Sneaking into abandoned buildings and filming urban decay may not be the newest trend, but the obsession with so-called “urban exploring” and “abandon porn” has skyrocketed alongside the widespread accessibility of social media.
Today, millions of viewers eagerly await the videos of intrepid explorers like Bob Thissen, who travel the world in search of abandoned power plants, coal mines, theme parks, hotels, and shopping malls. Thissen’s mission is archaeological: to document places where no one has set foot in years (or decades) and tell the story of their abandonment through found objects.
Often, Thissen’s videos show meals half-eaten, clothes hanging in closets, and machinery in working order left to rot for a variety of reasons: business failures, safety concerns, and even political revolutions.
This week on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST, Alli and Jen talk to Thissen about his thirst for adventure, sneaking into Kazakhstani space shuttle hangers, the Fukushima power plant, sleeping in creepy abandoned buildings, and how he films and funds his fascinating excursions.
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You can purchase Thissen’s books here, which also help fund his adventures.
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