I am a member of the UE Magazine online community, where urban explorers can share images and stories of their adventures, and meet like-minded people from around the world. In November 2011, around Thanksgiving, I entered a few photos for the First Annual Turkey Shoot Explorers Contest, which was for best shots of a residential/house explore. I knew that I had a few good photos from Manor House ‘B’, a little-known property somewhere in the English countryside, so posted these up to the site not expecting to win, but hoping that other members would enjoy seeing them, as indeed I did looking at the other submissions. However, I was surprised and obviously very pleased when the magazine’s Founder Gerv messaged me some time later to tell me that I had won, and that my photos would be published in the second issue of the magazine. I must have got my wires crossed that day, because when I received my copy in the post today I found that I was in it – in the very first issue of UE Magazine which is bound to become something of a collector’s item!
Printed on good quality paper with a semi-gloss finish, the magazine is 72 pages crammed with many full page photographs (excellent reproduction) as well as smaller images, including details of how the shot was achieved, interviews with members Andre Govia, Avatar-X, Midnight Digital, King Krush and Gerv himself, plus technical information on exposure bracketing, gear spotlight, new contests to enter and more. It is a magazine written by members for members, and the aim is for it to be published four times a year, and if it continues as it has begun then I think it will be a valuable and enjoyable resource for all those that love Urban Exploration.
If you would like to purchase your own copy, it is available here in either hard copy or digital format, and for those explorers amongst you the Facebook page may also be of interest. These pages are reproduced with kind permission from Gerv at UE Magazine and remain copyrighted.
The front cover of Issue 1, featuring a photograph by Andre Govia