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102 Artistic Examples of Abandonment

From Lonesome Landscapes to Sinister Secluded Snapshots

— July 10, 2012 — Autos
These breathtaking artistic examples of abandonment are full of gritty, hauntingly beautiful details that make it hard to turn away -- despite their omniscient, eerie atmosphere.

Subjects are often removed entirely or pictured in singular compositions to emphasize the feeling of abandonment. Mother Nature causes these buildings to decay and destruct over time, creating a surreal landscape that is truly one-of-a-kind. The more rust and wear of a location, the more eerie the feeling becomes for the observer. Although nothing beats the real thing, digital software allows artists to speed up time to fabricate these haunting images.

These suspenseful, secluded snapshots bring back memories of spine-chilling horror movies and serial killer stories. With apocalyptic paranoia continuing to loom into 2012, these abruptly abandoned artworks add to the sinister conspiracy theories.
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Revived Ghost Towns
Revived Ghost Towns
The 3D Video Project Motalko Walks You Through an Old Hungarian Village
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101
Urban Loner Self Portraiture
Urban Loner Self Portraiture
Mark Savic Photographs Solitude in the City
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100
Desolate City Shots
Desolate City Shots
The William Eckersley Silent Night Shoot Sheds a New Light on a Dark London
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99
Abandoned Water-Park Films
Abandoned Water-Park Films
The 'Kilian Martin: Altered Route' Short Explores Barren Lands
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98
Sinister Secluded Snapshots
Sinister Secluded Snapshots
Daniel de Amaral Sniffs Out a Supernatural Air Through Sparse Lighting
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97
Psychotic Time Lapse Films
Psychotic Time Lapse Films
Asylum by Drew Geraci is Bone-Chillingly Haunting
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96
Border Crossing Captures
Border Crossing Captures
The 'Transition' Series by Josef Schulz Examines Europe's Old Checkpoints
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95
Haunted Metropolitan Captures
Haunted Metropolitan Captures
The Sophie Van der Perre Photos Explore Nature's Finest
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94
Candid Eerie Environment Captures
Candid Eerie Environment Captures
Phil Elverum Photographs Locales that are Moody and Desolate
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93
Desolate Urban Illustrations
Desolate Urban Illustrations
Alex Lukas Envisions a Bleak Future in his Works
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92
Beautifully Desolate Captures
Beautifully Desolate Captures
The Matt Barnes Cold Stations Series Illustrates Beautiful Winter
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91
Haunting Hometown Imagery
Haunting Hometown Imagery
The Mike Bayne 'Homegrown' Series Exhibits Domestic Art
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90
Abandoned Carnival Photography
Abandoned Carnival Photography
Helfried Valenta Captures the Allure of After Hours Amusement Parks
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89
Abandoned Industry Shoots
Abandoned Industry Shoots
The 'Lost Train' Series by Franck Bohbot is Forlorn
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88
Lifeless Landscape Photography
Lifeless Landscape Photography
The 'Monochrome' Series is Stark and Serene
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87
Eviscerated Architecture Art
Eviscerated Architecture Art
Marjan Teeuwen Presents Chaotic Buildings on the Verge of Collapse
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86
Chic Abandoned City Shoots
Chic Abandoned City Shoots
'Chongqing City in China' by Mathieu Belin is Both Eery and Graceful
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85
Dilapidated Structure Sculptures
Dilapidated Structure Sculptures
Hao Ni Turns Broken Down Residences into Art
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84
Deserted City Snapshots
Deserted City Snapshots
Maria Luz Bravo Capture an Abandoned Metropolitan
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83
Desolate Landscape Photography
Desolate Landscape Photography
The Minus by Akos Major Photo Series is Magical and Poetic
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82
Abandoned Aerodrome Photography
Abandoned Aerodrome Photography
Aging Hangar an Abode for Art at the Singapore Biennale 2011
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81
Apocalyptic Metropolises
Apocalyptic Metropolises
Andreas Shabelnikov Depicts the End of It All
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80
Darkly Desolate Shoots
Darkly Desolate Shoots
This Garmonique Photography Captures an Elusive Beauty
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79
Abandoned Beach Imagery
Abandoned Beach Imagery
La Costa Gris by Salva Lopez Shows the Shore Off Season
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78
Vignetted Industrial Artwork
Vignetted Industrial Artwork
The Julian Calverley 'Structure' Series is Breathtakingly Gritty
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77
Post-Apocalyptic Cityscapes
Post-Apocalyptic Cityscapes
Ostap Rudakevych Imagines What New York Will Look Like Down the Road
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76
Stunningly Sombre Paintings
Stunningly Sombre Paintings
New England-Based Artist Daniel Danger Paints Gloomy Pictures
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75
Deserted Sin City Shoots
Deserted Sin City Shoots
Jean Francois Theriault Shows the Peaceful Side of Las Vegas
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74
Vast Vista Photography
Vast Vista Photography
The Kevin Saint Grey Landscapes Book is a Great Coffee Table Addition
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73
Abandoned Office Shoots
Abandoned Office Shoots
This Joerg Metzner Series is Eery
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72
Buried Watchtower Photography
Buried Watchtower Photography
The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse Photos are Obscured by Sand Heaps
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71
Deserted Neighborhood Captures
Deserted Neighborhood Captures
'The Suburbs Sleep' by Paul Shiakallis is Eerie
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70
Snowy Swing Shoots
Snowy Swing Shoots
The Victor Erede 'Winter Comes' Series Seems Lonely and Quiet
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69
Poetic Abandoned Abodes
Poetic Abandoned Abodes
John Divola's Photography Turns Dismal Homes into Works of Art
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68
Desolate Shipyard Photography
Desolate Shipyard Photography
'Nowhere' from Maciej Leszczynski Features Solitary Settings
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67
Ghost Town Canvases
Ghost Town Canvases
'The Ghostvillage Project' Offers a City-Sized Work of Art
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66
Extreme Desolate Captures
Extreme Desolate Captures
'MinM' by Hengki Koentojoro Creates Fine Art in Isolation
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65
Desolate Desert Photography
Desolate Desert Photography
Chris Sisarich Finds Beauty in an Austere Egyptian Landscape
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64
Abandoned Petrol Pumps
Abandoned Petrol Pumps
'Cold Stations' is a Photo Series by Matt Barnes Displaying Desertion
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63
Juxtaposed Landscape Photography
Juxtaposed Landscape Photography
Manuel Diestro's 'Pyramids' Offers Startling View of the Past
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62
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
Abandoned Retailer Athenaeums
The McAllen Public Library Wins 2012 Library Interior Design Comp
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61
Forbidden Path Photography
Forbidden Path Photography
Tomasz Kaluzny Photographs Deserted Parks and Playgrounds
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60
Lonely Landscape Photography
Lonely Landscape Photography
Kevin Gutierrez Haugen Presents Isolated Rural Captures
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59
Dry Desert Captures
Dry Desert Captures
The Chris Crisman 'Landscape' Photography Series is Delightfully Deserted
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58
Deserted City Depictions
Deserted City Depictions
Roland Shainidze Captures Still Frames of Toronto Devoid of People
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57
Misty Abandoned Metropolises
Misty Abandoned Metropolises
Kim Holtermand's Deserted City is Ghostly Intriguing
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56
Outerworldly Landscape Photography
Outerworldly Landscape Photography
The Jonah M Kessel 'Specifically Socotra' Series is
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55
Urban Apocalypse Photography
Urban Apocalypse Photography
Jeffrey Stockbridge Shows the Abandoned Side of Philadelphia
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54
Abandoned Urbanscapes
Abandoned Urbanscapes
Empty L.A. Photgraphs Capture the Isolation of City Life
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53
Abandoned Auto Photography
Abandoned Auto Photography
The 'From the Back Seat of My Car' Series Shows Ravaged Vehicles
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52
Post-Apocalyptic Naturescapes
Post-Apocalyptic Naturescapes
Roxy Paine's 'Maelstrom' at the Met
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51
Abandoned Hospital Photography
Abandoned Hospital Photography
Matt Lambros Captures Decaying Health Wards
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50
Winter Wonderland Photography
Winter Wonderland Photography
Sylt by Michael Schlegel Captures the Silent of the Snowy Outdoors
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49
Disquieting Dustography
Disquieting Dustography
Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards Sweeps 'Dust' Into Art
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48
Abandoned Metropolis Photography
Abandoned Metropolis Photography
'Silent World' by Lucie and Simon Depicts the True Human Habitat
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47
Abandoned Shadow Art
Abandoned Shadow Art
Xenmate Photographs Fake Inhabitants of Ghost Buildings
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46
Abandoned Vintage Automobiles
Abandoned Vintage Automobiles
The Palermo Viejo Series by Eduardo Fialho is Rusty and Beautiful
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45
Apocalyptic Auto Ads
Apocalyptic Auto Ads
The Volkswagen GTI 'Tunnel Vision' Promo is Exhilarating
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44
Indoor Desert Photography
Indoor Desert Photography
Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes Photographs Indoor Deserts in Namib
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43
Suspenseful Abandoned Prints
Suspenseful Abandoned Prints
Kate Peters Takes Silently Still Pictures That are Sure to Mesmerize
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42
Abanoned Pod Buildings
Abanoned Pod Buildings
The Sanzhi Pod City Buildings Exude Sorrow
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Deserted Structure Art
Deserted Structure Art
Gerry Judah's Installations Are Both Calming and Eerie
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40
Abandoned City Photography
Abandoned City Photography
The Instance of Latency Photoseries by Sebastien Tixier
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39
Lonesome Landscapes
Lonesome Landscapes
'Lost Time' from PXY Stirs Up Strong Emotions
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Dainty Desolate Photography
Dainty Desolate Photography
Missy Prince Captures Beauty and Romanticism in Unlikely Places
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Apocalyptic Railway Shoots
Apocalyptic Railway Shoots
Antoni Szczupal Finds Beauty in the Desolate for 'Ghost Train'
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Desolate Suburban Photography
Desolate Suburban Photography
N. Salventiu's 'Portraits VI' Features People-Free Landscapes
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Stripped Forest Spreads
Stripped Forest Spreads
The Tomek Borowka by Lukas Sowada Portrait Series is Striking
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34
Abandoned City Captures
Abandoned City Captures
Sophia Germer Presents Detroit in Decay
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Abandoned House Photography
Abandoned House Photography
'Island Feelings' Shows the Beautiful Side of Summer's Spoils
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Forgotten Americana Photography
Forgotten Americana Photography
Paul Vayanos Captures Landmarks with Cultural Heritage
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Abandoned Swimming Pools
Abandoned Swimming Pools
'Watermark' by Carlo Van de Roer Features Lonely Landscapes
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Staggeringly Serene Photography
Staggeringly Serene Photography
Amber Marie Chavez Deftly Captures Peace in Her Images
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Historic War-Torn Photography
Historic War-Torn Photography
Jonathan Andrew Captures Abandoned Bunkers from WWII
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Urban Corrosion Graffiti
Urban Corrosion Graffiti
Photographer Scott Hocking Captures Comically Poor Graff in Detroit
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Capturing Abandoned Abodes
Capturing Abandoned Abodes
'Deserted Homes' by Sigal Ben David Takes Us to New Orleans
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Abandoned Amusement Park Photography
Abandoned Amusement Park Photography
Catherine Hyland Captures China's Deserted Wonderland Project
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Isolation Photography
Isolation Photography
Michel Rajkovic's ‘Nowhere' Features Abandoned Areas
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Apocalyptic Atmosphere Shoots
Apocalyptic Atmosphere Shoots
The 'London Futures' Expo Frames Climate Change
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Water Blurred Paintings
Water Blurred Paintings
Gregory Thielker Creates Realistic Rained-on Artwork
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Colorful Forgotten Spaces
Colorful Forgotten Spaces
The Unclear Ground/ Terrain Vague Creates a Mystical Universe
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Desolate Town Photography
Desolate Town Photography
The Bryan Schutmaat Heartland Series is Both Serene and Sinister
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Apocalyptic Photoshoots
Apocalyptic Photoshoots
Lori Nix Creates Abandoned Displays to Mimic a Disaster Aftermath
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Deserted Desert City Photography
Deserted Desert City Photography
Abandoned by Richard Allenby-Pratt Imagines a Future Saudi Arabia
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Surreal Cardboard Art Pieces
Surreal Cardboard Art Pieces
The EVOL Repeat Offender Collection is Made of Worn-Out Materials
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Epic Fantasy Photography
Epic Fantasy Photography
Luis Beltran Captures Surreal Images that Belong Solely in Dreams
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Vivid Abandoned Photography
Vivid Abandoned Photography
Urban Exploring by Simon Christen is an Eerily Cool Collection
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Foreboding Forest Photography
Foreboding Forest Photography
The Forests of Romania Shot by PhotoCosma is Eerily Alluring
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14
Abandoned Bank Photography
Abandoned Bank Photography
Jonathan Castellino Revists the Bank of Toronto
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Hedonistic Hermit Photography
Hedonistic Hermit Photography
Ben Huff Captures Desolate Settings Through a Pleasure-Seeking Lens
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Subway Floodvertising
Subway Floodvertising
Brazilian Advertising Campaign for the Movie 2012 Fakes Subway Flood
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Creepy Urban Exploration
Creepy Urban Exploration
Abandoned Ruins by Tom Kirsch
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10
Capturing Dilapidated Buildings
Capturing Dilapidated Buildings
‘100 Abandoned Houses Project' by Kevin Bauman
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Abandoned Man-Made Creations
Abandoned Man-Made Creations
'Artificial Owl' Website for Derelict Enthusiasts
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8
Ghostly Shipwreck Photography
Ghostly Shipwreck Photography
Jan Smith Captures Nouadhibou Bay's Ship Cemetery
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7
Apocalyptic Artwork
Apocalyptic Artwork
The ‘Great Flood Predictions' Collection Bears Grim Tidings
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6
Abandoned Photography
Abandoned Photography
Fabiano Parisi Focuses on Human and Industrial Waste
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5
Abandoned Building Photography
Abandoned Building Photography
Visually Brilliant Derelict Power Plants Captured on Camera
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4
Abandoned Asylum Photography
Abandoned Asylum Photography
Jenny Hardcore Stays True to Her Name
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Abandoned Roadside Photography
Abandoned Roadside Photography
Carlos Gotay Shoots Magic in the Lonely Air for Dramatic Photos
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2
Architectural Corpses
Architectural Corpses
‘Stages of Decay' by Julia Solis Captures Abandoned Theaters
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Abandoned Shopping Malls
Abandoned Shopping Malls
Brian Ulrich Captures Recessionary Fallout and Urban Decay
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