The photos have been taken in the past 5 years of exploring and photographing abandoned buildings in France. The buildings you see in the photos have a wide range regarding their purpose. They’ve been, for example, homes, churches, hospitals, castles and transportation.


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Some places were obviously harder to visit than the others. Most of these buildings were found in the parks, everything was open and no-one was looking after it anymore. Some of the buildings, however, required me to carefully plan where and when to park my car, walk across a park, climb into an open window or crawl through a hole. It’s not always easy but I would use an entrance that’s already there. When a building is closed, it’s closed and I move on to the next one. That’s part of the game.

France has a lovely architecture and history which fascinates me. That’s one of the reasons why I love shooting abandoned buildings in this country. Funny thing is that there is a noticeable difference between the Northern part of the country and the Southern part.

Personally, I enjoy exploring the Southern part more. Roads seem to be wider, there seem to be fewer people and there is definitely more sun. Buildings are just as beautiful as in the North though. The North is more accessible for me. Interestingly enough some of the buildings in the photos have either been destroyed or are in renovation. For example, the beautiful chapel with plants on the floor is undergoing renovation works. The cloister has been damaged heavily recently and is undergoing repairs. The church with debris on the floor has unfortunately collapsed.

I currently use a Sony A7Rii with a 16-32mm wide-angle Zeiss lens, and a 24-70mm zoom Zeiss lens. In the past I’ve been shooting with a Canon EOS 650d and a 10-18mm Canon wide-angle lens. When shooting abandoned buildings, I mostly use my wide-angle to try and capture as much of the room as possible.

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#2 Abandoned Greenhouse

Abandoned Greenhouse

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Swapan Mukherjee 1 week ago

An abandoned greenhouse?! So beautiful ! Who would be so heartless to demolish it one day?

#3 Abandoned Piano

Abandoned Piano

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Charlotte Brine 1 week ago

An absoloutely stunning shot, the alignment is visually perfect and beautiful!

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#4 Abandoned Staircase (Eye)

Abandoned Staircase (Eye)

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Liv 1 week ago

That's some Count Olaf type stairs.

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#5 Abandoned Car (Simca)

Abandoned Car (Simca)

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Swapan Mukherjee 1 week ago

Reminds me of my Mercedes 190B, which was beyond repair ! Eventually, sold it for pittance. Bought a HDD with the money!

#7 Abandoned Living Room

Abandoned Living Room

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Patrick Davies 1 week ago

There's a story hiding there. How does so much furniture, a canon and what looks like a British naval ensign end up together....

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#11 Abandoned Control Room

Abandoned Control Room

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Daria B 1 week ago

This is so much like in video games. Here you can find the key to open that door you needed to pass through to proceed and go on to the next level.

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#12 Abandoned Room With Chairs

Abandoned Room With Chairs

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Ajka Malinovská 1 week ago

Anytime I see similar pictures I imagine the story behind the picture... Who was the owner of this building? Who was sitting in this chair/sofa? How did he/she look like? Did he/she dreamed about something looking through the window? What his/her life about? etc...

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#13 Abandoned Staircase

Abandoned Staircase

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Charlotte Brine 1 week ago

Another definite Resident Evil room!

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#14 Abandoned Church

Abandoned Church

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Swapan Mukherjee 1 week ago

Such beautiful, glowing light, as if there still is Divine presence.

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#16 Abandoned Green Bathroom

Abandoned Green Bathroom

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Charlotte Brine 1 week ago

At night this would definitely be a resident evil room! Dead guy in the tub... ZOMBIE ALERT!!!

#17 Bird Cage In Abandoned Hospital

Bird Cage In Abandoned Hospital

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Charlotte Brine 1 week ago

This would violate so many health and safety and hygiene regulations!

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#18 Abandoned Morgue

Abandoned Morgue

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ugaas wiilhoog 6 days ago

Creeps the bejezus out of me. Imagine being there at night. 😱😱😱

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#19 Abandoned Wine Storage

Abandoned Wine Storage

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Charlotte Brine 1 week ago

In a horror game this would certainly be filled with creepy dark green water and floating bodies and underwater grabbing Zombies!

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