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Urban Photography in Abandoned Buildings With Dan Marbaix

By Joseph Cha on November 12th 2013

Dan Marbaix is a brave photographer who explores abandoned buildings and photographs them. He’s photographed everything from abandoned churches, hospitals, schools, and hotels. The pictures Marbaix takes in these abandoned buildings are mesmerizing, but they come at cost.

Dan Marbaix has been arrested over 2o times for trespassing, and held at gun point once. But he loves what he does, and that pushes him to keep doing it. In the images below we see the abandoned sites that Dan visits. It’s eerie to think about how these places used to be full of life, and now they’re just empty. It’s beautiful and sad at the same time, and I’m glad there are photographers like Dan Marbaix who can immortalize these places in photos before they get torn down.

[Rewind: Disciples of Decay]

Abandoned Hospital Belgium

Abandoned Hospital Belgium

Gym in abandoned school Belgium

Gym in abandoned school Belgium

Abandoned Chateau Belgium

Abandoned Chateau Belgium

Abandoned Hotel, NY, USA

Abandoned Hotel, NY, USA

Abandoned chapel Belgium

Abandoned chapel Belgium

No escape

No escape

Books in Abandoned School UK

Books in Abandoned School UK

Abandoned power station Belgium

Abandoned power station Belgium

Abandoned Chateau Belgium

Abandoned Chateau Belgium

Abandoned chateau

Abandoned chateau

Metanoia

Metanoia

 

Have you done anything adventurous like this? Or are you inspired to? Let us know in the comments! And please remember to stay safe.

If you want to see more of Dan’s work, be sure to visit his flickr page.

[Source: Viralnova]

About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Trevor Dayley

    I love these old buildings. Love exploring them as well. Finding old papers with dates and names on them. Trying to imagine how life use to be there. Tons of fun!

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  2. Paul Empson

    I love a little Urbex now and then… a few years ago I heard of a rave that was, intercepted, by the police before it could get started…. they were going to use an abandoned military hospital on part of the old WWII airbase 15 miles or so from me… well, I just had to investigate..

    http://blog.paulempson.co.uk/2013/05/a-little-urbex-darkness-and-light.html

    It was excellent… complete darkness in some rooms, head LED & torch came in handy…

    After the Urbex I decided I’d return with a willing model to shoot some edgy portraits… as we approached the treeline that fronted the buildings, I though.. I’m sure it was all visible by now.. we cleared the trees and saw the heaps of bulldozed rubble that remained… in the UK, when they say: Keep Out.. they mean it :-D

    Fortunately I’d been there & done that ;-)

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  3. Brian Drumm

    Awesome shots. I live in an area where places like this are very hard to come by.

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  4. Jeff Lopez

    Makes me want to go do some exploring around town.

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  6. Jason Furda

    Beautiful work! I too enjoy documenting places that are no longer in use (at least for their original purpose). I have been fortunate thus far in not getting caught by the authorities. The excitement of being in a place that had been left for nature and time to change without the interference of humans thrills me every time.. I’m really glad to be a part of a culture that not only looks to preserve what they enjoy in person, but capture it in a way that allows sharing with others. Thanks for sharing your vision!

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  7. Dave Issod

    Great shots – That chateau looks pristine! I partake in urban exploration as well (or as you put it, urban photography of abandoned buildings) in the Pittsburgh area, check out my flickr if you’re interested in seeing some abandoned steel mills, churches, and schools.

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