Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Dave is one of the world’s most renowned photographers of urban exploration. He has won every prestigious photography award in existence. LOL, OK, OK, enough of this nonsense and third person talk! Clearly I am writing this myself! My pictures are good in my opinion but they aren’t that great that I have writers writing for me! Nobody knows who I am and the only award I have, well, I don’t have any awards. But I gather I wasn’t fooling you… This is my About Me page so I have to write something, but who the heck really cares anyway, so why not call myself the greatest? It boils down to me being a big geek with a camera, I clearly don’t take myself too seriously, and I use the word photographer rather loosely. But I do love photography and urban exploration, and the two are a perfect combination when it comes to appreciating and capturing the beauty of abandonment and decay.
I started “taking pictures” with an interest using my iPhone towards the end of 2013. It’s really amazing what you can do with that little camera and the incredible apps that are available for mobile photography now! I was into the editing process because it let me be really creative with the photos. Right about then I came across photos of abandoned places, some really grand places like castles and villas in Europe and things like asylums here in the states. I don’t even remember how I came across them. In January of 2014 I went for my first explore to a local asylum with my trusty iPhone. It was an amazing experience! From that point on I was hooked! I bought my first DSLR camera that month and knew what my photography was going to be focused on. Over that next month or two, I met a local explorer who’s work really inspired me on Instagram. I had the opportunity to meet him at a showing he put on about urban exploration and showcasing his urban photography. I also had the pleasure of meeting one of his friends, also an explorer. From that point on, I have become great friends with both and we all explore regularly together these days.
Urbex for me is all about combining my passion for photography, enjoying the adventures with friends, discovery, and sometimes danger of exploring. There is an eerie peacefulness to it and I find great solace in it. It’s being in places where most will never step foot in, where most would never go, and where most tell you you shouldn’t be… It’s admiring and appreciating the beauty in decay and abandonment. It’s about history and traveling back in time to places long forgotten. The beauty, the architecture, the artifacts found left behind telling stories of people’s lives and better times, this is what exploring is all about.
With my photography and exploring, I hope to be able to capture and share the history, beauty, and stories these long lost and forgotten places have to reveal. Where society and time have moved on, explorers will remain to keep them from dying in the shadows and ruin where they’ve been left. I have a camera, I have abandonment issues… I am an urban explorer.
Bahaha… that last line sounds kinda cheesy, so be it! Anyway, that’s a little bit about me when it comes to urban exploration. I appreciate you stopping by my site and hope you will enjoy the locations and photos I display here!
Follow along through photos as you travel to places long forgotten and lost in time. Enjoy a glimpse into a world few get to see. Within the lonely walls of these silent standing structures, one can almost hear the whispering echoes of people from the past. Many places tell a story. Artifacts, old photos, objects, clothes, personal items, letters, all that’s left behind, paints a picture of once was. You never know what you will find around the next corner, behind a door, or in an old chest. The mind can run wild as you imagine what was. Wind sounds differently, shadows move strangely, noises grasp your imagination and deceive. Whether it be adventure, excitement, mystery, or something else, there is an allure that beckons the urban explorer. One thing that is common amongst all explorers, there is a deep appreciation for the beauty in decay and abandonment.