My name is Lainey and I am the photographer and author of Derelict Ireland. In my spare time, I like to seek out and photograph derelict and abandoned buildings – all of which have an element of history to them. My home city, Dublin, is full of these buildings and I have managed to explore many to date which you can view here.
The main reason why there are so many is because during the early stages of the new millennium, the Irish government were (and still are) a group of greedy idiots who allowed bank corruption to result in the downfall of Ireland’s property market. These years tthat are sorely imprinted in Irish history are otherwise known as the Celtic Tiger years and the subsequent aftermath. Businesses and offices have been closing everywhere due to unpaid rent and loss of funds, half-built ghost estates have been abandoned and buildings with a huge amount of history behind them just left to rot – such as Bolands Flour Mills . So, whilst the new Irish government attempts to clean up the mess (by building even more new structures – where is the sense?), I enjoy taking advantage of these urban playgrounds and continue to photograph. I want my photos to portray the state that the former Irish government has left the capital city in – a mess. Dereliction has made many beautiful parts of the city look dilapidated, dirty and unwanted and encourages problems such as rats, pollution and drug use.
This is all going on while there are thousands of homeless Irish families, women, and children on our streets who desperately need a roof over their heads.
I do not necessarily encourage this hobby as it is extremely dangerous and one may find themselves in a sticky situation. You could be confronted by a drug user who might use dirty needles to hurt you, the floor might give way and you could injure yourself, your phone might die and you might be trapped inside a building, part of the roof may fall on top of you, a wild animal might bite or attack you etc. The list goes on and thankfully in the past six years of photographing these buildings I haven’t had any problems.
That’s not to say if you do decide to take part in ‘urban exploration’ be very careful. If you go on your own inform someone where and when you are going and always bring a fully charged phone, a torch and spare batteries. Here are a few helpful FAQ’s on urban exploration and photography.
Thanks for visiting my site and feel free to contact me if you need any advice or help.