I first came across the work of Dutch photographer Niki Feijen a couple months ago, when I saw a jaw-dropping gallery of his work in a MailOnline article that was tantalizingly titled "Family life frozen in time: Eerie images of the abandoned farm houses where even the beds are still made."
I'd love to be an urbex photographer, but, at this point, probably wisely, my (very) amateur photography is limited to exterior shots.1
Feijen's work, however, is a real treat. He gave me permission to post the above photograph on Papergreat. His accompanying information states: "The impressive stained glass window of 'Chateau Clochard'. This 15th century castle located in a small French village was an icon for urban explorers. Several pianos were left behind by the former owners who abandoned it over a decade ago. Sadly a fire ravaged the remains of the castle in 2012. Only the outer walls remain."
You can view much of Feijen's work in the galleries on his website, The Art of Urbex. And you can also check out and like his Facebook page, where photographs are regularly featured. I should also point out that he has a limited-edition book, "Disciples of Decay," that is still available.
Here are links to some of my favorite photographs by Feijen, from his extensive galleries, that I don't want you to miss:2
- Time capsule: Abandoned room
- Abandoned farmhouse
- Ferris wheel in Chernobyl
- Mother Nature slowly taking back a hotel room
- Sanatorium staircase (Feijen loves staircase shots)
- Decayed organ inside abandoned church
- Industrial thing that looks like a giant Mouth of Truth
- Spooky church interior #1
- Spooky church interior #2
1. Here are links to some of my exterior shots of falling-down things:
- Dilapidated structures of Southern Jersey
- Creepy and dilapidated structures of the eastern United States, Part 1
- Creepy and dilapidated structures of the eastern United States, Part 2
- Updates on creepy and dilapidated structures of the eastern U.S.
- Photos of the abandoned Great Barrington Fairgrounds
- Photograph of creepy old house for thunderstorm-filled June day
UPDATE: Official response from Feijen, regarding props: "I never bring any props … it would be just to dangerous. If I get out of a building and (have) stuff in my hands I would be arrested for theft."