‘Urban explorers’ indulge a fascination for abandoned buildings

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I love photographing old industrial sites… This post was right up my alley. Interesting to ponder the growing taste for ruins, romanticism has never quite left us.

WTVR.com

(CNN) — Ken Fager now calls himself an “urban explorer,” but years ago he was just a study-abroad student who missed his train in Butzbach, Germany, and decided to spend the next few hours walking through an abandoned factory by the station.

First, he walked around the edges of the partially demolished complex full of old farm equipment. Seeing no one around, he got the courage to run inside. That afternoon, he photographed everything he saw. It changed him.

“The thrill of adventure and rush of adrenaline flipped a creative switch in me,” said Fager, 30, who now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates the blog American Urbex: Exploring America’s Gritty History, a site devoted to the history of abandoned locations.

There’s a growing cultural fascination with abandoned buildings.

Online communities such as Reddit’s AbandonedPorn and Urbanexploration forums draw tens of thousands of contributors to share photos, maps and…

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