Yesterday listened to an interesting program Australia’s ‘Ruin Porn’ on Radio National’s ‘Life Matters’ about two blokes who take photos of abandoned sites- schools, factories, power stations, quarries and the like.
Listen to the program here: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgX4G0JezV?play=true
(1) Abandoned Australia: Urban Exploration in Australia: http://www.abandonedaustralia.com/p/about.html
Tim Frawley provides an overview for each featured ruin post and then evaluates the site under the headings: Access, Security, Interest, Alone or With a Friend and Dangers. The photos are easily downloadable but you will often find annoying array of tags & poorly executed grafetti.
Here’s an article and short video on Tim Frawley which appeared in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/08/23/abandoned-urbex-photos_n_7979864.html
(2) Lost Collective: http://www.lostcollective.com/#!/zoom/c1rez/dataItem-igqaqbw7
Brett Pattman’s LOST COLLECTIVE can be found here: http://www.lostcollective.com/
Fantastic photos and Pattman lets the photos speak for themselves. The photos generally favour an arty, architectural perspective and are handsomely crafted.
Here’s an interesting article about Brett & his art: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/art-and-design/gallery/why-i-take-photos-abandoned-buildings
The abandoned building phenomenon is a growing world wide trend. Probably the better known sites would be some of the following:
Forbidden Places: http://www.forbidden-places.net/explo1.php
The Abandoned City of Detroit- Phography: Zach Feinhttp://zfein.com/photography/detroit/