the beauty of decay photo series depicts long-forgotten european interiors, by michael schwan

the beauty of decay photo series depicts long-forgotten european interiors, by michael schwan

photographer michael schwan’s mission is to explore ‘lost places’ across europe — he describes himself as part of the group of urban explorers. he is curious about what’s hidden behind the closed door, and this is the reason he started his series titled ‘the beauty of decay’.

staircase in an abandoned courthouse in germany



whether furnished villas in portugal or vacant magnificent castles in polandschwan makes a perfect picture of the scenery accompanied by long-forgotten pieces of past, such as broken pianos, which, by the way, we have already seen in the work shot by romain thiery. the photographer invites the observers to accompany him on a journey into the past, places that no one had seen for a long time, places which step by step are taken by nature.

banquet hall in an abandoned castle in poland


banquet hall in an abandoned castle in germany


ballroom in an abandoned hotel in Germany


projector in an abandoned theater in belgium


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piano and staircase in an abandoned castle in france


a magnificent ballroom in a deserted castle in poland


entrance to an abandoned 5-star hotel in portugal


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reading room with baroque armchairs in an abandoned mansion in france


the abandoned exchanges in antwerp


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staircase in an abandoned castle in poland


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winter garden with piano inana abandoned castle in poland


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • Coming from an area in a time when a ‘Howard Johnson’s’ restaurant with its orange roof was a ‘landmark’, it is unthinkable that these properties would be ‘abandoned’?! …part 2: It is also unthinkable that these properties would not have been looted and tagged by lowlife — as in Detroit.



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