The recent wave of arson, vandalism, and theft in abandoned places is so incredibly disheartening. I’m hoping people will give these magnificent buildings and structures, and their sometimes legendary histories, more respect in the coming months and years.
I explored this abandoned American water park in February 2018 and learned two of its buildings were burned to the ground recently.
A major fire destroyed a beautiful Detroit high school theater in late 2017 due (allegedly) to accidental arson caused by careless urban explorers spinning flaming steel wool.
A photographer burned books in a church last year because they thought it would create a cool photo. Congratulations, you’re an arsonist.
And theft is theft in the eyes of the law regardless of it being an abandoned place. Personal morality isn’t even part of the discussion. It doesn’t matter if an item has been sitting on a table untouched for years; you don’t own it so don’t take it!
Trespassing for the sake of art is one thing but taking property increases your risk of being charged with serious crimes. And don’t get me started on the topic of selling those things on eBay! But if you still think it’s okay to take things from an abandoned place to keep or sell then you’ll have no problem with someone taking your camera or phone. I mean, it’s just sitting there, right? /s
Staging is a related topic. Personally speaking, I don’t have a problem with shifting an object a bit to improve a photo composition as long as it’s moved back. But rearranging an entire room kinda crosses a line in my opinion.
Overall, I think the urban explorer and broader photography communities are okay with anything as long as no damage is done and the place is mostly left as it was before you arrived.
Respect abandoned places.
What are your thoughts on all of this?
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.Unfortunately, Belarusian history is not only about glorious past and heroic deeds.😥
33 years ago the catastrophe of Chernobyl took place. On April 26, 1986, the explosion on the nuclear power plant occured resulting into the massive air pollution, deaths of NPP workers and residents of the nearby town. The NPP itself is located in the Ukrainian territory. Still, it is only 18km close to the Belarusian border. Thus the Belarusian people and nature were also impacted.🇧🇾🇺🇦
Many funds and efforts from the side of the Soviet Union and foreign states were targeted for eliminating the consequences. For instance, countries like Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany and Nederlands participated in the program. They helped Belarusian children by providing recreation during the summer season.🇪🇺
The exclusion zone around Chernobyl not only frightened but also inspired journalists and directors. For instance, Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Aleksievich wrote the book "Chernobyl Prayer". This collection of interviews and essays tells the stories of the victims of Chernobyl.
Another example is the game "Call of duty". And finally the exclusion zone is the setting for a fiction movie "Year of the dog"(1994) that received the Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival.📽
At present, the south of Belarus is no longer regarded a polluted zone. The radiation levels are within the norm.🌱