Check Out This Photographer Who Saw the Beauty in What No One Else Could

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Source: Matthias Haker

Our world has grown rapidly over the past few decades, and while the number of new buildings has increased, the number of abandoned buildings has ironically increased as well. These buildings often times have incredible histories, but they’re left to rot and waste away into nothing.

Most people don’t notice these abandoned buildings or they only notice them enough to wish they were torn down. Some people, though, see the beauty in what no one else can. Welcome to the world of Matthias Haker, a photographer from Germany.

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Haker has built some fame for himself on the internet by photographing old, abandoned buildings and sharing the pictures online. Despite the buildings being worn down and faded, his pictures paint them in a whole other light. The pictures are full of vibrant colors and bright imagery that bring these buildings back to life and show the beauty that once was, and still is.
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Source: Matthias Haker

Haker is a wedding photographer, but it’s clear that his passion is in his abandoned building project. These pictures are powerful nods to the past. Many of them show that, despite the dust and debris, there’s still a lot of beauty. They also show where and how people lived and worked in the past.
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Some of the buildings are even being overrun by vegetation, but the green adds a nice pop to the photos. It also shows the power of nature when it’s left to do its thing.
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Many people ask where the locations of the buildings are so that they can visit them, but Haker keeps the locations a mystery on purpose. It’s not that he’s selfishly keeping these places to himself because clearly, he loves to share the pictures with the world. Actually, he just wants to preserve them from being trampled on and vandalized by tourists.
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Source: Matthias Haker

Seeing all these incredibly designed and constructed buildings from the past raises some thought-provoking questions: New buildings are being erected all the time — will they meet the same fate as these relics? Why weren’t these wonderful buildings preserved for use by modern humanity?
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While many of these old buildings will likely be demolished at some point, at least we have Haker’s magnificent photos to preserve them eternally. We can only imagine that this project has done wonders for his career, as he’s captured some real gems.

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