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Alberta Book: Photographs by George Webber

As an urban explorer who holds a love for urbex photography, I am continually on the lookout for works published by professional photographers. My wife and I often find ourselves at the nearby Indigo/Chapters store as she is an avid bookworm who easily manages to read at least 3-4 novels a month. While she browses I always end up gravitating towards the photography/fine arts section to see what’s new. I then quickly glance through the local interest section which generally has few titles that peak my interest. However, on one of our recent “book dates”, I came across a photography book by George Webber simply called Alberta Book. I must admit that I’ve never heard of Mr Webber but the cover photo certainly caught my attention.

The book contains over 200 color photographs of Webber’s work compiled over 40 years of photographing and exploring the many forgotten Alberta towns that dot the Canadian prairies. An abundance of pictures depicting deteriorating signs, abandoned buildings, an…

YouTube accused of promoting dangerous behavior

YouTube has been accused of promoting dangerous behavior by allowing vlogs that glamorize dangerous stunts posted by urban explorers. The article which appeared in today's Daily Mail in the UK focused on the death of 19 year old Thomas Rhodes, of Leicestershire County, who died last year when he fell from his death from an abandoned hotel.

Hallam Tower, where he fell, was a popular destination for urban explorers. A quick search on You Tube revealed its popularity among established urban explorers as well as very young adolescents. The hotel has since been destroyed but the question has been raised. Is YouTube promoting dangerous behavior? Several videos are mentioned in the article that depict explorations at locations where accidental deaths of other explorers have occurred.

Is Social Media sources, like YouTube, driving explorers to do dangerous things in the name of popularity and a "Thumbs-up"? What do you think?