The Bohemian Blog

The Bohemian Blog is an alternative travel journal, dedicated to exploring the bizarre, the macabre and other secret wonders of the world.

A Brief History of The Bohemian Blog

It all started sometime around the end of 2011 – as an online platform for British freelance writer / photographer Darmon Richter. He uploaded his images from an abandoned mental asylum, and got a few positive comments. After that he shared stories about visiting ghost towns, disused factories and other urban ruins… and slowly, more people started paying attention.

Urban-Exploration-Urbex-Elena-Gara-Abandoned-Train-Station-End-of-the-Line-Bulgaria-17-DRA few months later, Darmon posted an article about visiting derelict communist-era monuments in Eastern Europe. An online magazine soon picked up the story, sending back tens of thousands of hits in the space of a few hours. The Internet had spoken – as it turned out, other people were interested in this kind of stuff too.

So Darmon got to work. He travelled more, took more photos, and shared more stories. To date, The Bohemian Blog has featured reports from across four continents – 20 countries and counting.

Darmon is particularly interested in the themes of dark tourism and urban exploration, although the articles collected here range from drug use in North Korea to esoteric architecture in the United States; and from bizarre restaurants through to breaking political news. Ultimately, Darmon Richter reserves the right to post about pretty much anything he decides is interesting enough to merit a feature.

All photography on this site is the author’s own work, excluding a small handful of posts which state otherwise (because cameras sometimes need a day off, too). Some names have been changed… for reasons that ought to be obvious.

The Bohemian Blog features no paid ads, no guest posts, no bought links and absolutely no agenda – political or otherwise. It has no corporate sponsors, although anyone interested in helping the site to grow can do so by supporting The Bohemian Blog on Patreon.

In short, The Bohemian Blog represents the handiwork of one travel-obsessed solo photographer, with a passion for the bizarre and a complete disregard for conventional comfort zones. 

On this website you’ll be able to browse articles in the timeline, explore locations on a world map or view projects in the photo gallery (coming soon).

If you’d like to use any of the images on this site, or if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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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