Photographer Niki Feijen knows that beauty isn’t necessarily always pristine and intact; in his series ‘Disciples of Decay,’ the artist captures abandoned and deteriorating spaces throughout Western Europe.
Each photograph tells a fraction of a story of its former occupants and prompts the viewer to wonder why the spaces were abandoned in the first place. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would willingly desert such beautiful places. However, the decay is part of what endears the viewer to these spooky photographs.
The series definitely has an eerie, spine-chilling quality about it; perhaps even a supernatural element. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts or spirits, the empty, desolate nature of the photographs lends itself to a haunted aesthetic that cannot be denied.