Urban exploration: 20 eerie photos of abandoned worlds

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David de Rueda
11/9/2020

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

A former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia

A disused experimental power facility near Moscow, Russia

An old factory built during, St Petersburg, Russia

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    A former hospital in Pripyat, Ukraine

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

    The city of Pripyat, Ukraine

    Abandoned café in Pripyat, Ukraine

    Old bus station, Pripyat, Ukraine

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

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

    The famous Ferris wheel, Pripyat, Ukraine

    An abandoned power plant near Budapest, Hungary

    Inside the abandoned power plant near Budapest, Hungary

    A derelict train graveyard, Budapest

    Buzludzha monument in Bulgaria

    The congress room at the Buzludzha monument, Bulgaria

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

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

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