I Photographed Bastnäs, Sweden’s Abandoned Car Graveyard (19 Pics)
Tucked away in a wooded section of wilderness in the Värmland region of Sweden is Bastnäs, a small cluster of dwellings that are surrounded by a vast scrapyard of used cars. The vehicles were brought here during the 1940s '50s and '60s and lined up in rows beneath the trees. People would travel from all over the region, including neighboring Norway to buy spare parts as they were very expensive when buying them brand new.
I had wanted to shoot at Bastnäs for a number of years and finally got my chance in the Spring of 2018. There was still a little snow on the ground in places and the day we spent there was fairly overcast so not ideal light, in summer the wrecks are covered in ferns so traveling there for different seasons would produce good results photographically too. I think I may return one day. If you enjoy photographing abandonment and rusting metal then it comes highly recommended. You can stay in the small town of Töcksfors, around 20km to the north along dirt roads.
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