Darmon Richter

Darmon Richter is a freelance writer and photographer; an experienced urban explorer and self-confessed dark tourist.

Profile trial 1800Richter’s interest in unusual and offbeat locales has taken him from the ghost cities of Inner Mongolia to the hell gardens of Southeast Asia; from the frozen conflict zones of the former USSR, to vodou temples in the Caribbean.

If you’re enjoying Richter’s work, then perhaps you’d consider checking out his sponsorship page on Patreon. It’s a platform that allows patrons to pledge a set donation per blog post – and in return gain access to private content such as unpublished photos, travel journals, ebooks, early content previews and more.

In addition to writing The Bohemian Blog, Richter also makes regular contributions to a number of websites and online journals; while his photography has been featured by news and media outlets including: The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Metro, Business Insider, The Telegraph, Stern and MSN.

Richter’s other current projects include Eternal Glory, a collection of interviews and photographs exploring the history of Bulgaria’s communist-era monuments, as well as a graphic novel based on the life of Grigori Efimovich Rasputin. Commencing in September 2015, he will also be offering guided tours around some of the lesser known attractions of Eastern Europe – you can find out more about that over on the Tours Page.

If you’re interested in commissioning an article or licensing photographs, then you can use the contact form on this site to send Darmon Richter a message. Academic, journalistic and personal enquiries are also welcome… but if you’re looking for entry details or co-ordinates for restricted locations, then you’re probably wasting your time.


Guest Articles

Cuba’s Abandoned Nuclear City (And the People Who Call it Home) | Foreign Affairs
The Essential Guide to Soviet Playgrounds | Atlas Obscura
Welcome to The World’s Largest Ghost City: Ordos, China | Gizmodo
What I Learned From 4 Years on The Road | Rupert Wolfe Murray
The Subterranean Secrets of 10 Major World Cities | Urban Ghosts
21 Examples of You-Fall-You-Die Photography with the World’s Most Insane Skywalkers | Matador Network
Freemasons of the Caribbean | Atlas Obscura
The Abandoned Headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party | Dark Roasted Blend
Here’s What it’s Like to Trespass Underneath and Above London | Business Insider


In the Press

When it Comes to Marijuana, North Korea Appears to Have Liberal Policy of Tolerance | The Huffington Post
In Pictures: A look Inside Abandoned Heyford US Air Force Base in Oxfordshire | The Telegraph
A Haunting Look at a Cold War-era Cuban Power Plant | New York Post
Urban Explorers Uncover Hidden Gems | The Sydney Morning Herald
Hidden Manchester: Urban Explorer’s Pictures of the City from the Rooftops and Tunnels | Manchester Evening News
An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria | io9
Haunting Pictures Reveal the Eerie Beauty of Chernobyl | BuzzFeed
Get a Peek at the World’s Biggest Ghost Town | Grist



What it’s like to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone | The Independent
Fantast in Focus: Darmon Richter | The Thinker’s Garden
Urban Exploration, Dark Tourism (French only) | Voyageurs du Net

Recent Posts

Midwinter Minsk: Socialist Modernism in the ‘Soviet Florida’

Getting lost in the Soviet architecture of a Belarusian Winter Wonderland.

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The Bad Place: Slime & Foreboding at the Grmeč Spomenpark in Bosnia

The abandoned Yugoslav monument where toads go to die.

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Postcards from Kupari: Visiting Croatia’s ‘Bay of Abandoned Hotels’

One afternoon, five abandoned Yugoslav-era hotels.

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