Urban Exploration Photography


I am a self-taught photographer. Like many photographers, I started taking photographs on a 35mm camera and bought a digital point and shoot when they first came out. I loved the ease of use and instant gratification, but missed the fine details and quality that film offered. The loss of quality forced me back to 35mm until the quality of digital photographs improved.

Exploring abandoned buildings renewed my love of photography. I started exploring abandoned buildings in 2007 without a camera. I eventually started going with a point and shoot camera and took pictures to document the facilities. As I reviewed them, I discovered that the various levels of nature’s reclamation mixed with the items left behind created a unique and photo. I graduated to a professional camera in 2008, and have been honing my style with every building I explore.

My initial interest in abandoned buildings started with multiple industrial locations in New York that I have watched decay since the early ’90s. For me an abandoned building, is not just about the daily activities that once took place inside, but I also consider the effect on the community. So many of these industrial facilities helped form the cities along the Mohawk River, and now these facilities sit vacant as a hollow reminder of how grand they used to be. My love for history, and constant curiosity, helped me to have the courage one day to enter one of these places to see what was left.

All of the locations in this blog were visited legally.  Locations were labelled with an alias at the owners request.  I don’t plan on writting long historical blogs about each location.  I like to keep it short and let the photos speak for themselves.

CV – Selected Group Shows

2011 “Forgotten” House of Creative Soul, Saratoga Springs, New York

2011 “Forgive Our Tresspasses” Albany Barn Stage 1, Albany, New York

2011 “Exposed” The Washington Park Lake House, Albany, New York

2012 “Pictory Theatre” Hadley Falls Trust, Holyoke, Massachusetts

2012 “Lost and Found” Albany Barn Stage 1, Albany, New York


11 responses

  1. i am SO glad i found your blog. I simply love it. Thank you for sharing all of these.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:25 am

  2. D.R.Sokolowski

    Nice pics, look forward to seeing more.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

  3. very good go ahead to let us see the news about you

    July 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

  4. Tom Susinno

    I worked at Williams Grove back in the 70’s and was the Roller Coaster Mechanic for a short time. These pictures are wonderful and bring back some memories. Thank you

    May 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  5. i grew up in bethlehem, pa and photographed some of those buildings while they were still in use. somehow now that they’re abandoned you make them come to life. excellent job!

    September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  6. Nebojsa Simeunovic

    Beautiful !!! Thank you for sharing all of these !!!

    January 10, 2014 at 4:54 am

  7. Tom

    Your photographs are really interesting! I’ve always wanted to visit many of these spots but due to the fact I live in Ottawa, Canada and don’t yet have a vehicle it’s practically impossible. Your photos really bring these places to life and allow me to experience these locations from afar, and for that I thank you! Keep up the great work!

    October 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  8. Dominik

    Thanks for the pictures!

    December 31, 2015 at 9:53 pm

  9. Maria Noy

    Hi Darren, I absolutely love your work, and I was wondering if you sell prints. Please let me know. Thanks!

    September 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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