abandoned architecture

18 months

Toshiya Watanabe is a Fukushima native. After the big earthquake on 11 March 2011 causing the worst nuclear accident in the history of nuclear power, the government of Japan ordered its residents to leave their houses and apartments. Since then, Watanabe has traveled back to his abandoned hometown many times, documenting the changes he saw, or lack thereof. He also went back to his parent’s house, which was within the restricted area to pick up his family album that was full of good old memories. During this visit, he took these pictures. You should also have a look at his Flickr photostream.

»Tsunami-hit area«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 6km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Tsunami-hit area«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 6 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie (Nothing changes for four months)«, 7 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie (Nothing changes for four months)«, 7 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»My Parent´s House«, 10. Juni 2012, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»My Parent´s House«, 10. Juni 2012, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie«, 7 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Main street of Namie«, 7 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 3 months later, 8km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 3 months later, 8 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Abandoned dogs«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 9km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

»Abandoned dogs«, 3 months later, Nuclear Evacuation Zone, 9 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

All images © Toshiya Watanabe

(via yesterdayyousaidtomorrow.de)

33 More Abandoned Places

This is the second part of Francesco Mugnai’s series about abandoned places all over the world. 33 more strange and incredible images full of magic and mystic power.

Nicosia Airport
Nicosia Airpot, Cyprus (Photo by eyesfutur)

Abanonded steam engine in Uyuni train cemetery
Abanonded steam engine train cemetery, Uyuni, Bolivia (Photo by Jimmy Harris)

Abandoned Coal Mine. Miner Bathroom
Abandoned Coal Mine, Miner Bathroom, Wałbrzych, Poland (Photo by *Camereon)

Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool
Merle Spurrier Gymnasium Pool, University of Rochester, New York (Photo By cseward)

Abandoned bowling alley
Toyo Bowling, Japan (Photo by Thomas Jorion)

NeSpoon

Experimenting with space: sculptures and stencils created by NeSpoon, who describes her work as »jewelry of the public space«.


Abandoned factory outside of Torino, Italy


Participation in the exhibition »Art Kitchen Foundation«, Franciacorta, Italy


Participation in the exhibition »Sub Urb Art 2«, Torino, Italy

Timeless Islands

The work of Paris based photographer Thomas Jorion is just fantastic! Under the title »Timeless Islands« Jorion has made a series of photos that poetically describe the transient of the world as we have built. Love, love, love it!


Sports complex, United States – 2009, from the series »Another America«


Hotel, Japan – 2009, from the series »Nuigishi«


Movie theater, United States – 2007, from the series »Another America«


Apothecary, Japan – 2008, from the series »Nuigishi«


Hairdressing salon, United States – 2007, from the series »Another America«

Little Big City

Architecture, portraits and a good sense for the special moments in life: Ralf Barthelmes is at the moment one of the most active Frankfurt-chronologists for contemporary history and on top of this a great photographer. Visit his personal homepage »Little Big City«, a hometown blog as he says.

»Let’s Rock The House – But Keep It Country!«


Hair Salon, Mainzer Landstraße, Frankfurt, 2011


Ehemalige Oberfinanzdirektion, Frankfurt, 2012


Sasha Grey and Diedrich Diederichsen at Mousonturm, Frankfurt, 2011


Gunter Gabriel, German Country and Schlagerstar, Frankfurt, 2008

Skeleton Coast

By the 1980s, the island of Margarita in Venezuela transfigured its landscape with a number of unfinished construction projects. Lots of them have become part of daily life. Alexander Apóstol has documented the effects in his slightly weird series »Skeleton Coast«.


»Skeleton Coast« 01, 2005


»Skeleton Coast« 06, 2005


»Skeleton Coast« 07, 2005