BirminghamUrbex is a photo-blog dedicated to Urban Exploration and urban decay in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites. It may also be referred to as draining (when exploring drains) urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking.
The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and the possibility of arrest and punishment. Many, but not all, of the activities associated with urban exploration could be considered trespassing or other violations of local or regional laws, including—but not limited to—invasion of privacy and certain broadly-interpreted anti-terrorism laws.

Urban Exploration doesn't have a set rulebook to follow by, but here is etiquette I highly promote if you plan on getting involved. Although everything involved in Urbex isn't necessarily legal, try to keep it as legal as possible. Respect the area, take pictures, leave footsteps. Try to preserve the area so that those that come after you can have just as good of an experience.

~No Breaking and Entering.
Do not enter your destinations by breaking locks, breaking windows, breaking doors, etc.
~Do not vandalize the area
Leave graffiti for places where it will actually be seen.
~No theft
Come on now.
~Don't be stupid
Don't bring illegal substances with you, and stay safe.

Law Enforcement officials, property owners, and other people with jurisdiction are far more likely to be kind if all you have is a camera rather than drugs, a spray-paint can, and a gun.

If you are caught by anybody. Remain calm, explain what Urban Exploration is, and insure the person that you were not there to cause trouble. Having a camera on you can help a lot. When people realize that you are not behind a negative cause, they are much more lenient.

Remember, I am not responsible for anything this blog leads you to do.

Note of interest:
The pictures on this site are not necessarily to provide artistic views of the decay in Birmingham, but to give a good visual of what it looks like with a bit of artistic flair. We have expensive cameras, which makes us great photographers.

We find ways, and we usually won't tell you our ways
~Can you give me access details to (insert place here) so me and my buds can go get wasted?
~Can I come with you on your next trip?
Yes, we love having new members on board, if you want to come, shoot us an email at alabamaurbex@gmail.com
~This site is dumb/stupid/silly
That isn't a question

~Justin Stott

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