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“Orphans of Times”: Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

For the boarded-up windows and warning signs “Passage closed” is often hidden world, which is slowly absorbed by nature. The last 5 years of a photographer from London Rebecca Bathory spent traveling the world in search of the most beautiful abandoned buildings.

Finding beauty in darkness, poetry and meaning in the forgotten and surreal, imaginary worlds amongst decay. Rebecca’s artworks breathe life into forgotten historical locations, they reawaken old narratives, find beauty and meaning in their ruin and revive the memories of lost moments in places tainted by the indigenous.

Unseen to the ordinary public who pass their boarded windows and fenced walls, no trespass signs refrain communities from seeing the hidden world within, slowly being claimed back by nature unseen. Rebecca finds entry to these mystical places hidden to the world and sensitively captures them as a beautiful record, as they deserve to be recorded for posterity too, before they are lost as time rolls inexorably on. She captures the stories and characteristic through carefully composed images, to include the romantiscm and memories of the ruins.

“Hi, my name is Rebecca, I’ve been a photographer since 2006 but it was in 2012 that I fell head over heels in love with decaying buildings and so my three year adventure began. I’ve visited over 300 abandoned buildings in over 20 countries and in 2014 published my first photo book Soviet Ghosts.

I travel the world in search of the beauty found in darkness. Between 2015 and 2018 my adventure expands, I have 30 countries on my hit list and so many places to see and three book projects (and a PhD) to complete. I have a feeling at the end of it there will be some epic stories to tell.

Between 2012 and 2015 I have been photographing decaying buildings around the world, in 2014 I decided to create a series “Orphans of Times’ that will continue until 2018 when I will publish a book with at the photos I have taken, I have been collecting never before seen shots for the book and I will also create a photographic exhibition of the work.”

1. Nearly a palace. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

2. In fact, the buildings, as if “stuck” in time, in many cities: often their owners are not found. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

3. Sometimes the “zabroshki” become a refuge for homeless people or a place of entertainment teens, as well as fans to tickle your nerves. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

4. We are interested in the beauty of abandoned buildings, have in them something mysterious and attractive. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

5. For example, one of those mysterious-looking rooms in an abandoned building. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

6. immured. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

7. And here exactly hosted ghosts. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

8. Some of the buildings are destroyed and are not in very good condition. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

9. Others, by contrast, is quite well preserved. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

10. Visible love the old mother to detail. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

11. For a house of hobbits . (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

12. The main entrance. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

13. Abandoned buildings are gradually mastering nature. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

14. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

15. The solid wooden bed, suitcase and shoes. There is clearly some kind of living ghost inhabitant. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

16. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

17. Even the notes remained in their places. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

18. But wander on such buildings is quite dangerous. And look to fly away somewhere down. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

19. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

20. ornate staircase to the top. (Photo by Rebecca Bathory):

"Orphans of Times": Decaying Buildings Around the World by Photographer Rebecca Bathory

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