As an urban explorer, I adhere to the "Don't take anything except photos and don't leave anything but footprints." principle. The photos in this gallery show the places as I found them. I visit such places, some of which are steeped in history, to document them photographically and to preserve this irretrievable moment for posterity.
These photos are just a small selection of the lost places I've photographed. To explore such places, I've travelled to dozens of places between the radioactive exclusion zone around Chernobyl and the abandoned gold digger ghost towns in Death Valley. I took all of these photos using various iPhone models since 2012.
Upstairs | Austria
Upstairs | Austria
That’s what I love about lost places: How nature takes back those places. Allegedly, this building has been abandoned roughly 100 years ago.
That’s what I love about lost places: How nature takes back those places. Allegedly, this building has been abandoned roughly 100 years ago.
Looks like there’s no way to get to the other side of the room ...
Looks like there’s no way to get to the other side of the room ...
Have you seen the horror movie „Heilstätten“? If so, you saw this goods elevator quite a few times.
Have you seen the horror movie „Heilstätten“? If so, you saw this goods elevator quite a few times.
Decay can be so beautiful.
Decay can be so beautiful.
One of the things you don't expect or want to find in an abandoned place.
One of the things you don't expect or want to find in an abandoned place.
This is how a film set looks like. The hallway from which I took the photo was restored for the film „A cure for wellness“. All the rooms behind the closed door are decayed.
This is how a film set looks like. The hallway from which I took the photo was restored for the film „A cure for wellness“. All the rooms behind the closed door are decayed.
I guess this is how a roof that could collapse any minute now.
I guess this is how a roof that could collapse any minute now.
The Gate | Bratislava, Slovakia
The Gate | Bratislava, Slovakia
I really don’t know what this building was used for. Maybe an administration building?
I really don’t know what this building was used for. Maybe an administration building?
First time in an abandoned place that was abandoned only 15 years ago. Things still look pretty decent here.
First time in an abandoned place that was abandoned only 15 years ago. Things still look pretty decent here.
Another "if only those bricks could talk" place. The remains of an almost 200 year old tower that was part of a fortification to protect the city of Linz
Another "if only those bricks could talk" place. The remains of an almost 200 year old tower that was part of a fortification to protect the city of Linz
I was lucky to find a total of 1.51 of the abandoned houses in the woods near Helsinki, Finnland. I call this one the 0.5 house.
I was lucky to find a total of 1.51 of the abandoned houses in the woods near Helsinki, Finnland. I call this one the 0.5 house.
Simplistic. True. But doesn't this abandoned place look more like a sleeping beauty?
Simplistic. True. But doesn't this abandoned place look more like a sleeping beauty?
These Boots | Wünsdorf, Germany
These Boots | Wünsdorf, Germany
The End | Beelitz, Germany
The End | Beelitz, Germany
Eternal Parking | Rhyolite, USA
Eternal Parking | Rhyolite, USA
Bodie is a fascinating ghost town in California. It has been preserved in arrested decay since the 1940s. Allegedly, this was a former hotel
Bodie is a fascinating ghost town in California. It has been preserved in arrested decay since the 1940s. Allegedly, this was a former hotel
An hour from Berlin is Beelitz. A small town with a huge area of abandoned Sanatoriums that were originally used to treat lung diseases. During the two world wars, wounded were treated here and the buildings were abandoned shortly after World War II
An hour from Berlin is Beelitz. A small town with a huge area of abandoned Sanatoriums that were originally used to treat lung diseases. During the two world wars, wounded were treated here and the buildings were abandoned shortly after World War II
The fascination of lost places
Visiting a lost place is like stepping back in time. If these silent witnesses to history could tell me what they saw and heard, I would listen to them for hours. What also fascinates me about lost places is the raw beauty of decay and seeing how quickly nature reclaims such places.​​​​​​​
I've uploaded many more photos of lost places to my flickr photo stream and every now and then I share my latest discoveries on Instagram and on my Facebook Page.
And if you want to learn more about these places, head over to the lost places section of my blog and discover some abandoned places that you can legally visit and to learn how I take photos in bad light conditions with iPhone.
Chernobyl Exlusion Zone - 30 year later
I still remember the Chernobyl disaster to some extent. I was 12 years old at the time and my hometown was one of the areas most severely affected by the radiation - even it is 900 miles from the scene of the accident. In 2016, almost exactly 30 years after the accident, I could visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. A lost place unlike any other I've seen before.
Some blogs & magazines even wrote about the iPhone photos that I took at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone like the Moment Blogdiyphotography.netMobiography Magazine and digiphotopro.nl
Castle Höhenbergen, Carinthia, Austria
Accidentally I discovered this lost place during a trip in Carinthia, Austria, back in 2011, when I still used a DSLR. You can read about that discovery in my blog. Because of this discovery, I began to research legally accessible lost places all over Europe (and the U.S.). Read my blog to see which lost places I discovered or head over to my flickr photostream for just the pics.

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