I’ve always loved wandering inside and taking photographs of abandoned buildings. Ruins are fascinating: in these physical spaces, the past,…

The dark, graffiti-splattered stairwell of Kunsthaus Tacheles, a former art center in Berlin.

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The dark, graffiti-splattered stairwell of Kunsthaus Tacheles, a former art center in Berlin.

The dark, graffiti-splattered stairwell of Kunsthaus Tacheles, a former art center in Berlin.

I’ve always loved wandering inside and taking photographs of abandoned buildings. Ruins are fascinating: in these physical spaces, the past, present, and future are one, and time becomes fuzzy.

I took the image above one winter in Berlin, Germany, inside the Kunsthaus Tacheles art center, now gone. I’d been exploring a neighborhood and noticed the massive yet decrepit facade of the building, its walls plastered with flyers and quirky artwork. The door was open, so I went inside and up, ’round and ’round multiple flights of stairs, surrounded by darkness, graffiti, and my own fear.

While there was nothing to be scared about — the building housed an artists’ collective and curious tourists explored the place throughout the day — the empty stairwell still gave me chills. The building, once a department store as well as a Nazi prison, and destroyed in World War II, was now empty. But it was full of so many stories, voices, and histories.

For this week’s photo challenge, show us abandoned. You can go literal, as I have, and share a photo of ruins, a desolate place, or your idea of a wasteland. Or you can interpret it in other ways, from images of overlooked things to forgotten people.

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  1. I Love this topic. I, also, have always been drawn to abandoned places. I think for most people it is the sense of mystery that is has us so captivated. Looking forward to looking at how different people showcase what “abandoned” means to them. Great Topic!

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  2. I agree with you cause i am going out on a long adventure and there will be lot of things to look at and explore. I will be bloging more cause of this adventure i hope i find something cool like you found.


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  3. My contribution on the theme of ‘abandoned’.

    Communist era stone figures, abandoned in weeds behind an apartment block in Tirana, Albania


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  4. machu picchu is one of the seven wonders of the new world.

    it’s an ancient site built by the incas in the 15th century and abandoned a century later. it’s located 7,970 feet above sea level in the andes mountains where it remained hidden to outsiders through the centuries until it was discovered by hiram bingham in 1911.

    i heard that it would be a rewarding experience to get there on foot, but it comes with a price. it would be strenuous and take many hours on a path that is mostly uphill. the best option for many is to take the train, which we did.


  5. Here’s mine, taken about 5 years ago. I happened across this old church while geocaching. I still want to go back and get more pictures, maybe someday soon

    Old piano in abandoned church


  6. While Venice is being abandoned by its local citizens, it still is a mecca for tourists and photographers.
    St. Mark’s offers plenty of photographic icons, such as the Doge’s Palace, the old procuracies, the bridge of sighs and lot of Gondolas waiting for tourists to come. Tip of the day: be there at sunrise to take pictures of the Doge’s Palace with the sun rising just behind it.

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