I’m posting from the road this week. I’m just on a little trip seeing some of the sites that are close to me, but really too far to drive there and back in a day.
Today I did a bit of rural-exing – exploring barns and such. I’m always in awe of the way nature starts taking over almost immediately after humans abandon a structure. I love all the textures that come from weathering, exposure to the elements
This week, the challenge is to go out and…
If you’re thinking of going urban-exing or rural-exing this week, remember safety is Rule One. I’ll do rural-exing by myself since I grew up in he country and feel I can handle any of the critters I might encounter – though by “handle” I generally mean “avoid”.
We could smell skunk at the last place I went with a friend and we wouldn’t want to trip over a board and starle the poor thing. So, we moved very carefully and quietly away from the oder.
Urban-exing is a whole ‘nother thing. I only go with an experienced go up or stay on the outside – plenty of good decay shots on the outside. So far I’ve been lucky and not encountered any human animals, but that’s always a possibility.
In both cases remember the structure is turning to dust maybe directly under your feet and avoid any structurally-dodgy areas.
Mostly, I stick to the textures I can find without (too much) trespassing. In fact, I have a nice and growing photographic collection of “No Tresspassing” signs.
This week, look for weathered wood, peelings paint, overgrown structures and see the beauty that’s there under all that decay.