If you like urban exploration you should check out Malta. With lots of abandoned buildings all across the island, you won’t be disappointed. This Sunday I took my own advice, and this is what I found.
The G7X II, myself, and an abandoned building
What do you do when your better half is abroad?
All the things he or she doesn’t want to do with you of course!
In my case that was catching up on all the latest super hero movies, and more importantly: doing some low level law breaking in the form of urban exploration. I’ve haven’t done much urban exploration in my life – a little undergrounding in Oslo, but that’s about it. But either way, it’s always fascinating to see what’s inside a place that was left behind by humanity many years ago. Last Tuesday I went to one of those places, and I brought my Canon G7X II with me.
Close to where I live is this abandoned building that I’ve been walking past for months, and every time I’ve passed it, I’ve wanted to go inside and explore. Up until this Tuesday I let the barred windows, locked doors and high fences stop me, but after checking out the surrounding area I found a gap in the fence and an open window in the back building. Bingo.
With people walking by outside I tried to be as quiet as possible, while making my way around the many hallways and rooms. This quickly proved to be hard as large areas of the floor were completely covered in shattered glass from the broken windows of the hallways. With me i had the aforementioned Canon G7X mark II, with which I snapped away happily. With it’s 24mm equivalent lens at the wide end (in 35mm terms) and maximum aperture of f/1.8 the little camera actually did a pretty respectable job in my opinion.
The different rooms
I only got to check out the first floor of the building, as the second floor could only be accessed from the outside – which was shut of. I did however get to see the entirety of the first floor. It largely comprised of large open areas connected to each other via long hallways, with the odd smaller room throughout. I even found a bedroom.
There were two main hallways in the building, that together stretched across the whole length of it, with windows looking into all the other, bigger areas. This made it feel almost hospital-like, even if there weren’t many other signs of it being a hospital. Either way it was really fascinating to wander around and take in all the details. Like the massively burned door, the old chairs of which only their metal frames were left, and the crumbly, cold concrete walls.
Are you into urban exploration? If so, I would love to hear about your best finds in the comment section below!