About Me

A round-the-world trip after university fostered an obsession with travel which in turn sparked my love of photography – it all really began when I managed to capture this photo of a Hermit Crab in Caye Caulker, Belize back in 2004.

Whilst I love many forms of art I am largely rubbish at it myself – I have a singing voice once assessed by my childhood piano teacher as spanning roughly 3 notes an octave and a half below middle C, and it hasn’t got any better with age. I wouldn’t know which end to hold a paintbrush, and my attempts at drawing would embarrass a 5 year old. Whilst I profess no serious talent with photography, it does at least give me a creative outlet which produces results which (usually) don’t induce tears and reproach from my nearest and dearest or the viewing public in general.

I got into Urban Exploration in mid 2013, and my first unexpectedly successful explores were the inspiration to learn the basics required to design and create this blog. My site also underwent a slight revamp in April 2017 thanks to many hours of input from my brother-in-law Mark – thanks again mate!

I’ve shot with various cameras over the years, from the 3 megapixel compact which first got me hooked to my current main setup (from explores #57 onwards) of a Canon 5Dmk3 with 16-35mm L and occasional use of other lenses. I also use a Sony RX100M2 compact from time to time.

Location / Access information
I will never give out any information not already volunteered in my posts. Such information is deliberately withheld to protect such locations from unwanted attention and the theft and vandalism which occurs with depressing frequency.

My advice to anyone thinking of getting into Urban Exploration is to get out there and do it – just make sure you take the necessary safety precautions and know your limits (even if you decide to push them!). Each of us has the freedom and power to define what it is we want out of such a pastime – be that climbing up cranes, wading through sewers, or admiring the peeling paint in an asylum’s corridors.

For a comprehensive and brilliantly-written introduction to Urban Exploration, I would definitely recommend having a look at my good friend Urban X’s website, and his FAQs.

Thanks for looking, and any (constructive) feedback always appreciated and gratefully received.

Adam X


  1. I like your work – good job on both the finding of locations and the image captures.

  2. Hi Adam, we briefly met over a beer in a bedroom in Belgium last weekend! Excellent blog. I look forward to reading the one from Belgium. All the best. Lex

  3. Hi. Exceptional work – I have located an image I believe to be yours and would like to use it as a header for my WordPress site please. Could you contact me.

  4. I have a question. You were in Granthotel Atlantis, Germany, but I can not found the place of hotel. Do you have GPS location? Thanks for answer.

  5. Beautiful work. If I ever need some locations for a post apocalyptic zombie film I am coming your way!

  6. Hi, Adam, beautiful pictures, really like them. I would like to use one of them in my master thesis. what are your copyright details ? Many thanks!

  7. Hi Adam, love the site! I live in Gray’s , Essex and there is an abandoned cinema you might be interested in ,It opened in 1938 as one of the most modern cinemas of its type at the time with seating for 2200 people. The cinema officially closed in 1988 but has held numerous events since including being used as a nightclub, however the building has now fallen into disrepair and is no longer in use.

    It apparently still has the original pipe organ that use to rise out of the floor

    Thought it might of be of interest to you


  8. Beautiful, just wish I could zoom in. I only have a phone and bad eyes, so I can’t see the detail at all. Someday, hopefully, I will be able to get a computer to view them. I love your work though and am heartened by your respect of these properties, thank you for helping me ‘visit’ them with you. ❤

  9. I love your passion and thanks for posting this beautiful photos. I am from Poland and I admit I did not realized how many castles and palaces we have. Thank you .

  10. I am loving all your photos. I’m missing being able to get out and explore but you are giving me lots of inspiration for when this isolation is over. Wonderful images. Thank you.

  11. hey i have just read you explore report on the chateau verdure. i am fascinated in the chateau verdure, and i loved you photos on the building. i have be trying to read up on the history of the building but i haven’t gotten very far. every report or article says something different. i know some when a married couple moved in and after a couple of years living there the wife had a car accident,and die from her injuries in the house, and ever since then its apparently been haunted but apart from that i don’t know much, so i was wounding if you know any history at all about this beautiful house.

    thank you xx

  12. Love the site, photos and sense of humour Adam
    My band are desperately looking for a cool location to shoot a music video, was hoping you could recommend something? Doubt it would be as cool as these places but….
    Band members are spread across Nottingham and Norfolk so ideally somewhere around those but beggars can’t be choosers and if we have to travel a couple of hours so be it….
    Only snag is we’ll need to be able to get permission, it’ll take a full day so we can’t sneak in before Michael the security guard kicks us out!
    Cheers regardless

  13. Hi – just discovered your work when I was searching for Elvanfoot stained glass. I have been compiling a list of the stained glass windows of Willie Wilson and he did the 3 windows you photographed in the redundant church of three young men who died in the war. Did you take any other pictures or just the ones online? It seems that there are no colour pictures of them apart from yours.

    • Hi Rona – I think just the ones in my report, but I’ll check and let you know if i do have any others. Glad it was of interest!

  14. Just came upon your pics. in Ireland; I do so wish could’ve been there to experience all of this
    If I were able would ask to join you on your Jaunts. Alas am now a sr. citizen/ 70 and very out of shape!
    Even worse, am now on fixed income and no way would budget allow
    Have always wanted to go to Ireland and see it for myself as my late sig. other was part Irish
    Well done and hope to see more of your “wanderings”

  15. Adam, I just wanted to drop a note letting you know how much I enjoyed browsing your photographs, they’re absolutely stunning. I’m an architect and as such I am constantly dealing with buildings and structures when they are just “new borns”…everything is so clean and sterile, with fresh coats of paint and not a spec of dust… It’s good work but I find the majority of modern architecture lacks the character possessed by the vast majority of dilapidated buildings you photograph. Buildings were so much more ornate back in the day… I think I was born in the wrong era…Anyways, keep up the excellent work! Will have to come back every once and a while to check out your latest visits.

    • Hi Alex, thank you so much – as you will have seen my blog has been mothballed for the last year or so due to other life commitments, but I intend to add some new content soon! Best wishes, Adam

  16. Hi Adam, I doing a book about a long trip by motorbike. Can I by the photo: old train in Budapest, for it? Best regards, Heico

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