This House Was Abandoned. That Is, Until Some Unusal Guests Decided To Take It Over.

When photographer Kai Fagerström went exploring in he woods near his family's summer home, he found something unexpected. 

A neighboring home in this Salo, Finland area was vacant, its owners either having abandoned it or passed away.

Kai Fagerström photographed the house's new residents: a group of feral animals.

“Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions,” says Fagerström. 

“I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.”


“When I go into these houses, it’s like stepping back in time— the past lingers in the corners," he says.

“But there’s consolation in the idea that nature is reclaiming the places it has lent to people.”


Fagerström's story ran in the National Geographic feature "Once Upon a Home." 

Fagerström was a prize-winning BBC Wildlife photographer for his series.

Fagerström was the Finnish Wildlife photographer for 2011 and 2012.

Credit: Kai Fagerström | Twisted Sifter

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