Abandoned spaces have long been a subject of fascination to photographers, and that is definitely true for Roman Robroek. Robroek merges his love of photography, travel, architecture, cultural heritage, and adventure by seeking out abandoned buildings. One of his most haunting set of images shows a large number of churches across Europe in different states of decay. Whether these houses of prayer have been abandoned due to a natural disaster, or they are simply located in uninhabited villages, each space has its own unique story to tell.
“I find it important to document a small piece of history that way and open the door for people to peek inside the buildings that they normally wouldn’t see,” Robroek told My Modern Met. “Next to that, I’m a huge fan of the old architecture in general. Modern architecture is not my thing. This way the old architecture won’t be forgotten."
Robroek scouts his locations in several ways. One approach is by virtually discovering churches using Google Street View. In other cases, he plays detective and looks for clues in photographs he finds or searches newspapers for mentions of decaying buildings. Lastly, he has a group of trusted colleagues who share his passion.
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