project background

Between August 2009 and September 2010 the 'Abandoned?' team travelled 39,000km through 24 European countries exploring, investigating and documenting abandoned places and the ways that they have been conserved, modified, recycled, occupied or forgotten.
The abandoned sites they have visited and documented have included nuclear missile bases, vast industrial areas, hospitals and mental asylums, ancient settlements, cinemas, synagogues, cave monasteries, submarine bases, museums, war zones, palaces, schools, whole towns, state farms and much more.
On their journey they met and interviewed people who conserve, reuse or study the reuse of abandoned places as well as those who picture them.

map of final route

Countries visited: Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium and U.K.

Prior to this journey they spent 6 months researching and planning the documentary film and photographic project, investigating interesting reuse projects and contacting those involved along with other experts. They also contacted many URBEX photographers asking for location ideas and sometimes to act as guides when visiting abandoned places. Many of these people invited the team into their homes, showed them places few people have seen and became very good friends.


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