I go looking for abandoned industrial buildings and decay because they make for good photos. In fact I spent most of yesterday afternoon riding around east of Manchester on the lookout for ruins and old signs (photos to come soon). I’ve never got up the nerve to do much urban archaeology and actually poke around inside the buildings, as some do. On the other hand, given the money, I could see myself visiting Pripyat and Chernobyl. I don’t know if I could bring back such good photos as Tim Suess did from his recent visit.
(I’ve got an idea for a film/comic script which would have a prologue in an abandoned Soviet science city. Picture sets such as this will make great photo reference.)