Urban Exploration

Urbex is not popular at all in Hong Kong. Hongkongers have no concepts about urbex. They think those places are dirty, smelly and dangerous. They do not understand why there are people going to this kind of places. However, one can find immortal beauty at abandonments that cannot be found anywhere else in the city- this is the part excites me.

In the autumn of 2010, I was invited by a friend to go urbex with her in Japan. It was my first urbex ever. I found it really interesting to see how people lived and worked in the past with observation from the furniture, style and stuff left behind. But this does not interest me the most.

The most interesting part is the paradox of time. I believe that time does not exist. It is merely a concept, an illusion and a tool. Imagine, if there was only you in this world, did you need time actually? Without human beings, there would be no "time". "Time" stops at abandonments, which are out of time. Yet, when I go to these places, the "time" there is running again. And I use my camera to capture the "time", the moment.

"It is you who are moving, not time. Time has no movement. There is only One Moment. At some level you deeply understand this, that is why, when something really magnificent or significant occurs, you say it is as if 'time stands still.' It does."~Bashar


  1. I think Hongkongers would like urbex if they knew about it - www.facebook.com/hkurbex

  2. Great post! Thanks you so much for the share. It is indeed a helpful one.
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