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Derelict buildings as a tourist purpose: industrial tourism in Russia
August 5, 2009 16:48


If you are sick and tired of the traditional types of the tourist services and you want to see something unexpected and even ambiguous and dangerous, you can join the people, who are found of visiting and making pictures of the derelict buildings or even cities. In Russia they call these industrial tourists stalkers, but it is not absolutely correct. Stalkers, called so in honor of the hero of the famous  Andrei Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker”, are initially guides to the dead city of Pripyat, near the infamous nuclear power plant of Chernobyl (Ukraine) and prohibited and abnormal areas like that. The people, who examine and photograph derries, are not principally interested in that the objects they visit are abnormal, they simply should be left by the people. There are some things to have in mind to provide your safety and not only your.

1. Purposes. First of all, the visit to the derelict building means only the visit. You should not try to take something with you or try to destroy the constructions of the building or something inside it. The main purpose of such expeditions is simply to feel the atmosphere of the house, factory or school, left by the people and living its own life. Making photos is the way to fix this strange little world without people to share the thoughts and emotions it causes with the others, if you want. As for me, it looks beautiful sometimes, and always unexpected. For example, the entrance hall of the hospital flooded with the green water and turned into the pond. You can try to become a part of the zone, left by the people recently or long ago. The second fall is something like time machine.

2. Confidence. You should not share the information about the precise location of the object you have visited in the internet. The crowds of people, mainly unequipped, would flow to the object, and the consequences would be unpredictable: at best, the object could be ruined very soon because the derelict buildings are very unstable; at the worst the visitors would seriously hurt. Moreover, the object, being secured, could become absolutely inaccessible for the further visits.

 

3. Dangers. The derelict buildings are rather crisp. The visitors should remember it, moving inside the building. Secondly, other people can also be in the building, and they could be everyone, from other stalkers to tramps, punks, or even Satanists, using the derelict buildings for the worship. You should be ready to meet somebody at the object and keep together with your team. Some people prefer to make expeditions alone, but most stalkers recognize the team variant is safer. Yes, you should be ready to any surprises. Special equipment like special clothes, boots, flash light and even radio sets let you and all the team to minimize the consequences of the possible wakeners.

All in all, the industrial tourism like that is a dangerous hobby, especially in the foreign land. This hobby is not for everybody, but it gives some exclusive possibilities to see the seamy side of life and the places where the people’s time has stopped. As for me, such expeditions can help the people to realize their role in the system of nature, which lives according to its own rules, turning the former houses and factories into the objects and zones, indifferent or even antagonistic to them.

Source:
    stalkportal
lurkmore.ru


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