I’d like to welcome you to my website – Blurred Boundaries. The idea of this site is simply to publish my photos and experiences of exploring places that aren’t usually visited by the public. The idea behind the name is that to visit these places, the boundaries of what you can and can’t do in society are being blurred. I aim to break some of these boundaries down by exploring the unseen spaces of the city and rural areas alike.
This is commonly known as Urban Exploration…
Many people have asked me before; what is Urban Exploration? Well, if you ask twenty different people what it is, you’d be likely to get twenty different answers. Urban Exploration means different things to different people.
The definition of Urban Exploration according to Wikipedia:
Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby and, although it may sometimes involve trespass onto private property, this is not always the case and is of innocent intention.
Urban Exploring is, and always has been, a hobby. It’s a way to relax, something to look forward to at the end of a long week, a way to escape from the difficulties that life throws at you. Predictably, many individuals have attempted to make a ‘living’ out of urban exploration. Some have had more luck than others, but the recurring pattern is that they all burn out eventually. The rise of social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram has seen a surge in ‘influencers’/’youtubers’ trying to profit from the hobby. Some last longer than others, but they’re effectively exploiting a pasttime that we’ve been enjoying for years (many for far longer than myself) and what makes this game successful is keeping it on the down low. There are many online communities for this hobby, which is how the majority of people meet each other and share their findings. I personally have made many fantastic friends and met some lovely people through being a part of these online communities, and have them to thank for this.
Please be aware – by publishing photos and information on this site, I am in no way recommending that you go out and visit these places yourself. By all means feel free to, but do not hold me accountable if you cause harm to yourself or anyone else. We are all responsible for our own actions, and should always make sure we know our limits.
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