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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Urban Exploration Photography Question (Viewed 528 times)
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Urban Exploration Photography Question
< on 7/20/2012 2:39 AM >
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I went through all the threads I could find on here and didn't see one that addressed this topic and it's something I've been wondering about for quite some time so I figured I'd make one. I know that some people just take photos just to take them and show them online at forums like this or on flickr or whatever. However, I know there are also people who are more serious about photography. I've heard people mentioning selling them and I've seen some people with them in their professional portfolios.

The question that this makes me ponder is: can you get in trouble for this? I mean, If I were to post photos here, even if I said exactly where they were it's not as big of a deal because there's still a level of anonymity. However, if I make a professional portfolio website with my name attached to it and display or sell pictures and someone, say the owner of the property for example, were to recognize them, could they do anything about it? Would there be any way for them to press any kind of charges? I've never heard of anything like this happening, but I'm just curious if there's any kind of ramifications to being so open with your photography.

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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 1 on 7/20/2012 3:07 AM >
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If they had a time machine, yes. Or they could watch their property at the right second to identify you on your return visit and give you the same arrest as if it was your first time.

I think generally if you're not caught red handed it's not trespassing and most places have active fish to fry. I have however heard of some extremely high risk places where that doesn't apply and that explorers were tracked down about it. If this is true it's in regards to places where security matters--IE a location near me that happens to be right near a nuclear submarine. Not some collapsing building that they're going to demolish when they can afford it.
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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 2 on 7/20/2012 3:35 AM >
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Some time back I posted photos of a local mine on a different forum. Unfortunately I included the mine name (pretty common on that forum). I recently received an email from a guy who claims to be the owner telling me that I was trespassing and that he would get law enforcement involved. I explained that I honor "no trespassing" signs but that his site was not posted. I also pointed out that it is a very frequently visited mine, not just by me. I have not had the opportunity to go back there to see if he actually put up signs. It's too bad really because it's a really good local mine.

So, I would say that you can absolutely take the photos but if you are concerned about getting busted, you might want to be careful that the photos you post don't really give away the location. I live in Las Vegas and we deal with odds all the time. Odds are you will be just fine. Of course there is always the chance you won't... Me? I'd go for it.

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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 3 on 7/20/2012 5:59 AM >
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They also can't prove when it was taken unless there is some major give away.
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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 4 on 7/20/2012 12:56 PM >
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Abby has a good point I forgot about--security does sometimes scan this site to see who's been getting in. Rare, but sometimes even just one obvious set can potentially get a place sealed up or it'll increase their presence. There's a few places where I don't even post exteriors just so that only people who've already been in can figure it out.

Beyond that, every idiot newbie will try to go and get busted. Then you're sealed for certain.

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They also can't prove when it was taken unless there is some major give away.


They also can't prove you didn't just google rip it off unless you're in it and they know undoubtedly what you look like.
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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 5 on 7/21/2012 12:40 AM >
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It depends where you are. I know in Canada there is a 6 month limitation meaning that if you get caught 6 months after your trespass, the police cannot do anything unless they REALLY want to and get a court order to have that limitation increased.

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Re: Urban Exploration Photography Question
<Reply # 6 on 7/21/2012 3:35 AM >
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Interesting. Thanks for the feedback guys!

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