Ruin hunters

The Expresso newspaper publishes a report on the ruin hunters in Portugal, an informal community whose hobby is photographing abandoned public and private heritage. “There’s a strange beauty to it, an almost esoteric aesthetic of spoil”, observes journalist Luís Pedro Cabral. Practicing an activity on the verge of illegality, some of the explorers use fictitious names, in a hobby that has been gaining more and more aficionados.