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 travel 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… slowly, more people started paying attention.

About The Bohemian BlogA few months later, Darmon posted an article about a derelict communist-era monument 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 – 30 countries and counting.

Darmon will post stories about pretty much any subject that interests him (it could be political protests in the Balkans one week, then ancient folk festivals the next).

The Bohemian Blog does focus on a number of recurring themes, however. Darmon is particularly interested in the idea of Monumentalism – usually in relation to the art and architecture of 20th century communist regimes. He writes about different modes of travel too, engaging with locations through processes of Dark Tourism, Urban Exploration and Psychogeography.

All photography on this site is the author’s own work, excluding a small handful of images which are labelled 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.

On this website you’ll be able to browse articles in the Timeline, explore locations on a World Map or view stand-alone projects in the Photography Gallery. You can even join Darmon for an adventure on one of his Tours.

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

The Pyramid, Bunkers & Purple Concrete of Communist Albania

An introduction to the totalitarian architecture of Tirana, Albania.

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Midwinter Minsk: Socialist Modernism in the ‘Soviet Florida’

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

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