For quite some time the fascination for abandoned places, widely known as Lost Places, has increased. More and more adventurers and photographers worldwide are looking for these mysterious locations. Urban Exploration (the urban version of the Lost Places cult) has almost become a trend and mainly photographers publishing their discoveries on social media platforms or even in digital journals contribute to the fact that a growing number of people are now following this trend. Thus, the urban explorers discover places we can’t find in travel guidebooks and which are (actually) hardly accessible to the public. Of course, as you can imagine, the urban explorer trend isn’t always totally legal and so it’s often not welcomed by many.
However, what keeps fascinating and intriguing me about it is the chance to see a completely new side of your own home town or tourist hotspots worldwide and how we often don’t realize that we don’t know our home as well as we might have assumed. Abandoned warehouses, factory complexes that don’t operate anymore, villas that have lost their splendor long time ago, the large numbers of discoveries the Urbexers or Lost Places hunters make or capture on their smartphones or cameras are really stunning. Often we see somber, mysterious scenes that often make me wonder if I’d be bold enough to enter these locations at all.
Eerily beautiful are those images in particular that show how nature claims back places piece by piece and day by day, places that had once been conquered by mankind. One such amazing example is the fishing village Houtouwan. Decades ago a large number of fishermen lived there with their families. However, in the 1990s, decreasing fish populations forced them to leave the village. Since then, nature has taken back the place and changed it into a fairytale setting.
In any case, such Lost Places keep fascinating me in an incredible way and I can really understand many Urbexers or Lost Places hunters who often take risks for their discoveries. Of course, you shouldn’t lose your brains, do nothing that could jeopardize the lives of others and be aware of your own limitations. But venturing out of your own comfort zone into unknown territories can really pay off sometimes. 😉