There is no official term for fascination with abandoned places. Although, like with any human interest, several attempts have been made – from rather sterile “urban exploration” (urbex or urbanex for short) to the kinky “ruin porn”. There isn’t even a clear understanding what it actually is – curiosity, hobby, obsession, or a medical condition that pushes people to find and explore old, derelict, abandoned and decrepit buildings of different eras.
From the ruins of Pompeii to modern-day industrial facilities that fell victim to time, fashion or nature, abandoned places are capsules of the time gone by and provide a sneak peek into what life looked like at the times of their glory.
Mine started quite accidentally, and developed if not into obsession, but at least into a strong curiosity. For me, abandoned places are not only a window into the past, but places of rest and contemplation, happily devoid of people. Many friends and family members have been dragged through a variety of abandoned places with me, and I would like you to join in on those short tips, and maybe catch the ruin porn bug as well.