Going beyond the mere aesthetic beauty of Robroek’s photographs, the book also features descriptive texts filled with fascinating details about these crumbling urban ruins. As part of his creative journey, the photographer delved deeper into the storied pasts of these haunting locations in an effort to understand how such magnificent edifices came to be so neglected. The result of his efforts is 256 pages of powerful stories and visual imagery that remind us of these battered dwellings and allow us to appreciate them before they are truly lost.
“One of the definitions of the word ‘Oblivion’ is the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one—the state of being abandoned or forgotten by the general public,” Robroek explains. “The dualism in the book title reflects the moving and one-of-a-kind story of each place… Oblivion is a closer look at places that remind us that we don’t live in a vacuum and that nothing lasts forever. Life is transformation, and loss can be a gateway to change or even opportunity. Every abandoned site is not just a crumbling pile of materials, but an intersection of fortuitous events, characters, choices, and so many other things that led those places to fall into their current state.”
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Photographer Roman Robroek captures enchanting images that showcase the haunting beauty of abandoned places.
Now he has compiled his stunning images of urban decay into a photography book titled Oblivion.
“Oblivion is a closer look at places that remind us that we don’t live in a vacuum and that nothing lasts forever.”