I guess it comes down to curiosity.
You see a place or a drain and you wonder what it looks like. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old building or recently abandoned, there’s still that curiosity. No matter where I am, if I see a temp fence, I wanna take a peak.
Some people I know prefer to see the abandonments when they’re fresh and intact. I still love them when they’re smashed and vandalised too, it’s interesting in a different way. Although, that usually means there’s plenty of health hazards. A majority of the time, I might be one of the last people in a building before it becomes rubble and dust.
Of course, you do it at your own risk. You can fall through a floor, breathe in nasty shit, or get caught. It’s worth it to me when I see something amazing and get some great photographs too.
Hopefully, by sharing my photography, people can enjoy these locations without going there themselves and getting hurt. (Don’t do dumb shit, kids)