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My Photos Of Stairs In Abandoned Buildings That I’ve Collected Over The Years
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My Photos Of Stairs In Abandoned Buildings That I’ve Collected Over The Years

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.

At this time, I fell in love with photographing old buildings. After I made some fails, I bought a tripod and started exploring new level of photography in October, 2011. 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.

I took these pictures with a 5D MK2 and a wide angle lens 16-35 L mm.

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EliyahuRooff
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm amazed that so much beautiful architecture is allowed to decay and fall into ruin.

TomMiller
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yep and it was a pretty dangerous photo shooting, I guess http://bit.ly/1Cedk7k

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CherylGaston
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

extraordinary, and very sad. If those stairs could talk...

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very sad. One can only imagine how grand these buildings once were. The quality of workmanship tells all. A magic wand is needed.

RJazz909
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Creepy, Erie...but super cool...i feel bad for all of that beauty that is now ruin. 1 of those pics it looks like all it needs is a vacuum

LauraMckinney
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Keep coming back for another look. Each time I find something new to ponder. The old pianos stir my imagination, and I can often visualize

FatéméAhmadi
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The building used to be beautiful, But now...

IsnaLatifah
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like those staircases will lead us into wonderland

JanisPederson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Classic Clean Traditional Composition...refreshing amid Digital Pulp...

LeslieHumphrey
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What incredible photography - eye candy everywhere!

Cookiejar
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not only are those places incredible, but you have a great eye to capture their essence. Double likes!

RaylenePiazza
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pictures are awesome, the story though is yet to be told, why are these mansions abandoned, who designed the buildings?

BillMastin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photos could inspire someone to rehab one of these projects.

BillMastin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With any luck perhaps your photos might inspire someone with imagination and $ to rehab some of these.

MartinAdams
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I owe the photographer and Boredpanda a 'chit' of thanks! This, and other 'views' are spectacular. Someone's passions are showing.

LucileKesterson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think these pictures were outstanding.

ThomasSteenholt
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Super cool.. What objektive do you use? Thanks for the nice pictures :)

MichelBaecke
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am glad you've received this camera; how I love to follow your route to see this for myself, to think that they are gone, yet live here!

RhondaWhisenhunt
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be absolutely wonderful if all could be restored.

BarbieSmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful photos. I wish someone could go through and remove the ones that are not time ruined and recycle them !

GailMcnally
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love these. I love photographing stairs. Yours are magnificent.

DelightKilyan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, heartbreaking. I want the staircases and buildings to be rescued and restores to their original glory.

JennyJozwiak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this! I have a think for abandoned buildings...esp mental institutions and hospitals!

RachelleA.Zazzu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love love love this pix. In a completely unhealthy and irrational way. Where can I buy a print?

DarleenColeWarren
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, I wonder where all they places are. You can just stare at them for hours.

JulieSavard
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, incredible pictures! You have a great eye, thank you so much for sharing it!

blackdarkstorm
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank for those awesome pictures ! Even dilapidated they are still beautiful. These pics make me picture imaginary worlds , strange stories

AnnKrombholz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for those wonderful photos! I love staircases for their metaphoric too. Looking yours I don't know, which one is my favorite. :-)

SueSellar
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful - each staircase needs a story.

AlastairBromwich-Esq
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This incredible and has made my day. I'm obsessed with these kinds of images. Keep doing this for us all. @tweedcladshibb

54bb5622a3da0
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved the pictures, it's sad to see those building in ruins now. They looked so grand.

DebbieAshmon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

stunning photographs. The architecture is off the charts!

PeggyWestmoreland
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful composition, even the colors look abandoned.

Tantethenoma
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back at my birthplace Holland, I took rolls and rolls of photos of old wooden front doors. Beautiful craftsmanship! Makes nice collage.

Tantethenoma
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sooo sad to see such incredible architecture and designs...such talents..decaying or being replaced by boring unstimulating quick jobs.

StephanieKeilholtz
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Architecturally stunning. Imagine what this architecture was like when it was new?

BrazilianSky
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful work In every way, Except for the Delightful decay

KimberlyReynolds
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are some that aren't that bad. Hopefully they won't be let fall to ruins.

MaryLivesey
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Particularly liked the spiral staircases, quite abstract, but all were interesting

mgb100
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing photographic theme and beautiful representations!

LauraMckinney
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The life that might have gone on over time on the stairs and in the nooks where they take us.

RuteHanabi
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

love. I also have a thing for stairs. not ruined is best but even ruined they look amazing

EliyahuRooff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm amazed that so much beautiful architecture is allowed to decay and fall into ruin.

TomMiller
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yep and it was a pretty dangerous photo shooting, I guess http://bit.ly/1Cedk7k

Load More Replies...
CherylGaston
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

extraordinary, and very sad. If those stairs could talk...

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very sad. One can only imagine how grand these buildings once were. The quality of workmanship tells all. A magic wand is needed.

RJazz909
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Creepy, Erie...but super cool...i feel bad for all of that beauty that is now ruin. 1 of those pics it looks like all it needs is a vacuum

LauraMckinney
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Keep coming back for another look. Each time I find something new to ponder. The old pianos stir my imagination, and I can often visualize

FatéméAhmadi
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The building used to be beautiful, But now...

IsnaLatifah
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like those staircases will lead us into wonderland

JanisPederson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Classic Clean Traditional Composition...refreshing amid Digital Pulp...

LeslieHumphrey
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What incredible photography - eye candy everywhere!

Cookiejar
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not only are those places incredible, but you have a great eye to capture their essence. Double likes!

RaylenePiazza
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pictures are awesome, the story though is yet to be told, why are these mansions abandoned, who designed the buildings?

BillMastin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photos could inspire someone to rehab one of these projects.

BillMastin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With any luck perhaps your photos might inspire someone with imagination and $ to rehab some of these.

MartinAdams
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I owe the photographer and Boredpanda a 'chit' of thanks! This, and other 'views' are spectacular. Someone's passions are showing.

LucileKesterson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think these pictures were outstanding.

ThomasSteenholt
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Super cool.. What objektive do you use? Thanks for the nice pictures :)

MichelBaecke
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am glad you've received this camera; how I love to follow your route to see this for myself, to think that they are gone, yet live here!

RhondaWhisenhunt
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be absolutely wonderful if all could be restored.

BarbieSmith
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful photos. I wish someone could go through and remove the ones that are not time ruined and recycle them !

GailMcnally
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love these. I love photographing stairs. Yours are magnificent.

DelightKilyan
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, heartbreaking. I want the staircases and buildings to be rescued and restores to their original glory.

JennyJozwiak
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this! I have a think for abandoned buildings...esp mental institutions and hospitals!

RachelleA.Zazzu
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love love love this pix. In a completely unhealthy and irrational way. Where can I buy a print?

DarleenColeWarren
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, I wonder where all they places are. You can just stare at them for hours.

JulieSavard
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, incredible pictures! You have a great eye, thank you so much for sharing it!

blackdarkstorm
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank for those awesome pictures ! Even dilapidated they are still beautiful. These pics make me picture imaginary worlds , strange stories

AnnKrombholz
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for those wonderful photos! I love staircases for their metaphoric too. Looking yours I don't know, which one is my favorite. :-)

SueSellar
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful - each staircase needs a story.

AlastairBromwich-Esq
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This incredible and has made my day. I'm obsessed with these kinds of images. Keep doing this for us all. @tweedcladshibb

54bb5622a3da0
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved the pictures, it's sad to see those building in ruins now. They looked so grand.

DebbieAshmon
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

stunning photographs. The architecture is off the charts!

PeggyWestmoreland
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful composition, even the colors look abandoned.

Tantethenoma
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Back at my birthplace Holland, I took rolls and rolls of photos of old wooden front doors. Beautiful craftsmanship! Makes nice collage.

Tantethenoma
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sooo sad to see such incredible architecture and designs...such talents..decaying or being replaced by boring unstimulating quick jobs.

StephanieKeilholtz
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Architecturally stunning. Imagine what this architecture was like when it was new?

BrazilianSky
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful work In every way, Except for the Delightful decay

KimberlyReynolds
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are some that aren't that bad. Hopefully they won't be let fall to ruins.

MaryLivesey
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Particularly liked the spiral staircases, quite abstract, but all were interesting

mgb100
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing photographic theme and beautiful representations!

LauraMckinney
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The life that might have gone on over time on the stairs and in the nooks where they take us.

RuteHanabi
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

love. I also have a thing for stairs. not ruined is best but even ruined they look amazing

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