|Upcoming UrbEx Get-Togethers?
||[Jul. 28th, 2006|06:32 pm]
Illinois State Hospitals
|||||"Ambivalence" - Mychael Dyanna (from Girl, Interrupted)||]|
I'm new to this community but have been mesmerized by the macabre loveliness of urban decay photos for over a year. Someone posted about OPACITY which is where I fell in love with Motts' wonderful photography.
I'm interested in getting together to do some local UrbEx at any of the area remaining hospitals or other neat abandoned places in the greater Chicagoland area. While I excel at photography, I'm a total novice at UrbEx so naturally I'd have to go with experienced explorers/archaeologists to learn the necessary skills for successful and safe exploration.
If anyone's interested, I was thinking the cooler weather in the fall would be more conducive to such an adventure versus the oppressive summer inferno heat (especially anywhere there's moldy musty conditions). Maybe we could meet for coffee ahead of time to plan a travel route, get to know one another, plan a carpool (with gas prices so outrageous, carpooling is probably a good idea as well as ensuring we'd be using the buddy system when visiting spooky places).
I have plans for some very edgy photography work in abandoned places (out of respect for patients in hospitals, I'd likely opt for a cool factory to feature photography with live models) but need the necessary skills for safe exploration first. Besides, exploring the places is just as fun to me as doing the edgier photography! :)
Some "RurEx" if there is such a term for rural exploration would be just as enjoyable...and good for variety, I think, too.
Hope to hear from the fellow explorers here soon!