There is something hauntingly beautiful about abandoned places. While some may find them creepy or something that used to be, I view them as a snapshot in time, a bridge from what it was to what it will become. We often see things in life with a finality that once something is destroyed or left to waste away that it’s the end of the story. Every abandoned place tells a story, either it’s one you’ve heard about overtime or one you’ve imagined in your head. Studying architecture in high school, I’ve walked through abandoned buildings and thought about the design aspect of a structure and also wondered about the people who roamed the halls and occupied the spaces. Why did they leave this place? Who was the last person to turn off the lights? Did someone take their last breath here? 

Throughout time cities have been burned, buildings destroyed or left to rot, but the beauty of it all is the hope of a new beginning. Someone will come along with a vision to create something new, that will have a place in a world that’s forever changing and evolving.

Abandoned Hospital

While on a trip to Berlin, I had the opportunity to explore some abandoned spaces. While exploring a deserted house in a residential neighborhood to walking the halls of an abandoned hospital, I was able to capture the beauty in ruins.

Abandoned Pool
Abandoned Car behind house

Art is never finished, only abandoned

-Leonardo da Vinci
Abandoned hospital nursery
Abandoned apartment building

One of my favorite photos from the tour is this room in an abandoned hospital I titled “Love in a hopeless place.” The country is in a state of chaos, and the future may seem grim, but if we respect and love one another, we may get through it all.

Love in a hopeless place
John Waites
A veteran who is passionate about inspiring others through travel and art, sharing ideas for personal growth and fulfilment.

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  1. This is amazing! You are very talented, and the different depths of lighting in each picture, makes it seem peaceful a little. They are great pics!

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. I especially love your “Abandoned” photo collection. Visiting such places, shows bravery and professionalism in your boundaries. Long Live “The Zeg” and it’s creator.

  3. Love the moments and feelings you capture with your “eye” here and your IG.
    It’s a perspective not usually observed.

    Thank you for sharing your vision.

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