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The Beauty of Abandoned Buildings

When one thinks of abandoned buildings, a termite-infested wooden structure, on the verge of falling apart comes to mind. Michael Schwan, however, captures the beauty of abandoned spaces in a series of stunning photographs as he travels across Europe.

Schwan’s expert framing gives a wide view of these lonely interiors, allowing viewers to survey the scene for small clues to help solve the mystery. Whether filled with rich decorative elements or by spartan furniture, the elements left speak to the former glory of these abandoned spaces. In fact, by focusing on a wide range of locations, Schwan makes it clear that nowhere is safe from the march of time. As history evolves, so too do the pieces of architecture needed to serve the public. In many ways, his photographs serve as a last gasp for these forsaken buildings—an endcap their lifecycles.

Read more about Michael Schwan and his journey across Europe here!


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