snapshots for eBay and I may have found a way to fund my new hobby.

Megan Kinninment blogs on the offbeat (and urbexing) at