When doing research regarding abandonements, I try not to spend too much time studying photographs that other photographers have taken at that particular location. While I want to ensure that a place may be worth visiting, I want to limit the influence that seeing those images will have on me. As a result, I think that allows me to explore and get a feel for a place without subconsciously thinking about those images I've seen. I try and give myself the best chance of allowing the creative process to occur naturally.
Having said that, there are some locations where images framed in a certain way simply scream to be taken. Such was the case at this power plant cooling tower I'd visited on my last trip to Europe. While the explore was fairly quick, it's likely one of the most photogenic places I've ever visited on my explorations.