Urbex is the short term for “urban exploration” and it’s about capturing the beauty of abandoned places.
As I’ve done a lot of Urbex photography, I have always been frightened that something similar to what happened to the guys from “The Other Side” could happen to me. They definitely have an interesting story to share:
The story began when a photographer who is known online as The Other Side and his friend, Forgotten Decay, went to France to photograph a huge, partly abandoned factory. They didn’t have the intentions of damaging or stealing anything, just to explore and photograph the building.
The two photographers were spotted by several employees of the factory that soon called the police. The photographer says that the police treated them a little bit roughly, but as soon as they found out the two were just looking to capture photos, the policemen became a lot friendlier. But not before they were asked to sign a contract, paraphrased by The Other Side:
If we get caught again in France in a place we shouldn’t be the next three years, we get a fine around 15.000 euro and possibly 1 year cell.. So I’m gonna skip France for a while..
He wasn’t breaking in the property to damage or steal something, he just wanted to take some cool pictures with his friend. That doesn’t make trespassing any less illegal, though…
In my opinion, Urbex photography has a certain atmosphere that makes the images special and beautiful.
This is a story that can teach everyone something: Although the guys at The Other Side captured some incredible images ( you can see more here), most photographers wouldn’t want to go to jail for their passion. So don’t be stupid! If you are going to try Urbex photography, make sure you first research if the property you want to enter is safe and if it is legal for you to be there.
Do you think such a harsh punishment is appropriate? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
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