My name is Lainey and I am a freelance photographer and journalist living in Ireland. In my spare time, I like to seek out derelict buildings, houses, offices, warehouses etc and take cool and exciting photographs. My home city, Dublin, is full of these buildings and I have managed to explore many to date.
The main reason why there are so many is because during the early stages of the new millennium, the Irish government (which has since been changed) were a group of greedy idiots who allowed bank corruption to result in the downfall of Ireland’s property market. These years that are sorely imprinted in Irish history are otherwise known as the Celtic Tiger years. Subsequently, business have been closing everywhere, buildings have been left unoccupied due to unpaid rent, ghost estates have been abandoned and companies have moved to cheaper premises leaving the old one behind. So, whilst the new Irish government attempts to clean up the mess, I enjoy taking advantage of these urban playgrounds and continue to photograph. Not only do I enjoy the thrill of the act but I also want my photos to portray the state that the former Irish government has left the capital city in.
Dereliction has made many beautiful parts of the city look dilapidated, dirty and unwanted and encourages problems such as rats, pollution and drug use. I hope you all like my photographs and feel free to comment with any questions or feedback.
Lastly, 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 might 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.
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.