German photographer captures haunting shots from places unknown

More often than not, people are always curious about abandoned buildings and places, but never act with respect while inside those places. This is because they’re forget the glorious past and beauty of such places. But German-based freelance photographer Mathhias Haker is immensely in love with these abandoned buildings, and has captured these ghostly buildings in a way that you’ll probably never see anywhere else.

In a series entitled Impermanence, the multi-talented artist explores and captures the ghostliness and grandeur of crumbling places of worship such as synagogues, golden chapels and dissonantly silent rooms that were in the past used for prayer. As if that’s not enough, Haker also travels the world to vividly capture decaying ballrooms and abandoned hotel lobbies that were once full of guests.

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Photo by Matthias Haker

His illuminating pictures show the architectural nuances of these abandoned buildings and highlight their different details such as peeling paints, rotting wooden furniture, green moss, dusty walls and the general surrealism created by the emptiness of the large and lonely spaces.

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Photo by Matthias Haker

To protect these abandoned locations from theft and vandalism and to maintain their integrity, Haker never discloses the location of any of his images. This technique is essential in elating the mystery that defines his shots. Even though these images show nature’s reclaiming dominance over stunning and deserted man-made constructions, they’ll make you wonder about the glory years of these places with a mixture of sadness, wistfulness, curiosity and beauty. They look almost akin to the destroyed history in Syria.

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Photo by Matthias Haker

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Photo by Matthias Haker

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Photo by Matthias Haker