I came across this Dutch photographer Niki Feijen thanks to Mary McDonald’s Instagram.  He tours Europe and shoots decrepit, abandoned buildings and the result is gorgeous, creepy, sad and beautiful all at the same time.  If you have time, peruse the full gallery on his site and pre-order his new book coming out in September, aptly titled Frozen (his last book sold out).  You could look at each image forever, studying all the details- the peeling wallpaper, detailed woodwork, pair of slippers waiting for their owner… it’s fascinating no?

You also can order prints on acrylic panel. I think one of these printed large scale in a perfectly decorated room would be a very interesting dichotomy…















29 Responses to “Frozen.”

  1. Donna says:

    They are great! “Ruin Porn” seems to be very popular right now–there is an ongoing exhibition at Tate Britain called “Ruin Lust”:

  2. Vanessa says:

    Woah. Those are so hauntingly beautiful. They remind me of Sean Hemmerle’s photographs of Detroit –,29307,1864272_1810098,00.html

  3. Becky says:

    If you liked this, you should must also check out and follow their IG immediately.

    Amazing photos of a restoration of a French chateau that I MUST visit once its done. They plan to open it to the public eventually and I am already planning the trip with my husband, they just need to finish. ;)

  4. lola says:

    Aren’t most of these the aftermath of Sadam Hussein’s palace?

  5. Erin says:

    Becky- I blogged about those guys a couple months ago! So cool.

  6. Erin says:

    Lola- I don’t believe so. I think a lot are in Russia.

  7. Ann says:

    Hauntingly stunning. And they would definitely be an amazing juxtaposition to a beautifully decorated room.

    Love the variety of your posts!

  8. Gloomy yet gorgeous! Makes me want to get in there and do some renovating and restoring…

    Thanks for the introduction,

  9. Stephanie says:

    Oh man. I can’t handle these kind of photos. Such beautiful architecture left to rot is too sad for me! I wish I had all the money so I could restore them…

  10. Eileen says:

    These are so cool. They remind me a bit of Vermeer’s paintings. Here is an article about on how Vermeer’s work may have been an early form of art as photography:

  11. Margo says:

    Love this post. There is something both haunting and comforting about the few things in this world that remain frozen in time. You once did a post about an apartment that remained frozen from WWI that I loved.

  12. Emily says:

    One of the best collections of “ruin porn” I’ve ever seen! Thank you for the post! Can you imagine that those beautiful structures are just sitting there like that? The abandoned insane asylums and orphanages always get me because they designed them to be so beautiful but such horrific things went on inside the walls. It is haunting!

  13. Erin says:

    Amazing photography, very creepy

  14. Nina says:

    Gorgeous! I can imagine old fairy tales playing out in these places.

  15. Lily says:

    Wow. These are simply breathtaking.

    x Lily

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  19. Kelsey says:

    Wow!! These are really cool. I’m in love with the second one. Would love this in my own house!


  20. jessica delaney says:

    hauntingly beautiful really does sum it up!! i too saw one of these on Mary MacDonald’s Insty feed and it took me about a full minute to realize what I was actually looking at!

  21. franki says:

    An artist’s eye….what perception!! franki

  22. The picture of the stairwell taken from the top of the stairs looking down actually looks like the “eye” of the house. I think this home looks like it is actually living a life of its own!

  23. Wow. Incredibly haunting and beautiful. I find the pictures of the staircases particularly captivating… just makes you think of all the ball gowns that have swished over those treads over the years.

  24. lisa says:

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  26. Lisa says:

    Hauntingly beautiful like Grey Gardens…

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  28. Aiden says:

    This is awesome. I am a photographer and a lot of my clients often want to have their engagement photos taken at… abandoned buildings & ruins. It is really difficult to find those here in the city of Boston as the land is really expensive and developers want to get their hands on them to fix it & flip it whenever they get a chance.