|Goodbye, 2015. Niki Feijen.|
Do you ever wonder what lies behind the fence, past the Do Not Enter sign? Dutch photographer Niki Feijen takes you on an excursion into a world hidden in plain sight. Specializing in documenting abandoned places and forgotten architecture, Feijen travels the globe looking for more hidden gems tucked away. Beauty isn't always pristine and intact, and Feijen truly captures the beauty of decay in deteriorating places. His photography gives you a glimpse into the past and tells a story about what the place was once like. Once he comes across an impressive, yet eerie location, he tries to preserve what's left of the past by capturing the captivating character of them before they collapse. Each photo blends together the concepts of beauty and decay, and wishes to express that essence to his audiences. He is known for not using any artificial light sources, but instead uses a subtle HDR technique to capture the natural light in these dimly lit locations.
His work is represented in visual form or the public in two separate books that have been independently published: "Disciple of Decay" from April of 2013 and "Frozen" from September of 2014. In 2010 he had the opportunity to visit the best known place of desertion: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and had the chance to photograph his adventure into this abandoned region. Feijen's photographs have been exhibited at art galleries and international art fairs. His work has also been featured on NBC, BBC, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail and ABC News. As of recently his work has been a part of the Sir Elton John photography collection.
Each photo really brings you to the hidden places he has found; bringing you beyond that fence and into the abandoned locations you could only dream of coming across. If you have interests in urban exploration and photography, this is one photographer you are going to want to follow.
|Final Destination, date unknown, abandoned powerplant. Niki Feijen.|
|The Cell, date unknown, abandoned communist prison. Niki Feijen.|
|Fear and Decay in an abandoned prison, date unknown. Niki Feijen.|
|Deafening Silence, 2010, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Niki Feijen.|