I've resized my pics down to 640x428 to try and make this thread as easy to load as possible! My sincere apologies if there are too many photographs in the thread. I just thought it would be easier than spreading them out over several posts. I first developed a fascination with abandoned places in the mid 90's. I was about 6 when I was walking with my family in a remote part of Yorkshire. We stumbled across an enormous derelict factory in the woods, and I was completely dumbfounded by it. The place probably wasn't even that big, but it sure seemed it at that age. I couldn't understand how so many people had seemingly vanished from somewhere so big, leaving all their things behind. I suppose I always had an insatiable curiosity, but this experience triggered what will probably be a lifelong passion. I'm deeply interested in history, so I get a great kick out of discovering these kinda places. It wasn't until 2008 that I began traveling to Europe, and especially to former Soviet countries to document these places with my friend Koryssa, through photography. This is a bit of a strange hobby, some people get it, and others don't --- but below you'll find my photographs ranging from mid 2011 to August last year. I enjoy bringing these forgotten treasures back into the present where people can admire them. Enjoy! Ukraine Chernobyl was my dream explore since age 15 and it took me 6 years to accomplish it. I was then as I am now completely obsessed with Chernobyl. I never thought I'd get to see it with my own eyes. Here are my photographs of the infamous reactor, Pripyat and the surrounding exclusion zone. East Germany Below is a former asylum, turned abandoned sanatorium in East Germany. I know that Adolf Hitler was treated here in WWI. Erich Honecker was also treated here in the 90's. There was a huge battle here in 1945, venture into the basement and you'll find lots of pockmarked service tunnels from the fighting, this place is way cool. Russia The entrance to a Soviet ghost town I visited in September 2011, in the middle of nowhere. Took me hours to find it. I couldn't find out much about it, but I know they used to store nukes here in the 70's. They also brought scientists and their families in to work on certain projects. I came perilously close to being attacked by wolves during this one. That's all folks, thanks for viewing! Hope you liked em.