Talking Walls Photography

My name is Mike, a photographer and urban explorer from the Hamilton, Ontario area. I’ve been exploring for 23 years now (since 1999). I’ve been featured in my local newspaper, CBC News, Northern Life, Reader’s Digest (Our Canada Magazine) and The Daily Mail.

Many years ago, before social media made everybody an urban explorer, I had a desire. That desire was to visit old ghost towns across Ontario and create a website where people could learn about these forgotten places. I traveled many kilometers and took many photos using a 35 mm film camera. I visited mills, cemeteries, railway towns and everything in between. The result was the first Canadian website for urban exploring and it was named “Mike’s Ontario Ghost Towns”. I no longer operate the website but I do maintain this blog.

This website features a variety of content ranging from rural farm houses to exquisite multi-million dollar estates to hospitals to correctional facilities. The legalities of this hobby are that you should always seek permission before going onto someone’s property.

Free E-Book
I wrote an E-book titled “It’s Too Clean To Be Abandoned”. It’s an entry level book for urban explorers that covers legalities, how to find locations, how to track down owners, dealing with confrontations, includes beginner locations, and much more. You can read it online or download it.


Although it’s cliche, I adhere to the policy of taking nothing but photos and leaving nothing but footprints. I don’t break into places, I don’t leave garbage behind and I don’t vandalize properties. If you’ve discovered this page because of graffiti, please read THIS.