Photographer Wigo Worsseling is an Urban Explorer and is always hunting for faded glory; an old premises of which the exterior screams to be explored and photographed inside. Is it abandoned? Can I get in? Is it safe and without any security on guard?
An entrance is found, nothing indicates the presence of people. Walls are peeled, ceilings have collapsed, glass is on the floor and the stale smell of decaying wood enters your nose. Daylight tries to seep in and creates a spectacle of shadows. You wonder what it once has looked like. The camera is set up, the hunt is on! The term Urban Exploration which, in fact, means ‘exploring and investigating development’ is also called ‘Urbex.’
Photographers are constantly looking for traces of history to capture these in all their faded glory. During Wigo Worsseling’s training at the School of Photography he got more and more involved in Urbexand met other Urbex photographers. The Urbex photographers from this period were pioneers and kept the scene underground as much as possible. This hard-core group of photographers enforced an important rule: Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.
Beautiful and sensitive locations are now kept secret within this group and only shared with a select few, in order to protect them from harm. It all started as an exciting adventure when Wigo Worsseling first visited an abandoned factory 10 years ago. Now, 200 locations on, he can look back on a period in which he had the privilege to enjoy the beauty of decay. In this book you will find a selection of his photographs taken in various European countries between 2009 and 2015.
Exploring urban secrets
30 x 30 x 1,7cm