Architecture and art, Europe, Photography

Exploring the Wonderful Abandoned Architecture in Germany

If you’re thinking that Germany’s architecture is not that spectacular, well… you’re wrong! (and I have to say, so was I). Germany is among the countries with the richest history in the world, albeit, it’s not quite the happiest history – nor is it the one we usually want to remember. Photographer Christian Richter began exploring not only the country’s grandiose buildings, but particularly the abandoned ones – here’s the result. This is his “Abandoned” series.

Most of the buildings have been abandoned following the country’s reunification in 1990, after the fall of the Berlin wall – so there’s plenty of material for Richter to study.

“I visited a lot—and i mean a lot—of buildings to find one good staircase,” he says. “It’s a lot of detective work.”

It was actually abandoned buildings which got him into photography to start with.

“I grew up in the old GDR (German Democratic Republic). After the reunification of Germany, there were a lot of old buildings left behind that I used to explore without a camera. Years later, a friend gave me a gift an old small digicam because he bought himself a new one”, he writes on Bored Panda.

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All old buildings fascinate him, even when he happens to stumble upon something that’s really creepy – like a crematorium. However, staircases are his main passion at the moment.

“I mostly photograph empty buildings with great staircases inside. I simply adore old decaying architecture, their patterns and textures – they remind me that everything is impermanent. Staircase photography is my ongoing project and now I travel around Europe looking for abandoned staircases”, he continues

Naturally, he doesn’t disclose the location of the buildings, to prevent vandalism and unwanted visitors. However, we can still enjoy these pictures through his lens.

So, do you like this kind of sight? Is urban exploration something you are doing or would like to do? Is it simply creepy? Share your opinion in the comments!

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All images credits go to Chistian Richter. Website | Facebook

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