Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia

Photography Blogger is pleased to share Andre Govia’s work, publication of Abandoned Planet. Govia pulls back the shadows and guides readers through a mysterious world of dark corridors, decaying chambers, and abandoned estates. This stunning collection of Govia’s legendary work includes hauntingly beautiful photographs of abandoned hospitals, schools, houses, hotels, asylums, and more. Govia also take the time to address a few questions as well.

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Andre Govia has spent the past 15 years establishing himself as one of the most pioneering urban exploring photographers of his time. He has visited over 22 countries and 800 locations on a quest to document the Narnia of global urban decay left behind by the march of time.

Beyond the clean lines of modern life, urban explorers hunt for the ever-growing dead spaces of the urban world; where the mountains of debris pile up behind our ‘progress’, bearing eerie testament to the inevitable triumph of decay.

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet, Andre’s first book, is an eerie, thought provoking and haunting collection of images. Having explored a myriad of individual locations, Andre takes us on a journey behind the facade of abandoned buildings to discover the hauntingly beautiful discoveries within.

And a Dummy Will Lead Them by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

And a Dummy Will Lead Them by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Andre took the time to answer some questions about his work and his thoughts on urban exploration. Read his answers below.

Do you have a favorite country or type of location you like to shoot?
Well, I do prefer abandoned schools, manor houses and hospitals. The fact that someone has had an important time there or even a bad time there adds to the history and the magic within the location. Just imagine going back to your old school if it was all full of decay and looking around at places you once remembered as safe and welcoming. The same goes for manor houses and hospitals.

What’s your favorite location in Abandoned Planet?
I have a few but again public places and places like the abandoned car grave yard are special to me as I like them and get a great buzz from being inside them and exploring them.

What’s the spookiest thing you’ve encountered while exploring sites to shoot?
I am not so much into the whole ghost thing and I have been in lots of mortuaries and even slept in sanatoriums to get good light in the morning, but one hotel I once explored very much bothered me and the other members of the crew to a point that we were uneasy with our surroundings. That’s all I am prepared to say about that exploration apart from that we won’t be going back in a hurry.

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

How did you get started shooting abandoned sites?
It all started when I was exploring locations in the UK without the need or idea to take photos. Soon the locations were burnt down or demolished and the magic was gone forever, in my view. I then was given a camera from a friend who found it and began to document my findings within the abandoned buildings before they went away forever.

What do you think about the future of urbex in light of its growing popularity?
Urban exploration has been around for years and we all looked at an old house or factory when we were kids and wanted to have a look inside out of curiosity. The difference now is we have a name. There will always be people interested in abandoned locations or being somewhere that they should not be. The real urban explorer taking photos is not the problem—it’s the vandals who don’t respect places and are only there to damage what is left.

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

Abandoned Planet by Andre Govia, PhotographyBlogger.net

For more information on Andre Govia’s Abandoned Planet publication please visit here.




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Ari Rasku
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i am seriously fascinated by this ! i will try and find out more about this great photorapher ! also i would like to share these works from a Japanese photo-artist with you: http://smart-magazine.com/space/substance-style/
I hope that it inspires you as well !

Jay Long
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Stunning, awesome images with a great back story. Lovin’ it.

Anthony rampersad
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Great work and great vision, being able to see the shots in places and things we’d normally think of as discarded.

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