When most people jet off to Europe, they’re usually looking to backpack through the mountains, tour old-world castles, and, of course, sip on all the delicious vino from the many vineyards around the continent. But for Paris-based photographer Romain Veillon, his European to-do list always revolves around one thing: capturing photos of abandoned places.
Veillon’s fascination with derelict spots started when he was a child and used to play in abandoned warehouses while visiting his grandparents. As he got older, his love of deserted sites turned into a career of traveling around Europe and snapping pictures of decaying houses, empty churches, and decommissioned trains. Now, after years of collecting pictures, Veillon, 32, has turned his adventures into a photo book entitled “Ask the Dust,” to share his snapshots with the world.
“I want people to look at these photos and let their minds wander,” Veillon says. “There are hidden stories and messages behind every picture that I want people to create.”
Beyond that, though, he hopes his photography will encourage others to reflect on the cycle of life and learn to appreciate the beauty of forgotten history.
“I love when nature takes over human constructions,” he explains. “It puts into perspective our presence on earth and reminds us that we are only passers-by.”
Scroll down for more of his work, and prepare to be covered in goosebumps:
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