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Recently we've been sharing the work of talented photographers from around the world depicting eerie, haunting artifacts and locations abandoned by their owners and occupants – from a gallery of abandoned European dwellings to collections of personal articles from asylum inmates. Next up is a series of images from Philadelphia photographer Matthew Christopher, who for the past decade has been capturing a wide range of abandoned structures in the U.S. in various states of decay.
“I want to be able to convey the respect, appreciation and awe that I have for the locations I visit,” the artist says. “Trying to tell someone about a place conveys so little compared to being able to show it to them.”
“My favorite part of exploring ruins is that to me, it is peaceful,” he explains. “I can focus on what I am seeing and experiencing rather than being wrapped up in my thoughts all the time.”
Several high-quality images from Christopher's collection have been compiled by the UK's Daily Mail, a small sampling of which are shown here. Some seem nearly untouched by the ravages of time, with furnishings and fixtures intact...
...while others have eroded into faint ghosts of their former selves.
Some of the most haunting images come from defunct prisons...
...and long-forgotten movie theaters.
“Sometimes it can get scary,” he admits, “especially if a place is really structurally unstable... that would probably be my biggest concern. I also don't want to get murdered for my camera gear or arrested... I have been lucky so far.”