Urban exploration: 20 eerie photos of abandoned worlds

David de Rueda

written by
David de Rueda

updated 09.11.2020

After exploring the world for his dream photography project, David de Rueda now has a rather disturbing collection of photographs. Here, he shares 20 pictures he took while exploring abandoned urban spaces.

“Nikon challenged me to create and complete my dream photography project, with my own imagination being the only restriction."

"[It] was an opportunity to challenge myself and push my urban exploration photography to another level. For me, the abandoned places of Europe’s recent past were an obvious choice. I see discovering the hidden side of such locations as a kind of modern archaeology that, when coupled with the artistry a photographer can bring, should capture the imaginations of many.”

An abandoned radar station in the mountains of Italy

#1 Frozen Stars – David de Rueda

A former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia

#2 The Mothership – David de Rueda

A disused experimental power facility near Moscow, Russia

#3 High Frequency - David de Rueda

An old factory built during, St Petersburg, Russia

#4 Suspicious Paths - David de Rueda

A former hospital in Pripyat, Ukraine

#5 Time Implosion – David de Rueda

The waiting room in the remains of the Pripyat hospital, Ukraine

#6 Eternal Wait – David de Rueda

The city of Pripyat, Ukraine

#7 Lone Bird – David de Rueda

Abandoned café in Pripyat, Ukraine

#8 Pripyat Cafe - David de Rueda

Old bus station, Pripyat, Ukraine

#9 The Creator - David de Rueda

Sunrise from the top of Pripyat’s highest building, the Fujiyama

#10 Sun Dust - David de Rueda

Inside the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine

#11 Nuclear Fall - David de Rueda

The famous Ferris wheel, Pripyat, Ukraine

#12 Child Dream – David de Rueda

An abandoned power plant near Budapest, Hungary

#13 Beyond Time – David de Rueda

Inside the abandoned power plant near Budapest, Hungary

#14 The One – David de Rueda

A derelict train graveyard, Budapest

#15 Time Capsule – David de Rueda

Buzludzha monument in Bulgaria

#17 The Lost Era - David de Rueda

The congress room at the Buzludzha monument, Bulgaria

#16 The Signal - David de Rueda

A long-forgotten wreck of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft, Iceland

#19 Night Souls – David de Rueda

Two relics of the Soviet space race in a huge abandoned warehouse, Kazakhstan

#20 Lost in Space – David de Rueda

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David de Rueda

written by
David de Rueda

updated 09.11.2020

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