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Photographing inside Ruined Buildings


1 Jul 2012 11:20AM
Does anyone know how I can arrange to get inside some old ruined buildings in London. What I have in mind is a shoot in say a hotel which has closed in a ruined state or perhaps some od closed Swimming Pool or an old hospital building or maybe a ruined warehouse. This is the sort of thing I have in mind.....

http://www.scottfrederickphotography.com/Photography/UrbEx/14093177_7KbG62#!i=1776943072&k=4FqRJ7L

Thoughts?

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pcheywood 9 1.3k England
1 Jul 2012 11:32AM
In London........... Make friends with squatters !
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
1 Jul 2012 12:01PM
Is it likely a building owner is going to risk their insurance premiums going through the roof [plus a possible personal injury suit through you going through the floor] by showing you around an unsafe structure? No - unless you are REALLY lucky.

Do what virtually all serious Urbex snappers do - find a building by doing your homework on urbex sites or through local knowledge. You'll have to do virtually all the work yourself since the Urbex sites are often monitored by the owners and security firms that protect them. Blatant 'how do I get in' questions on the sites are [usually] politely ignored until you gain some trust. Some sites will just ban you for such public appeals for info. Be discreet.

Equip yourself suitably e.g. torch, good boots to stop nails coming through the soles etc. Make sure a friend knows where you are going and who to call if you don't reappear. Study the good urbex sites for how to go about it.

Enter without breaking [part of the homework].

Leave without taking anything.

Know your trespass laws. Be prepared for confrontations with security firms and the police.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
1 Jul 2012 1:09PM
^^^^ Right on the money ^^^^

There is a wealth of information about this subject 'out there' and from my investigations into it, Simon has 'potted' everything.
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
1 Jul 2012 1:13PM
~blushes~
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
1 Jul 2012 2:40PM
Yep.
sitan1 e2
6 521 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2012 6:35PM
try the site 28 days later
ray1 10 519 1 England
1 Jul 2012 6:48PM
Google urban exploring
MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
1 Jul 2012 8:34PM
or even explore urban googling
Britman 8 1.7k England
2 Jul 2012 2:49PM
I'd have thought that any resulting image could be used as proof of trespass? More so if you have a person in the picture.
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 3:35PM
If you have not broken or stolen anything there is nothing they can do.
JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 5:08PM

Quote:If you have not broken or stolen anything there is nothing they can do.

If i look up Land Trespass - it seems to be a crime, in what situations is it not a crime - e.g. public land?
M22s 3 36 1
2 Jul 2012 5:20PM
As I understand it, trespassing is a civil matter, not criminal. It becomes criminal if you have to force entry or cause any damage.
I actually phoned my local police station after a confrontation over an accusation of trespassing, who said if the field was not gated locked or signed it was civil, and they actually would not attend, but a record would be made.

Just my expirience of it.
rossd 11 1.1k England
3 Jul 2012 9:11AM
I found this:

derelict places

May be of some help ( I'm interested because I would like to have a go myself)
3 Jul 2012 9:27AM
Thanks Rossd, very helpful

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