What if mankind disappeared completely from the earth? Through the pages, you will see the floors covered by dust, walls cracked, wood rotting, and nature invading slowly those places that used to be full of life, reminding us of the necessity to live in harmony with our habitat.
Nature cannot resist the pressure and damage Man is doing for much longer. Through the pages, I will take you on a journey with me to castles, schools, hospitals, factories, and churches that have been forgotten by us.
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It’s really interesting and strange at the same time to see that we have a huge fascination for ruins and a world where mankind has disappeared, which explains the success of post-apocalypse shows or video games. What do we love so much in them? I would imagine that, like many people, discovering the decaying house at the end of the street is a memory we all have deep inside of us.
When I encounter such a place, my goal is that everybody can travel in the past with me and make up the stories they decide to want to: Why was this place abandoned? What happened to the former owners? What used to happen in this room? People make their own kind of answer. It makes them go into their imaginary world and become the hero of their own adventure where they are the detective. Each story will be different from one another, and that’s what I love. To me, my pictures act as a new kind of “Memento Mori”; they are here to remind us that everything has an end and that we should enjoy it while it lasts.
Childhood is the key to my inspiration. I would imagine that, like many people, discovering the decaying house at the end of the street is a memory we all have deep inside of us. When I encounter such a place, my goal is that everybody can travel in the past with me and make up the stories they decide they want to. We can see in my photographs what the world could look like if humans disappeared from earth and I don’t know exactly why, but we are all fascinated by this post-apocalyptic vision (in urbex, but also in comics, video games, books, or series: the term “ruin porn” was even invented to describe this fascination). Maybe we need to be the witness of that to enjoy what we have and the time in front of us. But now my inspiration is also to show people that what we have the chance to have isn’t eternal and that we need to take care of our planet if we don’t want to precipitate the already many disturbing threats.
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