Urban Exploration is the exploration of manmade structures, usually abandoned ruins or hidden components of the manmade environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured in the hobby…
It all started sometime in 2002 when I arrived back in North Carolina after spending most of life in Europe bouncing from country to country as an army brat.
With the freedom of a car and a lifelong interest in “old things” and photography, I started driving around and exploring the town I had been born in but didn’t really know.
Somewhere along the way, I ran across the term “urban exploration” on the internet. Now I had a name for what I had been doing, and unbeknownst to me, there were other people all over the world already doing it as well.
Towards the end of 2003, with a couple pictures and an Angelfire account, I started the first iteration of Abandoned NC. It lasted there until 2005 before a generous benefactor offered space on their server. It’s due to his generosity that the site has existed for as long as it has. He has been the reason it remained online for 16 more years after all the various facets of daily living took me away from it.
Now, in 2021 I have come back to this project, and hope to expand it.
“Urban exploration” only takes you so far when you’re trying to learn a story. I love finding physical spaces but I also love finding the obscure stories that form their foundation. Sometimes the information is there waiting to be discovered, sometimes it’s lost forever. Whatever the result, the trip can be as satisfying as the destination.
I don’t do social media anymore, but I can be reached via e-mail:
abandoned_nc @ yahoo