Dust tumbles from the caved ceilings. Ivy crawls under the shattered window, and perched on a bedraggled sofa sits a captivating bull terrier by the name of Claire. Her owner, Alice van Kempen, is a Dutch photographer with an enthusiasm for urban exploration, also known as Urbex. With Claire in tow, van Kempen discovers abandoned, eerie spaces, reclaimed by nature, from all over the world from Germany to Portugal to France. The photographer likes to maintain some light amidst the shadows, and it’s compiled with humour and heart into this awe-worthy book.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019