Hi! My name is Mike. I lived in Northern Ontario for most of my life until just a few years ago. I now call Southern Ontario my home, where exploring opportunities abound. I began actively exploring approximately 20 years ago (in 1999). I initially used a 35mm camera for my photography. I progressed to a point & shoot and finally a DSLR camera. I created the Ontario Abandoned Places website almost two decades ago to showcase my photography.
Talking Walls Photography is the branded name for my photography. This blog serves as a way of presenting you the photographs and stories of these beautiful places.
This page is by no means a professional photography page. I’m always aiming to improve my photography and that’s an ongoing process.
What is Urban Exploration?
Urban exploration is the hobby of exploring and documenting places that are generally off-limits to society. This might include rooftops, vacant hospitals, factories, prisons and houses. There’s a misconception that the hobby is illegal. This is only the case if you trespass in places you shouldn’t be. I follow the rule of take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.
What’s Ontario Abandoned Places?
OAP is my website for photographers to share abandoned places. The content comes from fellow explorers and access is granted to those we trust. If you’re interested in seeing the database, it can be found here.
My E-Book (it’s free, really)
How do you find these places? What are the legalities? what are some entry level locations? How do I purchase an abandoned house? All of these questions are answered in my E-Book titled “It’s Too Clean to be Abandoned“. Note that the book is in PDF format.
Is Urban Exploring legal?
You can read more than you’d ever want to know about the legalities of this hobby in my handy dandy Ontario Trespassing Guide.