Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013


More haunting abandoned houses, photographed by Dutch photographer Niki Feijen. It's like Detroit, only with old-world elegance. Where did the owners go?

What strikes me: If I walked out of my door today and never came back to my house, it would look in seventy-odd years like the aftermath of a tsunami, not perfectly gorgeous like these specimens.

Also: the television is the jarring note in these photos. Everything else looks timeless, and many of the non-electronic items would probably still function just as well now as they did on the day they were last used. But the television, likely the most futuristic item in any of these dwellings when they were abandoned, looks pathetic and obsolete. There is no grandeur about it. It's just junk.

Be sure to click through and look at the the eeriest photo of all: the figures in church.


Enbrethiliel said...


I'd ask not just about the owners, but also about the rest of the population. I find it remarkable that the flats weren't looted or at least opened up again by their landlords.

That's a good observation about the television sets. All the other furnishings had been created to last as long as possible, but planned obsolescence probably began with the TV.

Barb said...

I'm wondering why these people left all of their things behind...