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Photographer records abandoned locations and explains ‘ghostly presence’

Courage and no fear of ghosts. English photographer Simon Sugden took photographs of several abandoned buildings across Britain and decided to publish the images in one place, his book Abandoned in Britain.

Born in Yorkshire, England’s largest county, the professional captured images of empty spaces, which are often left behind to slowly decay. In the book, the photographer wrote that he noticed on several occasions that a certain “ghostly presence of a past life” remained in the buildings. And it is in this beauty amidst memories of a past filled with life with present abandon that the photographer is inspired to record.

And the images can be truly frightening: one of an empty swimming pool on Merseyside, a rust-ridden theme park in Lancashire, a disused farmhouse in East Yorkshire, and an aircraft cemetery.

Tim Sanders of the Royal Photographic Society signs the foreword to the book where he describes some of the obstacles that Simon faced while photographing: he sometimes visited worm-infested, dusty and guano-stained places, Worked in environments that required them to use breathing apparatus.

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Empty Farmhouse in East Yorkshire

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

“I am sure that many buildings look bleak and crumbling at first glance, but they are transformed to be developed and atmospheric under the lens of Simon. Simon gives these buildings a new lease of life in this book, present and future generations while preserving a tangible visual record”, Sanders says.

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Old boats in a coastal town in Lascashire

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

In short, Simon has given a new lease of life to these buildings in this book, preserving a tangible visual record for present and future generations.

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Waterless pool at Empty Merseyside Spa

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

amazing collection

Through 128 pages, the photographer manages to reveal the beauty found in abandoned buildings and structures.

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unused university auditorium

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

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Church with missing pieces of glass in Lascashire

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

Boats, cars and planes were left behind and many are seen rotting in the landscape. Yet many appear almost untouched by disuse.

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Plane Cemetery in Spitfire

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

“I was invited to document this [Drummonds Mill] Over five years and saw it the night it burned down,” he says of an industrial complex he had registered.

“I was devastated to see it destroyed like this, but I wanted to record its final hours because it was the building that introduced me to urban photography and I learned my craft from it.”

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Drummond Mill was a complex of industrial buildings in Lumb Lane, Manningham.

Image: Simon Sugden / Abandoned Britain

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