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Discussion in 'Urban Exploration' started by Syckological, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Syckological

    Syckological is getting to know the place

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    When you take photos, should you or should you NOT include photos clearly showing your face on ANY social media platform. Why or why not.

    Me? I think it's 250% wrong that any sane person would show their face for any reason in places you're not supposed to go. Take only photos. If you're that desperate enough to show your body, block out your face and never post on personal social media. That's what has been contributing to multiple spots being demolished and patrolled lately. Between that and not wearing a mask in places that clearly would cause lung complications down the road, I think it's pitiful to see how many young kids are hopping on the "urbex" bandwagon for the sake of likes and not for the history that they hold.
     
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    This is true of really anything. Photos strip away context in a way that plays directly into a culture of spectacle. Nikon Kid for example romaticized the hobo life in an irresponsible way that attracted a large contingent of upper-middle-class tourists in the travel scene, because the rest of the story in each photo was not told. I would think urbex would be similar.
    I think social media is best avoided, in general, unless it directly correlates to a community in real life. That's why STP is cool.
     
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    Spider Tempura Hungry for Knowledge

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    Not everything abandoned is illegal to visit, but yea when on pvt land you probs shouldnt put evidence on the web. Personally while i love bandanas i wear something more robust when exploring, mainly due to potential asbestos and animal feces etc. Proper safety gear isnt all that expensive, something from harborfreight is better than nothing at all.
     
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    I doubt any legal repercussions will come from showing your face, and I don't think faces are the reason demolition/patrolling occurs.

    Personally, I don't care too much for urbex photos with me in them, but who cares if someone wants to be a little vain. Some people do go just for that photo op and abandoned backdrop, but does it really matter much? I imagine a social media post with the location disclosed that gains popularity could lead to problems, but just casual social media posting? I doubt it.

    What really leads to demolition/patrolling is dumbasses doing dumb shit and getting hurt or killed.
     
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    Depends on whether or not you have geotags / other identifying information regarding what you are in.

    If it's vague and the location isn't obvious(signs, particularly well known landmarks, shit that law enforcement / PI's / Concerned snitches would be able to easily identify) and you dont out right admit where it was you snuck into, it's kind of hard to get charged with a crime.

    If your breaking into active military shit or cruising around in unauthorized areas of airports / research labs, active city infrastructure that has power or telecom shit in it, that's something else, And I know of multiple people in the UE community who have landed prison time / been brought to private court for damages over photography that was placed in non private locations of the internet.
     
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