Urban exploration, or “urbex” as the cool kids are calling it, has been around for years. It’s the exploration of man-made but abandoned places around the world and the photos are perfectly creepy-cool. More and more professional photographers are joining in and posting their work online.
Check out these intense dystopian photos of human-less buildings. It’s incredible that this stuff exists in real life.
An abandoned bathroom inside the largest industrial Rayon plant in the United States in Ohio.
A gorgeous Spanish-Gothic United Artists Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
After the Fukushima nuclear accident, the Japanese town of Namie evacuated its 20,000 residents. The lights are left on every night in hopes that the city will one day return.
The chemistry lab at an abandoned Belgian university.
The shuttered Cointe Observatory in Leige, Belgium.
The Vintage Electric Streetcar Company was founded in 1986 in Pennsylvania. It’s where streetcars await restoration and salvaging.
The pool at the University of Rochester became a dumping ground for old desks since it was closed in 1982.
The plants took over a decade after this Ohio greenhouse was abandoned.
Trees slowly take over this Japanese hotel.
An abandoned elementary school auditorium in Pennsylvania.
In 1885, the North Brother Island in New York City was used as a quarantine for people with smallpox and typhoid fever. Later, it was home to a rehab center and a prison. It has been abandoned since 1963.
The neglected Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit.
Kelenföld Power Plant in Budapest was built in 1927 but was abandoned since the dissolution of the USSR.
This South Fallsburg hotel in the Catskills was a popular vacationing spot for New Yorkers in the 1930s but shuttered in 1998.
Grossinger’s Resort in Liberty, New York, was once a popular holiday spot as well.
A dilapidated Fun House at an old amusement park in Chippewa Lake, Ohio.
After a series of attacks from opposition groups in the 1970s that killed many of its employees, the Lemoniz Nuclear Power Plant in Vizcaya, Spain, is left to nature.
Graffiti in an abandoned tram station in Sydney, Australia.
Although legal issues are delaying its demolition, the Billingham House in the UK has been closed since 1995.
The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House has been closed since 1988. There have been plans to renovate it for over a decade.
Morning in the Arbed Steel Works in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
A hastily evacuated library in Detroit, Michigan.
A salon in the ghost town of Bodie in California.
A warehouse of collector’s vehicles left in Detroit, Michigan.
Looted lock boxes in an abandoned safe at the National Bank of Detroit.
An abandoned home on 17th & Jefferson in Louisville, Kentucky.
The ghost island of Gunkanjima, deserted after a downturn in the coal industry.
Presidio Modelo, a prison on Isla de la Juventud in Cuba.
This station in Duisburg, Germany, was the site of the 2010 Love Parade. 21 people died as a result of overcrowding.
An abandoned motel in Texas.
Murray’s Pub in Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania.
A school gymnasium in Detroit. Water damage has warped the floor.
Carved out during the war between Georgia and Russia in 1992, Abkhazia’s population fled during heightened tensions, leaving behind this railway station.
In 1993, the Rantoul, Illinois, Chanute Air Force Base, in use during both World War I and II for training, closed its doors and this historic site was left to the elements.