Urban exploration is one of the fastest growing hobbies, particularly among tech savvy young adults. Simply put, urban exploration is the search, photography and passion for abandoned structures, usually in urban environments. One of the mantras for urban explorers is to “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs”, in an effort to preserve these buildings for others.

While it often involves breaking the law by trespassing or gaining access to restricted areas, the results can be quite rewarding.

Here’s some of the best examples of urban exploration photography.

evanescent holiness by Sven Fennema

evanescent holiness by Sven Fennema

the silent play by Sven Fennema

the silent play by Sven Fennema

The Mill by Mr. savoonga

The Mill by Mr. savoonga

Carcass by Mr. savoonga

Carcass by Mr. savoonga

[ shades in decay ] by Sven Fennema

[ shades in decay ] by Sven Fennema

URLA MUTE by Sven Fennema

URLA MUTE by Sven Fennema

abandoned plains 4 by bob merco

abandoned plains 4 by bob merco

Ruins Restricted by Wouter Bloemen

Ruins Restricted by Wouter Bloemen

Fine Art Project by Rob Ryan

Fine Art Project by Rob Ryan

Old and Abandoned by Ari Mason

Old and Abandoned by Ari Mason

Apocalypse by Joseph Robert Marritt

Apocalypse by Joseph Robert Marritt

The World of Tomorrow 1 by Anthony Kurtz

The World of Tomorrow 1 by Anthony Kurtz

The World of Tomorrow 2 by Anthony Kurtz

The World of Tomorrow 2 by Anthony Kurtz

Abandoned Train I by Peat Bakke

Abandoned Train I by Peat Bakke

Abandoned Russian Tanks by Shadow

Abandoned Russian Tanks by Shadow

Abandoned Gas Station 12.21.2005 by Notley Hawkins

Abandoned Gas Station 12.21.2005 by Notley Hawkins

Abandoned Brewery, Berlin by d.r.i.p.

Abandoned Brewery, Berlin by d.r.i.p.

Abandoned FHH Siding by n1yln

Abandoned FHH Siding by n1yln

Abandoned by macie sherwood

Abandoned by macie sherwood

Abandoned by Tuan

Abandoned by Tuan

the end of power by Sven Fennema

the end of power by Sven Fennema

paper factory by Mr. savoonga

paper factory by Mr. savoonga

rust in peace by Mr. savoonga

rust in peace by Mr. savoonga

Wurstwaren K by Mr. savoonga

Wurstwaren K by Mr. savoonga

// II \\ by Mr. savoonga

// II \\ by Mr. savoonga

  • These are so cool! Thanks for sharing.

  • beautiful brilliant pictures. sorry but I have stolen 3 pictures to make it as my wall paper on my mobile phone.

  • I never seen such an awesome collection before. these pictures are best to make them as your wallpapers of cellphones and PC,s. great work.

  • great content, tnx , the pictures very insprational