Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Abandonment: Boron Air Force Station

Boron In Monochrome - Boron, California
On my "other" blog I have a post entitled The Man Who Came Back. Very recently I was that man who came back. I made another visit to the abandoned Boron Air Force Station in the Mojave Desert near Boron, California. The purpose of this visit was to get a couple more photographs for an upcoming article about the old base that will published in a magazine.

The old base and prison are in worse shape than I found it in November of 2013. It's being worn and vandalized at a fast pace. If you've been considering a trip to see the place, I would suggest going sooner than later.

Anyway, check out the original post on my other photography blog if you've never seen it (it's actually a five-part series). Also related is my post on the abandoned military housing on old George Air Force Base. Oh, and stay tuned for an announcement on that magazine article I mention at the top of this post.

These images were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens. Be sure to follow this blog by typing your e-mail address in the "Follow by Email" bar on the right. Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook and Flickr.
From Darkness - Boron, California
Mockingjay - Boron, California
Oh, Well - Boron, California
Forgotten Boron - Boron, California
Old Dormitories - Boron, California
RADAR - Boron, California
The Turned Table - Boron, California
Broken Exit - Boron, California
Abandoned Tanks - Boron, California
The Boron Base - Boron, California
Razor Fence - Boron, California
The Old Boron Housing - Boron, California
Colorful Open Door - Boron, California
Mule Mural - Boron, California
Department of Justice - Boron, California

Urban Exploration Photography is on Facebook

Broken Heart Mug - Mojave, California
This is all really brand new, but I just set up a Facebook page to go along with the Urban Exploration Photography Blog. I will post updates to this Blog over there, so if you are an avid Facebook user, this is a great way to stay current on what's happening here. If you don't mind, head on over and "like" the Facebook page (click here). That way, you will stay up-do-date on all the exciting stuff that will be happening here. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What Is Urban Exploration?

Peerless - Newberry Springs, California
Urban Exploration, sometimes shortened to urbex, is the act of exploring--and often photographing--abandoned buildings. While "urban" is in the name, being in an urban environment is not a requirement.

Often (but not always) trespassing is required to gain access into abandoned buildings. There is a risk of getting caught, although most times the property owners don't really know or care that there are trespassers--these are often "forgotten" places. Also, urban explorers are not intending harm to the structures or property. A common motto is "Take only pictures, leave only footprints."

There are many reasons why people are urban explorers. There is a fascination with what has been abandoned. There are often historical significance to the buildings. There is a thrill with elements of danger.

And there are certainly elements of danger. Besides getting caught and potentially arrested, almost always these structures are in a state of dilapidation. There's often broken glass and rusty nails. Mold and asbestos could be present. There might be all kinds of dangerous creatures. This is not a safe activity.

It is, however, an interesting activity--one that has captivated me. I very much enjoy urban exploration, and I especially enjoy creating photographs of abandoned places.

Welcome to the Urban Exploration Photography Blog!

On A Brighter Day - Tehachapi, California
Welcome to my new Blog!

My name is Ritchie Roesch. I've been a photography blogger since March of 2011. Blogging about photography is nothing new to me. What is new is the Urban Exploration Photography Blog, which is born out my passion for abandoned locations. I wanted to focus more on that and less on "general" photography, so I created this.

While this post is certainly humble beginnings, over the coming days, weeks, months and years, look for tons of great posts about all-things urbex. I think this is really going to be something great!

In the meantime, check out my "other" blog, and especially my Abandonment page.