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To put it simply, urban decay is the process of disrepair and decrepitude. What was previously a fully functioning city, or part of a city, is now an abandoned piece of space. A famous example of this is Chernobyl, Ukraine. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe.

Chernobyl was recently opened to adventure hungry tourists and journalist. Personally I’ll pass on the radiation, however seeing the images of the disaster brings swift sadness to the viewer and spreads sorrow through their nerve system. Also mysterious images of abandonment reminds most people of what a post apocalyptic world, let’s knock on wood it never happens, would look like.

For photographers, taking these types of photographs gives them an adrenaline rush. The is just something sceptical about visiting places that haven’t seen a living soul in quite sometime. Most photographers use urban exploration to their advantage to illustrate hope or gruesome terror. As the title suggests, here are forty chilling photographs of urban decay. Enjoy!

Bankenkrise by Johannes Noske

Bankenkrise by Johannes Noske

Terres Rouges by Geoff George

Terres Rouges by Geoff George

Cane Hill Asylum

Cane Hill Asylum

Broadway by Timothy Neesam

Broadway by Timothy Neesam

What’s for dinner? by Erik van Hannen

What's for dinner? by Erik van Hannen

Crumlin Court by Stefan Ray

Crumlin Court by Stefan Ray

DETENTION by Sven Fennema

DETENTION by Sven Fennema

Urban Decay by Brandon Rechten

Urban Decay by BrandonRechten

Urban Decay by Grigjr

Eternal staircase by Alain Dejeaifve

Eternal staircase by Alain Dejeaifve

To the train by limbonic

To the train by limbonic

To let by Cilest

To let by Cilest

Signed Decay by Toni Verdú Carbó

The doctor will see you now by CmdrCord

The doctor will see you now by CmdrCord

The old winery by Sven Fennema

The old winery by Sven Fennema

Nikola Banicevic

Nikola Banicevic

The final curtain by Sven Fennema

The final curtain by Sven Fennema

Open Door Policy by Malcolm X

OpenDoorPolicy by Malcolm X

Cinema Strange by Mindcage

Cinema Strange by Mindcage

The missing handrail

The missing handrail

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

2 Comments

  1. A really great set. Thanks.

  2. The old winery by Sven Fennema is my favorite , but To the train by limbonic really send a chill to my spine.

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