These spectacular photos aren’t your average hobby snaps.
Then again, urban exploration isn’t your average hobby.
These shots from some of Huddersfield’s once iconic buildings have a beauty of their own.
And it’s that beauty – and curiosity about the town’s faded history – that attracts urban explorers.
Urban exploration, or ‘urbex’, isn’t a new pastime but it is often illegal and for that reason practitioners remain in the shadows.
However, the photos they capture don’t remain hidden. Just type ‘urbex’ or ‘urban exploration’ into Google and you’ll find thousands of amazing images from proud urban explorers.
Huddersfield and West Yorkshire has a healthy urbex scene.
And these snaps from Cellars Clough Mills, Marsden; Newsome Mills; Acre Mills, Lindley Mills – before it was converted – and from the roof of the former St Peter’s Building, now a car park, prove local explorers’ enthusiasm and photographic skills.
But to join an exploration team you’ll need to earn their trust.
Ben and his friends have been exploring abandoned buildings as well as tunnels and underground sites for four years.
He said: “It’s about building trust and from people’s pictures (online) you can see where they’ve been and what they’ve done.”
As well as being illegal, urbex contains other risks.
The buildings may be unsafe and explorers sometimes discover unsavoury activities.
Ben said: “We’ve come across people sleeping rough, people taking drugs and burglars but we get out of there safely.
“We wouldn’t go in somewhere if we knew something was going on and we know they’re there before they know we’re there.”
While trespass is illegal, urban explorers are keen to distinguish themselves from criminals.
They follow a code which forbids breaking into properties – an entry route must already exist.
And urban explorers must not damage properties or leave them open to attacks by vandals and burglars.
Ben said: “You don’t ever break into anywhere; it’s just not done. We’re not criminals, we’re just interested.
“We carry a lot of expensive gear in and we don’t take anything out that isn’t ours.”
While urbex is a niche activity, explorers are a gregarious bunch.
Ben said: “Everyone knows what we get up to. It’s quite a social thing and it’s a way of experiencing things you don’t normally experience.”
See more Huddersfield urban exploration at mrbeady.wordpress.com.
Entering a property without the owner’s permission is illegal.
It may result in arrest, a fine or injury.