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Xplorzine #1James Ortiz
Exploring the your surroundings from abandoned locations to roadside attractions,cemeteries to people,stories,life experiences and more.Train hopping to paranormal Xploring what is near and far.
ne -xplorzine-xpl Welcome to Xplorzine a collection of images from photographers and explorers near and far,digital to film,abandoned places,roadside attractions,cemetery exploration,train hopping,artist,ghost hunters,all in one place.......your hands. The Adventures of Rurex #theadventuresofrurex/IG Urban exploring California RACHEL BLACK UNDERFIRE VISION TAWNIDOLL PHOTOGRAPHY DAN WADE Southern California Wolftea paranormal detectives Urban exploration by IMMORTAL DREAMS Tiffany Michaud World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert Ryuichi Noguchi Photography DIGITAL DENIAL Sara Hess photography Ray Ricoarango photography SOBAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY -XPLORZINE- URBAN EXPLORING CALIFORNIA SoCal is a funny place when it comes to urbexing,locations are abit harder to find and are far and far between.Unless you came up in the graffiti scene in which location go hand in hand,youll find yourself on an endless search via google maps and wandering the backroads to find your next fix.I think this is why some explorers start with urban spelunking(€underground exploration). If your in the NorCal area then you have explores for days,but if your in southern California here are a few tips for you.Flickr can be a great site to find locations,some images are tagged with exact locations,google maps is a gold mine with its option to show photos and zoom feature.Following railroad tracks and looking in industrial areas tend to lead to locations.Although nothing beats driving somewhere youve never been,take a drive to a old town or to the desert youll never no what youll find and thats all part of the explore.SoCal is full of hidden gems,nazi ruins,old subway systems abandoned prisons,old treatment plants and more.The desert is full of amazing things to see from the salton sea to Bodie to the treasures in Mono lake hidden gems are waiting.If you want to see more make sure to chec out Urban exploring California on facebook and here on Xplorzine. CHICAGO BASED PHOTOGRAPHER RACHEL BLACK Self taught...Loves the darker side of things left behind,my heart,My heart is with my abandoned work and one that I cannot connect with,my secret is that I shoot from the heart. My foundation is made up of sme amazing people and artist who are a big part of who I am today!!!One I will forever owe is “Brian Braun”for all the programs he gave,all the things he taught me,esp color.The myspace era artist and those I met in the beginning,without them I would be nothing,I will always be eternally thankful. Ive been shooting for about a good seven years,started on 35mm film camera black ad white only.The birth and my first shoot was in an abandoned local cemetery where my grandparents are buried in the the italian community.One of my first shots from there was chosen for a art exhibit.My father raised me and was a photographer himself.I held my first vintage Nikon at the age of seven. Photo by:Rachel Black @Linda Vista @Linda Vista photo by:Rachel Black Hotsprings SOBAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY Urban Exploration. I love urban exploration. I am absolutely addicted to it. Waking up early, driving to somewhere I have never been, not knowing what I will see on the way or when I get there, it’s the same feeling I felt as a child on Christmas Eve. The moment I enter a new location, my heart is pounding with fear and excitement All my senses are heightened, I like finding things left behind. Photos, letters, old furniture and clothes. They tell me a little bit about the person or family that once lived in the house or building I am exploring. -xplorzine- Urban exploration brings out the best in me. It makes me push myself to personal limits beyond my own expectations. When I come home filthy, tired, sore and with a lot of photos...it was a great day.My book,“Skeletal Remains” can be found on Amazon and blurb along with others to see more of my work Subscibe on YouTube to Creepy Crawl with Sobaire,Like on Facebook Sobaire photography UNDERFIRE VISION Underfire Vision is the alias for photographer Daniel Melendez Jr. I have always been intrigued with photography and photographs. The ability to capture moments in time and create memories that last a lifetime is the reason behind my passion for capturing images. It’s an art, it’s an expression, and it’s a lifestyle. I recently created Vizualize IE with my good friend David Cervantes (DC Photography) and the mission is to introduce the world to The Inland Empire of California via instagram. Riverside, California is where I reside and I love my city. “We Shoot the Vision” that’s the motto because anything you see or imagine can be shot or captured Instagram: @underfirevision Twitter: @underfirevision Facebook: Underfire Vision Tumblr: underfirevision.tumblr.com Tawni doll photo graph y I love finding the beauty in the decay. Getting the shot is half the adventure. Getting to the shot is the other. Im enchanted by the desert and to capture the coolness, the vibe of my area is stimulating. “Urban exploring awakes my sensibilities”. It’s akin to treasure hunting! The places I explore are quiet, peaceful and lonely, not unlike myself which may all to well be the attraction. Tonya Doyle- Tawnidoll photography. Coachella Valley California. AGUA MANSA PIONEER CEMETERY All that remains of Agua Mansa and La Placita communities is those whom are laid to rest here in Agua Mansa. Fall- en stones,sunken crosses and tumbleweeds is what youll see upon arriving.Barb wire fences have been placed to keep vandals out,it is considered one of the 5 most haunted places in California. Stories of a weeping woman,a man walking his dog vanishing as you get closer,ghostly apparitions and the suicide of a caretaker on the property all adding to its folklore.Agua Mansa currently is only open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays times may vary Photos by Urban exploring California Southern California Paranormal Detectives The Southern California Paranormal Detectives (S.C.P.D.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit paranormal research organization that was founded in 2000 by friends and family that share a deep interest for the paranor- mal. We provide professional and comforting assistance for those experiencing paranormal phenomena. We use many different types of equipment to assist us in our investigations such as digital cameras, video cameras, EMF meters, infrared thermometers, sound equipment, etc. We also have investigated UFO’s, Conspiracies, and strange creatures. We have worked with a few famous paranormal experts such as Richard Senate, renowned spiritualist, Bonnie Vent, and professional videographer, Barry Conrad. So far the locations we cover are in and around the Southern California area but we have done cases in Las Vegas, NV and possibly more out of state. A few factors have influenced my love for exploring abandoned places, when I was in elementary school, growing up in the Riverside ,Ca area, I remember exploring the hills behind one of my various childhood homes. On one exploration we came upon a old abandoned school. There were desks, chalkboards, trash, and books all strewn about. It looked like people just up and left in the middle of class and never came back! I was thrilled and horrified thinking this could happen to me at school... Everyone there one minute and then gone the next! What happened? Why would people just leave this all behind? I have since spent hours trying to find this school I remember as a kid, but sadly, no luck. Another factor was my love for photography which really started when I was in my late teens early twenties when I did a stint working in a one hour photo lab with my sister for a few years. Experimenting with various aspects of the photo developing process, and just seeing some of the bizarre places that other people have been made me want to go out and find my own bizarre places! For instance, a customer had visited the Hill of Crosses and brought back pictures. I found it incredibly amazing. Even now, I’m inspired by looking at the plethora of beautiful pictures of abandonment and decay. The more I look, the more I want to explore! A third factor would have to be my love for books. Books like ‘The Stand’, ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’, ‘Earth Abides’ and ‘The Passage’, just to name a few, all have feed my love for abandoned exploration. The disquieting fear that civilization is not something that is guaranteed us. It could end at any given moment... and these places are what it would look like. Urban exploration by tiffany Michaud Urban exploration by tiffany Michaud WORLD TRAVEL with Jeremiah Gilbert LOCATION Tash Rabat Tash Rabat is a 15th century stone caravanserai, though some believe it was originally a Nestorian or Buddhist monastery. The structure consists of 31 rooms including cavities in the central hall and was completely laid by crushed stone on clay mortar. Jeremiah Gilbert Bio I first developed an interest in photography in high school. In those early days, my camera, a Minolta X370, was almost always equipped with a red filter and loaded with black & white film. My best friend and I would head out to do what is now called urban exploration, though back then was simply us exploring aban- doned areas and hoping we didn’t get caught. About a decade ago I began traveling and using photography as a means of sharing my experiences. After my travels in Tibet in 2006, I setup my travel site, JGTravels.net, which has developed as my travels have increased. I’m still drawn to abandoned areas, though now on a global scale. Last year I started a blog where I share experiences and photographs in between trips, which can be found at www.jeremiahgilbert.com. World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert Mỹ Sơn The temples at My Son were constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. A vast majority of the site was destroyed by US carpet bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War. The bombing only stopped after a French archeologist wrote President Nixon. Joilet Prison By IMMORTAL DREAMS At a young age, Immortal Dreams became curious about the paranormal, as well as the many abandoned places she would come across. That curiosity led her into her first abandoned/haunted place when she was only 12. From the first moment she stepped into Manteno State Hospital, she realized she wanted to write about her experiences. Writing about her experiences didn’t seem to be enough, and then began her journey into photo documentation. Since then, she has turned her curiosity into a hobby, and now into a passion. With a book in the works, images published in magazines, and radio interviews, Immor- tal Dreams is well on her way to documenting the forgotten, lost and haunted places around the Midwest. Her love for bringing the history of the past into the present is what makes her unique. Even after photographing hundreds of abandoned/haunted places across the Midwest, she can still tell you everything there is to know about what once was. You can follow Immortal Dreams facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Immortal-Dreams/258762777483268 Joilet Correctional Center (JCC). Is located in Joliet, Illinois and was open from 1858 to 2002 when it was closed,it is best known for the movie “The Blues Brothers” being filmed there, as well as the television show “Prison Break”. A garden in the desert? Yes there are such things,tucked away in a corner of Rancho Mirage, California lies a little place called Sunnylands. It sounds warm and in- viting, doesn’t it? Well apparently the last several Presidents, countless foreign dignitaries and many celebrities think so too. Of course they stay in the Annenberg Estate which has limited guided tours, but as part of the estate, the Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens are open and free to the public. It is definitely a hidden jewel in the desert and a must see if you are in the area. Images by:Dan Wade https://ello.co/danwade Street photography by Ryuichi Noguchi https://www.facebook.com/ryuichinoguchiphotography Digital Denial (the following is for educational purposes only. Riding freight trains is illegal and dangerous, and in writing this, I am in no way encouraging you to do so.) I first became interested in freight hopping when I learned that many people within my group of friends were passionate about it. I had only moved to the city less than a year before, and had never heard of freight hopping, outside of the context of the great depression and the dust bowl hobos. I had no idea that it was something you could do here and now in the 21st century. But as soon as I learned about it, I absolute- ly wanted to see what it was all about. As with many people, I had always been in awe at the sight of the massive freight train rushing past the railroad crossing, graffiti flashing past as the horn sounded out. Just the idea of being able to be part of that was exhilarating! So my partner and I at the time made a plan, learned a few tips and tricks from our more experienced friends, and set off to wait in some bushes at the far edge of town. A few hours later, a train rolled up, and a few hours after that, we were well on our way, trees rushing past us, huge grins stretched across our faces. That was eight years ago, and ever since, I’ve taken every opportunity to ride the rails. To me, there is something incredibly freeing about the experience; you have no con- trol over your destination, for one thing. You may think you have a good idea of where your particular train is headed, but you can’t be certain. And once it starts moving, you’re stuck there until it decides to stop (or at least slow down a good bit!). In our supposedly “developed” world, it is nearly impossible to travel without knowing where you are, where you’re going, and where you’ve been. On a train, you can wake up in the middle of the night, see a town flashing by, and have absolutely no idea where you are. You can’t hide from the elements, either. If it rains, no matter how good your tarp is, sooner or later you’re gon- na get wet. And if it’s hot and sunny out, then you better believe you’re gonna be sweating and burning before the day is done. I’ve ridden through thunderstorms, watching lightning strike nearby, and shivered through the night, fingers and toes numb, as we passed by lakes that had yet to thaw that year. I’ve seen some of the brightest stars and most beautiful scenery from the vantage point of a freight train, far from the highways and cities that we claim are “civilization” Another thing I en- joy is that it’s essentially free. As long as you don’t end up getting caught and having to pay a fine, then it’s one of the cheapest ways to get from place to place. I’ve never had to spend more than a few bucks on some supplies, and maybe a city bus ticket to get to the catch out spot. And you get to see delightful, ob- scure corners of the city. I would have no reason to go to some of these towns and suburbs, except for the fact that the train stops there. Sometimes curled up in the dirt, waiting behind a bush, fitfully napping while waiting for the rumble of the engine is exciting experience all in it’s self. Bus and plane travel are prohibitively expensive, by comparison, and often a pretty dull, sterile event. I like to travel with a friend (sometimes several), because there can be a lot of waiting involved, and it’s easier to pass the time when you’re with a pal. In fact, it’s usually in the company of such a friend that the entire scheme is hatched. On top of that, I love to share the terrifying and wonderful moments with someone else first hand. If someone else can confirm your story, then it’s proof you didn’t just dream the whole thing. That being said, I have ridden solo a couple of times, and I find it to be an incredible opportunity for introspection. There is, at times, literally no other human being for miles. We’re often so surrounded by distractions that being forced to spend time alone with your thoughts is a rare thing indeed. Also a great chance to get some read- ing done. As a photographer, I am enthralled by all of the opportunities for taking pictures these adventures offer. My friends seem so much more vibrant when caught on film with dirt on their face, bundled up in sleeping bags against the wind, or lying on their backs in the sun, staring trance-like at the sky, as the trees rushes past. And although I usually don’t care for landscapes photographs, the context changes everything for me. Every- thing seems so far away and detached from reality when you’re traveling on the highway. But when you’re on a train, you’re right in the thick of it, and the mountains and rivers and forests seem very much real and alive. At times like that, will photograph it all Digital Denial I usually take more than one camera with me, most recently a Canon AE1, as well as a more point-and-shoot style of camera, a Minolta HiMatic AF2. I shoot whatever film I happen to have at the moment, and lately, it’s been a lot of Kodak Gold, and Ilford Delta 400 (I was recently given a whole bunch of both of these films). In addition to posting my photographs onto my blog (digitaldenial.tumblr.com), I publish a zine by the same name, Digital Denial. Each issue is a themed series of photographs, usually accompanied by mini essays, or short fiction pieces. As a photogra- pher who shoots exclusively film, it feels really important to me to produce actual, tangible photographs that people can hold and flip through, rather than just putting an endless series of images into computer screens. There is some- thing so much more real about physical objects. Just as riding trains feels so much more real than sitting boxed up inside a car. Elmer’s bottle tree ranch Elmer Long creator (Left) James Ortiz photographer (Right).Elmers is Located on National Trails Highway, Oro Grande, CA 92368 and is free tho Elmer accepts donations and is well worth it. WOLFTEA WOLFTEA There is an overlooked beauty within the predator stalking its prey, the prey being consumed to keep life within the predator, the leftovers of the kill decomposing and gifting nutrients back to the earth and scavengers... back to the plants it once ate from, to be reborn again within the flourishing of the ferns. Forever a cycle of death and rebirth To most outside viewers, this fascination and closeness with death is considered a bit morbid and kept at distance,though to me this closeness is a chance to study anatomy, learn what each animal has to teach and to provide each creature with the respect and honor it deserves. I would rather utilize and bring recognition or even a new perspective to something that would otherwise rot on the side of a highway or become forgotten within the brush. That being said, most all my bones, paws,claws and other pieces are salvaged.... meaning most come from roadkill, the left overs of a predator in nature, natural casualties etc Along with the recycled bones, many other materials utilized ( beads, fabric,leather,fur,feathers ) are also salvaged from a variety of sources ranging from antique shops to free boxes, from garage sales to trading with other crafters etc. The idea behind using salvaged materials is that each piece already has a history, already has a bit of energetic residue to contribute. Due to most materials being scavenged, each necklace, pair of earrings or other creations are one of a kind both aesthetically and energetically. Currently my husband and I reside within the rainy woods of washington, running the online shop and blog as our full time job. We offer diy tutorials, information and general shenanigans about bones/insects/nature/ oddities/preservation techniques at the blog wolftea.tumblr.com You can find our handcrafted jewelry and creations at the shop wolftea.etsy,com wolftea.etsy.com wolftea.tumblr.com Sara Hess photography I enjoy exploring the relationship between nature and man made things. I am inspired by the ways in which nature seems to “take back” or reclaim anything we, as people, cre- ate. I find the decay of materials partnered with the fresh life of plants to be intriguing and beautiful. I appreciate architectural de- tails and I strongly rely on natural light in my work. I am also fascinated with the concept of what makes a house a home. Someone was once there, and the left behind footprints create so many questions. I attempt to put together the pieces. What happened here? Who lived here? Why did they leave? There’s an element of adventure and curiosity that comes naturally with exploring abandoned homes and places. I see so much beauty in decay, and hope that it is something others will appreciate also Sara Hess is a freelance photographer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography from Millersville University in 2012 facebook.com/sarahessphotography Ray Ricoarango photography South Florida urban explorer with an appetite for decay, dilapidated, rusted, worn torn environments. For more info: contact me at , email@example.com wolftea.etsy.com wolftea.tumblr.com Prepared by MagCloud for James Ortiz. Get more at nikonbob1.magcloud.com.