Abandoned buildings, ghost towns and even empty billboards left to stand neglected for years: All of these are part of our fast-paced culture. Structures are left vacant for many reasons; foreclosure, environmental disasters or, like in the case of the billboards in Brazil, altered business practices.
Seriously curious individuals practice a pastime called ‘Urban Exploration.’ These folk travel the world in search of abandoned structures and, upon gaining access to their inner spaces, take fantastic and often eerie photographs of what they find.
This is a collection of some of the most interesting examples of such abandoned places, a few which have since been given a new life with a different purpose.
Sao Paulo Goes Advertising-Free
Subway Cars as Art Studios
The Village Underground
Abandoned Real Estate Bus Tours
Long Island Foreclosure Tours
Real Life Ghost Towns
Amazing Public Art In Rhyolite
Norwegian Street Art
Bright Blue Doors
Lisbon Street Art Features Indigo Paint and Portuguese Poetry
'Lost' Location Found
Russia's Real-Life DHARMA Initiative
Russian Castles Rotting
Creepy Urban Exploration
Abandoned Ruins by Tom Kirsch
Abandoned Building Photography
Visually Brilliant Derelict Power Plants Captured on Camera
Clothes-Free Urban Explorers
Miru Kim's Fearless and Confident Photography
Abandoned Future City
San Zhi, Taiwan
Repurposed Bomb Shelters
The Underground 'Bahnhof Office'
Modern Ghost Towns
10 Recently-Abandoned Cities
Abandoned Celebrity Mansions
Mike Tyson's Old Home