A cold wind whistles through a crack in the boarded-up window of the old house now abandoned and forever waiting out the years. 

It was once a place where the laughter and cries of children echoed throughout the halls, but now it stands silent and empty. That emptiness is briefly broken by the presence of a human being entering the sacred site. Standing precariously on the rotting wood beneath her feet, Bianca listens to the house breathing while her eyes grow used to the darkness. The house has become a shrine to the long-lost souls now forgotten and faded like the peeling wallpaper. She studies the markings left behind by vandals, street kids and artists with a desire to deface or reinvigorate an abandoned interior. It’s a moment etched in her mind’s eye. 

Bianca is young, intelligent and pragmatic. She possesses an otherworldly-old-soul sort of a quality with an appreciation for history, architecture and all things abandoned. There’s a Facebook page and a documentary dedicated to her fascination with urban exploration. Based in Brisbane, Bianca is a unique and interesting post-modern thinker with an eye for detail and classic irreverence. These disused outposts are a place for her to escape, to immerse herself in the memories and the echoes of bygone eras.

Speaking about the ideology behind her Facebook page, Bianca touches on the subject of the page becoming her ‘own worst enemy’. 

“The Abandoned Brisbane page was started to basically make urbex more accessible to people who weren’t part of any organised groups,” she explains. 

“There are obviously people watching the page with different motives, and as more people become aware of a location it does tend to deteriorate.

“I’m reluctant to revisit anywhere I know had valuables or antiques inside, and have now stopped posting external photos of those places, which is disappointing because I’m just as interested in the architectural aspect as I am about what’s inside.”

What drives someone to express themselves through the desecration of another’s property is a fair question to ask, but therein lies the quandary around what is art and what is vandalism. 

These abandoned wastelands and shrines are ripe for the picking and in the eyes of the creator it’s a blank canvas waiting to be filled with expressive notions of egocentric entitlement, paranoia-induced conspiracy theories or wildly misunderstood abandonment. 

“I don’t document when a place has been trashed because I sometimes feel semi-responsible and would prefer the images to reflect how I found it initially,” Bianca tells me, reflecting on the popularity of her Facebook page and the subsequent butterfly effect. 

Read the full Urban Abandonment story in the latest issue of No Cure 'Graffiti & Urban Exploration' on sale now available at your local news agent or through our online store.




mark ZeidlerComment