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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

Urban exploring California


Southern California
paranormal detectives
Urban exploration by
Tiffany Michaud

World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert

Ryuichi Noguchi


Sara Hess

Ray Ricoarango photography




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.



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

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

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

Photo by:Rachel Black
@Linda Vista

@Linda Vista
photo by:Rachel Black



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.


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 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 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






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.


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

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,, 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

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


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

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

Images by:Dan Wade

Street photography by

Ryuichi Noguchi

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
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 (, 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.



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
techniques at the blog
You can find our handcrafted jewelry and creations at the shop

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

Ray Ricoarango photography

South Florida urban explorer with an appetite for
decay, dilapidated, rusted,
worn torn environments. For
more info: contact me at ,

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