Do you have a love of exploring abandoned locations? Dutch photographer Niki Feijen sure does! He visited 8 different countries in a year, in search of abandoned buildings that nature has since claimed. He uses Google Earth to search for locations that have been abandoned, and that is how he decides where he is going to go next. He does his research before visiting the locations to ensure it’s not a wasted trip. Feijen released his first self-published book of photographs titled Disciple of Decay last year. He is set to release his new book titled Frozen, which will contain over 150 pages of photographs featuring abandoned mansions, mental institutions, and churches all from around the world!
He has visited France, Italy, and many other locations throughout Europe trying to find the best of the best in urban exploration.
His favorite place that he visited to date though is an abandoned hotel in Germany. The hotel had caught on fire a few years before he visited, which left it wide open for the elements. He found a bed covered with moss, but in another room in the hotel the fire had destroyed everything including a light fixture that had melted. He said it reminded him of a Tim Burton movie.
His fascination with abandoned buildings started when he was just a child. There was an abandoned home not far from where he was growing up. He said, “I passed it a zillion times until finally I had the guts to have a peek inside. The adrenaline, the excitement. It was amazing.”
This is believed to be an abandoned jail or possibly a mental institution. Feijen was asked if he has ever encountered anything of the paranormal. But he said he is a ‘down to earth’ guy who doesn’t really believe in that kind of stuff.
Check out this abandoned dairy farm, known as Red Dress Manor:
These pictures are breathtaking, beautiful, and slightly creepy at the same time. I’m amazed that some people just up and left, or maybe there is a lot more to the story that will never be told. I know one thing. I’m very glad that Niki Feijen has chosen this as his hobby and profession, so he could share these pictures with the world.
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