What Happens When The Present Meets The Past?
Start writing a post

What Happens When The Present Meets The Past?

How The Proper People honor the past on Youtube by exploring abandoned places.

What Happens When The Present Meets The Past?

Buildings get abandoned all the time. For one reason or another, the occupants will leave them behind for Mother Nature to take over. These buildings will oftentimes be forgotten. People will drive right past them without much thought, or they will be demolished entirely. It's a huge shame, because a lot of these buildings have long and interesting histories. When the buildings are forgotten, so are their stories. But fear not, for there are lots of people who have made it their mission to document these stories. These people are called urban explorers. They walk through abandoned places with a camera to take photos and videos of what's left behind, and then post their findings on the internet. And one of the most popular urban exploring groups in recent years are two friends from Florida known as The Proper People.

The Proper People, otherwise known as Bryan and Michael, are two friends who started doing urban exploration as a hobby. They would film videos of their adventures and post them on YouTube. Pretty soon, their videos started to gain popularity, and they started to get more serious about what they were doing. They both switched to film majors in college, and made it their mission to document the histories of abandoned places.

Each video they make is meant to tell a story. They often research a place before they even set foot inside, and use voice overs to explain the history of whatever building they're in. Bryan and Michael often try to get to as many parts of the buildings as possible so they can document everything they can. The footage they collect preserves the sites forever on the internet. The duo has even gone as far as selling prints of their photos so that fans can decorate their homes with a little piece of history. The money they make from their prints goes right back into the channel so that they can keep exploring.

But there is a duality to all this that many people might not think about. By sharing videos of their adventures, the two friends can inadvertently bring some unwanted attention to the sites. Vandals will often go to abandoned places to spray graffiti on the walls, and scrappers can search the building for things they can sell as scrap metal. Other urban explorers will oftentimes take things home from different places as "souvenirs." Of course, this doesn't apply to all of the people who visit these places. But it can be enough of a problem that it ruins the site for everyone else.

This is why Bryan and Michael set rules for themselves. They never take anything from the places they visit. They do their best to leave buildings in the same condition the explorers find them in. There are other times when they won't even reveal the name or location of the places they're visiting. This is to prevent people from finding the places and potentially causing damage. In extreme cases, the duo won't even publish their footage. They'll discover a place that's so perfect that just showing its existence could endanger it. So they decide to keep it to themselves as a story for the ages. They remember it fondly, knowing that they played a small part in its preservation.

The life and history of abandoned places needs to be remembered. It's important to keep the past in mind as we move to the future. But there's another side of preservation that can bring it down. The Proper People handle this in possibly the best way possible. They put measures in place to protect the buildings they visit while still managing to tell their stories. Their love and respect for these places always comes out in each of their videos, and they do a fantastic job at honoring the history of each one.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less

Take A Look At The Extravagant Lane Woods Jewelry Collection For Valentine's Gift Ideas

So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection


Just like diamonds are a girl's best friend, so are pearls, rubies, gold, emeralds, and any type of luxurious jewelry you can get your hands on! A woman is incomplete without a piece of jewelry on her and it is a gorgeous accessory required for all occasions. So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection.

Keep Reading... Show less

50 Iconic Quotes From 'The Golden Girls' That Will Always Make You Laugh

"People waste their time pondering whether a glass is half empty or half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass."


"The Golden Girls" created history when it first premiered in 1985 setting the stage of strong-willed female characters who are aging gracefully with dignity. It is a treasure trove filled with humorous scenes and situations that will always be relevant to watch. I still rejoice in watching these spectacular women embrace life with full stride and the way they always strive to focus on the brighter side of life.

These 4 dynamic and awe-inspiring women taught us that age is indeed nothing more than a number and that we can set out to accomplish anything our heart desires at any time.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments