Never wanted to know what’s behind that old wall in the city? Never wanted to see what’s happened to that old hospital that has been abandoned for years? Don’t see the beauty of decay, nature taking over the urban world? Then you are probably not the type of person for urban exploring. If you are that person I hope you find inspiration here on my website.


How do you find these abandoned locations?

  1. Newspapers

    Check your local newspaper and search for abandoned places. You be amazed about how many derelict buildings there are in your neighbourhood.

  2. Google Search

    Just typ in abandoned places and search. Also try other languages or other search words like urbex, derelict, decay, etc.

  3. Google Maps/Earth

    Just travel the digital world and look for old factory near traintracks or rivers. Look for holes in roofs and switch to street view.

  4. Go out!

    Don’t forget to go out and just shoot.

What is urbex or urban exploring?

Urbex, short for urban exploration, is the exploration of abandoned and forgotten places of the manmade environment. Places can include amusement parks, factories, houses, fallout shelters, sanatoriums, asylums, schools, and power plants.

Photography plays a large role in the popularity of the hobby but historical documentation has also become a factor as urban landscapes change ever more quickly over time.

Most of the places accessed during urban exploration are restricted which means that explorers are trespassing and could be prosecuted.

Who is the person behind

My name is Andre Joosse, born in 1975 in my hometown Goes. I’m a firefighter and a freelance photographer. As a child I always had the interest for industrial photography. Ever since my first visit to an abandoned shipyard near my home the adrenaline rush didn’t stop. Almost weekly I pack my camera gear to get out and visit the abandoned world.

Who took the photos?

This website is my solo project, there are no guest posts, all the photos shown are mine. The small pictures shown aside the text are old photos found on the internet. If you own copyright, please send me a message and i will give you credit.

Can I contact you?

Feel free to send me an email or message. You can email me at info[at] Or contact me by social media through Facebook. Please don’t ask for locations, if it’s not on my map, I won’t tell you where it is.

Can I join you on a trip?

I travel alone, but it’s always nice to meet new people. Drop me a message with your ideas and I let you know. I don’t take film students an a trip, sorry, but I get offers almost weekly.

take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints

All rights reserved © Andre Joosse aka I claim copyright protection for all materials on this website, all rights reserved. Photos may not be copied, reprinted, published, hosted or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit written permission.

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My Gear

This is the photo gear I use for my urban exploration trips:

Nikon D750 (2015 + 2017)

Nikon D800 (2012 †), Nikon D700 (2010-2012 †), Nikon D300 (2008), Nikon D70 (2005-2008 †)

Fuji X70 (2016)

Fuji X100 (2012 †)

Sony X100 V (2017)

For my Nikon DSLR’s i use the fllowing lenses:

Tamron 15-30 2.8, irix 11 4, Nikon 28-70mm 2.8, Nikon 20-35mm 2.8, Sigma 28 1.4 macro

Sigma 12-24mm (†), Nikon 18-70 DX (†), Tamron 28-70 (†)

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