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Von Dreadful
Monique Duncan photography
Places that were
Urbexland Marie
Kriegaffe 9 ,Matthew Hampshire
World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert
Charles E Gilliam photography
CemeTerry photography
Mockingbird Photography - After Everyone Left
Modeling in abandoned places-images by Flickr Batram
The Devils schoolhouse

I Started off in graffiti in the late 70’s which got me looking for abandoned buildings with
walls to paint.quoted by Oldskool.
Oldskool work varies has you can see on his flickr and facebook page to the wonderful landscapes to the abandoned places he has explored to macro photography.Be sure to find his work
on flickr. UNDER Nikon Morris
(paul morris aka Oldskool)

photo by Oldskool


I am from Bridgewater NJ
I have had a camera in my hand since i was 5
my parents taught me to use their Canon A1 back in the days of film.
Since then i have stuck with Canon through the years and am now shooting with a Canon Rebel SL1 .
I use a very basic gear set up a $20 bowman tripod, and a standard 58mm canon lens to shoot the majority of my
pictures. Its not about how expensive your camera is its how you use the tools you have. I enjoy using available light,
with a touch of Fire wire (steel wool) to liven up some of my images.
Back when i was in high school in the late 1990’s my friends and i started exploring abandoned buildings
we would read about in the old Weird NJ magazines. there wasn’t much more to do growing up in ; NJ. it was boring
yet mostly abandoned back in those days. One of our favorite places to Urban Explore was The abandoned greystone
mental institute that since has been demolished.
I recently did 3 months on the road traveling around the USA with my year old Kitten who is leash trained (@winterkitten13) my car and my camera traveling off the beaten path through ghost towns and towns with populations
of 23 or less. and staying off the grid.

When i was younger i was scared of the dark and things that went bump in the night so i tended to only explore with
friends. recently i got tired waiting around for people to have free time or the desire to urban explore so decided was
time to over come a few of my fears and go on my own. now is a thrill i can’t get enough of.
“I was never going to go, If i waited for someone to come with me”
I have a bad tendency these days of exploring solo which is why i tend to appear in a lot of my own photographs.
sometimes the landscape of an abandoned place just needs something to give the scenery more life. and sometimes
that something ends up being myself. I enjoy the challenge of racing my timer to get into position.
I find peace in forgotten abandoned places. They have character , history and have survived something. every one of
their cracks and creaks tell a story of time.
5 months ago while exploring an abandoned factory with a friend i met off instagram he asked if i had ever spun
steel wool or created light writing images with it. my response was no how do u do that. that night he took me out
and explained the basics to me and let me give it a try i fell in love with this technique and on my 3 months of travels
i incorporated this into as many of my images as i could. and trying to find the most unique places to shoot the fire
wire images. My favorite was in a natural red rock arch tunnel in utah outside of bryce canyon national park.
I also enjoy finding diamonds in the rough. ( Beautiful street art murals inside the abandoned buildings waiting to
be discovered and captured by camera to bring them to light for the rest of the world to see) i recently started reaching out to local street artists to share my photographic images featuring their graffiti. for instance the King of hearts
piece where i added a touch of steel wool spinning to the image and froze it in time.
i am currently in the process of putting together a collection of my photos in the form of a book taken on my 3
month journey called
A Photographic Collection
Light and Color
from the road
By Tiffany Harned
to follow after my Art show
in Somerville NJ at Evolve Clothing Gallery on June 12th 2015
my work can be found on
or on instagram under the name @tiffanyharnedphoto



Von Dreadful

I have lived in many different places
and I don’t consider myself from any one
place, although Easton, PA and Brooklyn,
NY would be the two places that ever felt
like home. I currently live in the middle of nowhere, known as Middletown, MD,
on a horse farm. I’m in a rolling pastoral valley of farms situated between two
mountain ridges. Life is grand, except in
winter when it snows.
I love to explore rural or garden cemeteries, especially those filled with grim
mausoleums and beautiful statues. I also
like abandoned homes and farms from the
1800’s. These structures are prevalent
where I live so I’m always finding some
place to trespass for a great shot. I’m
currently “working” as the historian for
the Burkittsville Preservation Society
(yes, Burkittsville, home of the Blair
Witch, hahaha!!!) to help restore a house
built in the mid-1800’s that was used as
the 6th Corps Headquarters in the Civil
War during the Battle of South Mountain
of September 14, 1862.

The last owner of the home died in 2003
and it has been vacant since. Vandals have
destroyed every inch of the home and we
are cleaning it up and trying to open it
as a Civil War museum. On my blog, I have
a post with pictures of the house in its
current condition. I plan to keep taking
pictures as we move on from ground zero
to complete restoration. It’s like my own
little Bob Villa project!
I currently use a Canon EOS Rebel T3. Unfortunately, I recently scratched my lens
and I’m waiting for new one to arrive. I
upgraded a bit so it’ll be interesting to
see what differences there are in future
Favorite location are anything dark,
dreary, and macabre. Cemeteries, old
churches and chapels, abandoned homes and
structures, the woods. A place that once
had vibrant life, and if I look really
hard, I can still find a speck of that life
amongst the forgotten and decayed.
I’m always finding unexpected interesting

Von Dreadful

About two miles from my home, perched on
the top of South Mountain is a beautiful Gothic chapel, named Dahlgren. It was
built in 1881 by the family who invented the Dahlgren gun in 1865. Some family members were buried in the vault in
the basement of this chapel. Currently,
it is not in use (except for weddings or
private functions) and owned by a small
preservation group with the mission of
restoring the chapel due to damage it
suffered from vandalism throughout the
mid-1900’s. The stained-glass windows
were broken, altar objects stolen, and
the family vault was desecrated. I was
lucky enough to get access to the chapel for a couple of hours and I explored
it from top to bottom. Dahlgren Chapel is
one of the most stunning structures I’ve
ever seen and had the good fortune to
wander through.
The excitement of going to a new place.
Sometimes, the excitement of returning to
an already visited place. I can’t wait to
get to a cemetery I haven’t been to before and see what treasures it holds!

I’m at the point where I have drive at
least 200 miles to get to a new cemetery
and that’s a great adventure for a day!
Rolling down the highway with the stereo
blasting, looking at the towns and stuff
I’m passing by, and then the actual arrival at my destination ... slowly pulling
up to the cemetery gates and peeking over
the steering wheel in anticipation as I
think “I’m finally here! This is it!” and
then spending the next how many ever hours
walking around the cemetery and taking
pictures. Nothing beats the rush of getting to my destination!
My work can be found on Facebook, my page
is titled Von Dreadful. I also post my
pictures on I’m
currently taking a stab at writing and
have three manuscripts being edited by my
friend in Wales. Cemeteries, murder, and
madness are the central themes in my stories and I hope to have the three posted
on my blog within the next few months. I
have several other works in progress and
with any luck, will have those all written

and edited by the end of the year, just in time for the Dreadful Masquerade Ball I’m
hosting in New Orleans in Lafayette Cemetery on December 18!

I am from the United States and to be more specific I grew up in a very small Virginian town by

the name of Fincastle. Fincastle is a very historical town in the county of Botetourt, and was established in 1772. I currently live in a small Virginian city by the name of Roanoke.
From time to time I will have conversations with other people who share the passion for exploring and they will want to know how long I’ve been doing it. I think we are all curious to know the
special story behind the love because lets face it, we all have on and it is very special to each of us.
For me it began as a very young girl, a fascination that would only grow in the years to come. If I
followed a path cut through the forest adjacent from my house, I would meet a road which would
give direction to an abandoned farm. The house with its big sinking porch, windows losing their
shutters, and buildings with treasures left inside, treasures like the giant bellows used to stoke fires,
completely captivated me. To this day I think of those bellows and the way their wooden handles
were warped and their leather was cracked. Countless days of my life were spent in this house. All of
my childhood friends and my cousins could tell you stories about it because they were all forced to
go there with me at one point or another. And the best part of it all, my Mom was the first person to
ever take me there, I was four years old.

It is hard to pinpoint one particular thing that I get from shooting abandoned locations. I love the adventure of “ninja-ing” my way into them as I often put it. I love finding the artifacts of people’s lives and experiences, imaging who they were and what they were like based on what was left behind. I love the architecture
and history of the buildings, I’ve learned so many things I would have never known if it were not for this
hobby. I also love that I’ve made a few lifelong friends from a shared love of exploring, and that it takes me
to places I would have never seen otherwise.
I went alone once and ONLY once! I had the unfortunate experience of encountering a squatter on my one
solo adventure which left me very serious about exploring in at least twos, but I prefer no more than four. I
believe it is a hobby that is far too dangerous, for many reasons, to do alone. We enter buildings that do not
have stable structures, could house squatters and/or drug addicts, and I enjoy sharing the experiences with
others. It is always most interesting to me to explore with a few people and then see how we all shot things
differently, how we all have such unique perspectives.
Always the necessary equipment; my camera, tripod, extra batteries, and lenses. I always bring several
lights, including my head lamp, pepper gel for my safety, and I can’t lie... you can find wet wipes in my bag
for those long explore days when we aren’t going to encounter working plumbing! If I’m shooting a model/
models, I bring a portable power source and studio lighting as well.
I have found a lot of things that I find interesting if I’m being honest. The “stranger” or “creepier” the
better for me! A particular hospital that I have been fortunate enough to get into twice, has EVERY single
thing inside that was in the hospital while it was still operating. It is the freshest and most untouched abandonment I have ever seen, and I highly doubt I will ever see another like it. I think that my favorite find
comes from there, a room full of human body parts that never made their way to the morgue. Toes, fingers,
abortions, placentas, colons, mandibles, and the list goes on. I could have spent an entire day in that room

Salvation Mountain and Slab City


I have been living in orange county, ca my whole life. I usually drive all the way
to los angeles to photoshoot because thats where all the cool spots are at. I’ve
been shooting for like 6 years. How it started was that I was in high school and
decided to take a random photography art class. My teacher gave us all each a camera to go out and explore. When I went out to explore to take pictures for my projects. I was like oh damn this is really fun! Ever since then I have always love photography and taking pictures. But I stopped for a year due to my busy schedule with
medical school. Then one day, all sudden one of my classmate asked if I wanna go
photoshoot and I was like I’m down! and ever since then we been shooting and finding
abandoned places, train tracks, bridges, and etc. together. I bought my first dslr
camera right when I got out of high school. It was a nikon d40 when it was popular
back then for beginners. And then I upgraded to Canon t2i which I still have today
with my Canon 70d. I used 18-55mm and 10-22 wide angle lens with both of my cameras. I usually take my 70d when I am out photoshooting and if my camera dies then
that is when I bust out my iphone 6 with the cool ebay wide angle lens for it. When
photoshooting in abandoned places I love to explore and learn more about the history
behind the place. I always find decay or places with uninhabited space really fascinating.I explore along with others because its easier to spot abandoned places more
than one people. Me and my friends usually drive around los angeles to find a spot.
And also it is much more safe to explore with others than just by yourself. The more
people the more places to share or trade location with.
_inphamous_ on instagram




I’m originally from London but now live
in Scarborough in North Yorkshire
As a kid growing up in London there was
always loads of abandoned factories and
warehouses that we used to play in... I
was always fascinated by what was left
behind and why people just left... Since
then I have always hunted down derelict
buildings and have been fascinated by
I’ve been photographing Urbex situations
for approximately 10 years but more seriously in the last 5 years where I have
met many amazing talented and interesting
I don’t restrict myself to only Urbex
photography. I like to experiment with
various genres even portraits. I could
never do wedding photography but would
like to venture into models and decay
I do meet up with various friends across
the UK to go on exploring adventures but
I am just as happy finding places and going on my own. If these ventures are
successful I tend to share these with
close friends
I use a variety of different equipment
mainly my faithful Canon 550d with a 1020 wide angle or a canon G1x that I have
with me all the time
I’ve just started
experimenting with some macro lenses and
quite enjoy the depth and bokeh that you
get with these lenses
One of the main things that stands out is
the thrill and danger of possibly getting busted and the fact that some of the
places I visit are incredibly unsafe. We
all like our thrills !
I post quite regularly on Instagram and
my username is Stickyman also here on
Facebook and Flickr too where my name is




Mârïe urbexland
From the center region in
France taking photos of abandoned places (sanatoriums,
Hospitals, orphanages, factories, castles and more for a year
you can find her work at:
Urbexland Mârïe on facebook
and on Flickr: Mârïe urbexland

Mârïe urbexland

Mârïe urbexland

Kriegaffe 9

Kriegaffe 9

Im from a small town called Shifnal in Shropshire, England and now reside in another small
town called Stamford in Lincolnshire England
with my wife and two dogs.
I love the old asylums and hospitals best as they
have a certain sort of atmosphere when in them
that is like no other location, but that might just
be in my head ;-), secondly I like industrial places as they have such great textures and colours to
I have always used Nikon cameras and recently
upgraded to a D750 for its better low light capabilities.
Although I love old asylums my favorite ever
explore was pyestock( National gas turbine
establishment) that has now been demolished. I
visited it three times spending 36 hours in there
in total and would go back there again tomorrow
if it was still there.

But the most surreal place I have been is Pripyat
in the Ukraine. to see a whole city abandoned for
over 20 years is an amazing and disturbing sight. I
have come across quite a few strange things while
exploring. the most un nerving is people that
make their home in abandoned places as you never know how they will react to being disturbed by
you but so far they have been okay with me.

one of the things that sticks out in
my mind from all the places I have
seen is the excitement and buzz that
you sometimes get before and after
doing some places because of stories
you hear about how hard they are to
get in or how much security is there.
we did an old school in the UK a few
years ago that had been closed down
due to links with terrorist training.
Ive never been so nervous in my life.
especially when we saw signs that
people were still living there, but we
got out without being seen.
my stuff can be found here

World travel with Jeremiah Gilbert
Kerak Castle, Jordan

South of Madaba on the old King’s Highway one comes across Kerak, once the capital of the
biblical kingdom of Moab. Perched atop a steep hill, Kerak remains a predominantly Christian
town dominated by the largest and best preserved of the Crusader castles in the region.Because
of its position east of the Dead Sea, Karak was able to control Bedouin herders as well as the
trade routes from Damascus to Egypt and Mecca. The castle is a notable example of Crusader architecture—a mixture of west European, Byzantine, and Arab designs. Its walls are strengthened
with rectangular projecting towers and long stone vaulted galleries are lighted only by arrow
slits. While Kerak is a large and strong castle, its design is less sophisticated than that of concentric Crusader castles and its masonry is comparatively crude.

Kerak Castle, Jordan

About Jeremiah Gilbert
Jeremiah Gilbert is a college professor, photographer, and avid traveler. So far he has been to over fifty countries spread across
five continents. Through his work with models, both in studio and on location, he has been internationally published in both
digital and print publications. His blog, photo portfolio, and travel tales can be found at

Charles E Gilliam Photography

My name is Charles E. Gilliam and I take photo’s of abandon places and graveyards. I live in
Littleton, Colorado and am a fine art photographer. My main camera is Canon 5D Mark lll and
I only use Canon L series lenses. I like to walk graveyards and abandon places alone to get
the feel of my surrounding. I am always asked it I have seen anything strange or ghosts.
The answer is yes but that’s another story. My facebook page is Charles E Gilliam Photography and my website is

CemeTerry photographer

CemeTerry photographer

Im based in a quiet town in Kent in England.
I currently use a pentax K7 and love old fashioned manual lenses.
I prefer walking around old houses/cottages getting a sense of those long departed, most of the time I find it fascinating uncovering who
used to live there and getting a sense of what they was like, by the possessions they leave behind.
I have a few close friends, who I explore with, we are a tight fit group and often travel up an down the country, with much laughter.
People can mainly find my work via my like page, I should have a website by the end of the year, once I have a vast array of different locations.
Cant say I have ever experienced anything scary, other than irate land owners.

Uncovering some old ten pound notes was rather unique earlier this year, buried away in an old cottage along with some
old one pound notes, this cottage was a gem though and had a nice rifle laying in the bedroom...
One time when I entered an old house, a small battery operated radio was turned on, this left me feeling anxious for
awhile as I stepped into each room.
I cannot say I have a favourite explore, but I guess the journey and company to these places are often more enjoyable.
Something about doing this hobby really takes you out of the modern world, nothing matters once inside a derelict property, silence fills the air and all you can often hear is your own footsteps and the camera shutter to me that is bliss....
You can find my work and keep up to date with most things here.

Modeling in abandoned places



Shooting in alternative locations


The Devils school house

Once I entered the smell of urine hit me like a train its smelt
bad I walked towards the 1st hall way to see specks of black marks
all over the walls this turned out to be ratt/mouse droppings.I tried
my hardest not to touch anythingand breath in to much of the air
but I was excited to see this place has the locations was almost in
plain site clouded by a tree line and fast driving cars no one would
stop to see it.

Has I walked I felt has tho something was watching me I entered room upon room took my shots gagged abit from the smell,even
with a shirt over my mouth/bandanna I still smelt the urine.Some rooms were so bad they looked almost wet with the amount of urine
stained wood. The further I went away from the entrance the smell disappeared it was like stepping back in time. Heading back It
sounded as tho someone was walking towards me with heavy feet I made some noise and I then heard running was this another explorer or something else. I made my way to the front door to exit and you could hear the scurry of ratts in the walls,I felt accomplished I was
happy but abit sick from being there for so long felt as tho a presence was with me. I left and returned home to a nice hot bath after this
explore I was drained and felt not like myself has tho something followed me home.I do believe in spirits I do believe there are bad spirits that drain your energy aswell.I was sick for almost two weeks with a bad cough and felt as tho something followed me home I opened
my windows opened up my home and cleaned it so to speak,believe me or not,call me crazy but I got better the same day and everything
felt right again.
I vowed never to return to this place again,” The Devils school house”

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