Abandonment can puncture one’s soul if seeing a home they once knew now empty and worn. But viewing abandonment from a more removed vantage point can provide an opposing affect. Chilling? Perhaps. But also beautiful in seeing how nature reclaims what was once taken or interrupted, how change in the only constant, and how we ought not get too attached to anything in this world due to its brevity.
Nature reclaims a structure quicker if vegetation is a factor. Interestingly, this next one is also from Italy.
From Italy to Ireland, vegetation reclaims another building.
And from lush forests to parched lands, a home gets eaten up the way things do in the desert.
Large, modern cities don’t empty out in such dramatic fashion. Nonetheless, it’s telling to see these population centers exist as shells of their former selves:
MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION, DETROIT
It isn’t just natural disasters or economic downfalls that empty out buildings. Sometimes it’s grave errors:
On a lighter note, sometimes events just end:
1984 WINTER OLYMPICS BOBSLEIGH TRACK IN SARAJEVO
Finally, these last three elicit eerier extremes:
May we accept change, the temporary nature of everything. Use this understanding to let our guard down and go with life’s flow.