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| Abandoned | A Different Story


As kids, there are those that shared a street with or lived just around the corner from an old spooky house. Even as kids, there were those that would ignore its existence. There were others that would shudder at its foreboding presence and take care to cross to the other side of the road when they got close. Then there where those whose overwhelming sense of curiosity would edge them closer and ever closer to the house. It starts with sneaking up its path and peering in through cracked windows then, when the curiosity becomes truly unbearable, nerves are steeled and with fear trapped breaths, we gradually find our way inside......








Our compassion for decaying abandoned buildings is something that we openly discuss but our respect for them is a matter that is close to our hearts.  While it may seem exciting and adventurous to explore these places we do not encourage others to enter derelict buildings. At the same time, we know that telling others NOT to is plain hypocrisy.  With this in mind, here are a few things for the brave/foolhardy to consider before embarking on such expeditions:


LAW:
  • Even though these places are abandoned and may appear unwanted, entering them is regarded as trespass. It is worth seeking permission before attempting entry.
  • We have a rule to leave the place in the condition we find it in. Taking something away is theft in the eyes of the law and in our opinion just wrong.
  • We never force our way into a building. There are legal implications to consider as this is classed as breaking and entering.
  • Reporting to the authorities. Although this sounds scary it is the right thing to do. (There are reports of explorers walking into very scary situations and some have come across dead bodies).

SAFETY:
  • A lot of places left to their own devices become structurally unsound. Ceilings may collapse, rotting floorboards and rusty stairwells may give way. Also think of things such as broken glass and protruding nails.
  • The air in decaying buildings can pose a threat via asbestos, mould spores etc
  • Doors  may have dodgy safety catches and could get jammed. There are also doors that were designed for one-way entry (normally found in hotels and hospitals).
  • There is always a chance of encountering other people that are likely to be in a difficult situation to be living in an abandoned building.
  • There is a risk of insect infestations and finding trapped animals (sometimes dead) is not unusual. 
  • Never use a naked flame as a source of light. Not only are some materials highly flammable, but there is also a risk of gas leaks or chemical reactions.
  • Keep away from fire extinguishers as they can be volatile.  

DIGNITY:

While abandoned buildings may suggest an air of indifference and seem utterly forsaken, it is important to remember that these places once sheltered people. People who laughed, cried, grew, survived and loved within their walls. It is no wonder that we cannot help but be moved by the emotions that remain behind in the foundations long after the people leave. Bankruptcy, broken families, sudden life changes are just a hint at some of the reasons for people to up and abandon a place often leaving behind remnants of their lives. This is one of the main reasons why we believe that these places should be treated with respect. 

Sadly, we have come across blogs that do not share our principals and heartlessly display  private items found in abandoned homes. Though we are always moved by the human aspects of abandoned places, we will never reveal personal details, exact addresses nor publish names, photos, letters that we come across. To us, this is an unjustifiably distasteful, cruel and horrible thing to do.

13 comments:

  1. a lovely post and I 100% agree with you. Going into somewhere abandoned can seem like an adventure, well, it is but it also comes with risk and danger. The rules and advice you've given are really good and I hope that people read them and take them onboard.

    Beautiful photographs too.

    xo

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  2. This was a really interesting read, there are a lot of things you mentioned I've never thought about. I guess it is important to treat places with respect, no matter how much they've fallen into disuse or disrepair.

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  3. It makes me sad to think that some people would steal stuff and break into places. Your rules are very good and people would do best to abide by them if they want to go exploring.

    I do have a question for you. A few of my friends (and dedicated websites) often go to abandon buildings in Japan, and it seems that there are several that are quite well-known and visited. Are the laws any different in Japan, and can people visit certain 'abandoned' buildings safely?

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    1. Hello Bloomzy. Thank you for your interesting question. In terms of safety from breaking laws, yes there are guided tours to places like Gunkanjima. There are also communities of haikyo experts who get together to visit these places in small groups. If you find safety in going with an expert who has visited hundreds of such places then yes you can. However, in my opinion no haikyo is safe, they are abandoned after all. In terms of the law, what we have highlighted is applicable in Japan.

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  4. Are these photos from the abandoned Japanese city a few posts back? I love abandoned places, seeing life frozen in time, though decaying. I appreciate your "tips" at the end, like reminding us not to enter because it is trespassing, dangerous, and disrespectful. I would not thought of the last one out-rightly but certainly wouldn't take things from abandoned places. The photos are enough.

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  5. i love how you stick to your sense of morals and values and sharing them so that we may all look things from a different perspective, learn and adopt them as well. xx

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  6. I hate to see abandoned places stay up too long. It's an eyesore for the are and safety hazard to all.

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    2. Thank you for your comment Kim. It is always good to hear a different opinion to our own and we suspect that perhaps 98% of the world would agree with you!

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  7. An abandonned building will always be a strange thing to me. Although I find them fascinating I hate the idea of trespassing and so we leave many abandonned building uninvestigated. It's true what you say; abandonned buildings may be decaying now but at one time they sheltered people who lived their lives in them and there is something sacred about that, at least to me. To enter without permission, even if there is no longer anyone there, always seems like a violation to me.
    xox,
    Cee

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  8. I realize that in the U.S. abandoned buildings/factories are a rarity, esp in places with high-value land (I think unless you go to places like Detroit, for e.g.). Buildings/old homes here were bulldozed as soon as there is a buyer for the land. Thank you for sharing this treat & your thoughtful points about entering abandoned buildings.

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  9. These are great examples doll, love the shapes and how things have over grown on them, they begin to bring on your life and ways. I do sometimes in certain circumstances like to see buildings taken away and something new put there, but appreciating what was there and still is there, just maybe not as it was, deserves appreciation as well. Keeping people safe is number one. But, how you can't look at these and see beauty is strange to me, haha!! Agree with the rules and ways doll :) xx

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  10. Very. very interesting indeed. The photos give so much emotions I cannot explain in words. Love your adventures, keep sharing and stay safe, stay curious :) Looking forward to more! x

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