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The Urbex Trend Took Over Instagram

04/06/2015 01:32 pm ET | Updated Jun 06, 2015

Artists have started to explore new areas which are away from urban or industrial hubs, or areas which are abandoned. This trend is starting to gather momentum due to artist's search for places where they can show a different perspective. Find out who they are.

It's like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, however, the scenery is more alternative. This urban exploration, also called Urbex or UE, aims to show the places which have been forgotten, lost or abandoned. It's about strolling along the city in search of architectural and visual treasures in order to publish them through a good photograph.

Industrial areas, abandoned factories, empty hospitals, uninhabited buildings in addition to the places we see every day but shown from a very special viewpoint. It also means running risks, snooping around where nobody does, peering into those forbidden or unused places. The UE tries to highlight the beauty of the places above and for the last years, Instagram has become the ideal stage for artists who are trying to consolidate this style in photography.

The Urbex photographers' creativity impresses us because they have a completely different perspective to that which our eyes are used to. As a result, if you don't want to miss this new trend, we're showing you the 10 instagrammers who you can't be oblivious of.

A photo posted by @ecolephoto on

The classic London clouds invade @ecolephoto's photographs, which portray the city from the most unimaginable perspective. The skyscrapers and the streets abound in this urban photographer's work, which dips into the railway tracks to show us a London which we are not used to.

A photo posted by trash (@trashhand) on

A lit up darkness of the underground tracks in Paris, that's what @trashhand shows us but this photography highlights an Urbex concept: showing the bright side of the dark one, showing the wonderful aspects of the forgotten places. Giving life to what it is now uninhabited is maybe the most amazing aspect of this photographic style, which @trashhand recreates perfectly.

A photo posted by @mattdoscher on

Bridges, ways, railway tracks. If @mattdoscher shows us anything, it is that everything is necessary to move forward and to walk and explore. As it is said, many times, the way is more beautiful than the destination itself and @mattdoscher's photography does justice to the height of roads. Enjoy the ride.

A photo posted by 13thwitness (@13thwitness) on

There isn't an angle or place that @13thwitness doesn't use to show another profile of a big metropolis. Suddenly and, even if we don't see it, our city may prove to be a great mix of colors, huge skyscrapers and heights, which place us in another perspective. An Urbex referent in Instagram, @13thwitness dazzles us with a style which places the urban at the centre of the scene.

A photo posted by Adam Elkins (@bigmanjapan) on

Between shadows and debris. It could be a part of a horror movie or a TV series about organized crime but @bigmanjapan provides us with another viewpoint. It's all about those abandoned places which every city has and which nobody wonders about, not its present, not its future. Giving life to those places and making them visible is transforming them into art.

A photo posted by @insighting on

A play of diagonal lines is what always or - almost always - appears in his photography. If we stop to stare at these photographs, we'll discover a road to tread on and our eyesight will get lost in these photographs. @insighting highlights the geometric and the mundane in his images with unique shots.

A photo posted by @jamiebettsphoto on

Earth colors, which are rusty and dark abound in this photography which gives us the impression that the sky is always grey. @jamiebettsphoto seeks to highlight the dichotomy between the beautiful and the scary, between the past and the present in order to take us to a swinging movement which will make us reflect.

A photo posted by mono (@monodelespacio) on

People in the city but in a city which is colored grey and blue. There's something in
@monodelespacio's photography which takes us to the future but which also reminiscences about the past. An abandoned car in a train which becomes art when it's inhabited, it's a past that becomes the future.

A photo posted by irby 🎣 (@stevesweatpants) on

Colours, graffiti, night and urban life, four elements which are never missing in @stevesweatpants's photography. As a cat walking across the roofs of a city, this photography mixes the current New York style with a global vision to take us to the city that never sleeps immediately.

A photo posted by Ryan Parrilla (@novess) on

From the peak of a building to below the earth. @novess captures scenes more than places, @novess tells stories through these images which are difficult to erase from our memory. A corridor may become the ideal background for our imagination to fly if it's shot by @novess.