Photos: Christian Richter
Following the reunification of Germany in 1990, photographer Christian Richter began exploring the grand yet decrepit buildings of his nation's past. He quickly fell in love with the old architecture — tranformed by years of decay — and it wasn't long before he added photography into the mix. The resulting images are now a part of his "Abandoned" series, which features the decades-long deterioration of extravagant staircases, vaulted ceilings and winding corridors.
For Richter, the exquisite patterns and textures serve as a sober reminder that "everything is impermanent."
Although all the images possess an eerie quality, Richter sometimes happens upon places that really stand out in the creepy department. Once he stumbled upon a crematorium — complete with old kilns and funeral chambers.
To prevent vandalism or trampling of these beautiful buildings, Richter declines to share the locations of his photographs. However, we can still enjoy these amazing properties through Richter's lens.
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