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French photographer Romain Veillon captures photos of abandoned places taken over by nature

A French photographer has captured hauntingly beautiful pictures that showcase abandoned theme parks, homes, and churches worldwide that have slowly been taken over by nature.

Romain Veillon, from Paris, released a book titled ‘Green Urbex: The World Without Us’ at the beginning of October, which takes readers on a visual journey to places that have been forgotten by society.

Mr Veillon wrote that he wants each photograph to tell a story and make people think about what had previously occurred at places that are now derelict and about what the world would look like if mankind disappeared.

French photographer Romain Veillon released a book titled ‘Green Urbex: The World Without Us’, which takes readers on a visual journey to places that have been forgotten by society

He also said that while turning through the pages, he hoped that people were reminded of the need to live ‘in harmony with our habitat’.

One image captured by Mr Veillon showed a stunning church in France that had been abandoned.

While the tiled floor featured stones that had broken and greenery that filled the area, the magnificent architecture and detailed patterns carved along the walls remained intact, along with the colourful stained glass windows that were highly featured on religious buildings.

One image captured by Mr Veillon shows an eerily stunning church in France that has been abandoned

One image captured by Mr Veillon shows an eerily stunning church in France that has been abandoned

Another image featured a building in the ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia, which was once a German colony.

The rooms had been inundated with large amounts of sand. There was one white door remaining sunken in the sand.

The brightly coloured wallpaper of the house had also begun to peel off as nature took its toll.

Another image highlighted a house in the ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia, which was once a German colony

Another image highlighted a house in the ghost town of Kolmanskop in Namibia, which was once a German colony

Vegetation had also slowly taken over an abandoned conservatory at a property in Belgium.

A torn up chair remained in the room, surrounded by greenery that filled the floor and counters as well as windows.

Vegetation has slowly filled this abandoned conservatory at a property in Belgium

Vegetation has slowly filled this abandoned conservatory at a property in Belgium

During his journeys around the world capturing the unbelievable scenes, Mr Veillon also visited Nara Dreamland, a theme park that operated for 45 years in Japan until it was closed down.

Spiralling rusty tracks of a rollercoaster are now engulfed by luscious overgrown trees.

Spiralling rusty tracks of a rollercoaster in Nara Dreamland in Japan are now engulfed by luscious overgrown trees

Spiralling rusty tracks of a rollercoaster in Nara Dreamland in Japan are now engulfed by luscious overgrown trees

Mr Veillon focused more on abandoned locations in Europe close to his country of France for his project due to Covid-19.

But, he mentioned that he still has dreams to travel to a long list of countries to ‘explore and photograph their amazing places’.

Mr Veillon advised keen explorers to always visit abandoned places with a friend and be cautious while exploring the derelict buildings.

‘And don’t forget the urbex motto: ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints,’ he said.

Mr Veillon’s book, complete with all of his recent photography is now available online in French on Amazon France for readers to purchase.

Mr Veillon focused more on abandoned locations in Europe close to his country of France for his project due to Covid-19 (Pictured: A power plant control room in Budapest, Hungary)

Mr Veillon focused more on abandoned locations in Europe close to his country of France for his project due to Covid-19 (Pictured: A power plant control room in Budapest, Hungary)

Mr Veillon advised keen explorers to always visit abandoned places with a friend and be cautious while exploring the derelict buildings (Pictured: A room of an abandoned house, filled with artwork that uses all of the surrounding walls and roof)

Mr Veillon advised keen explorers to always visit abandoned places with a friend and be cautious while exploring the derelict buildings (Pictured: A room of an abandoned house, filled with artwork that uses all of the surrounding walls and roof)

'And don’t forget the urbex motto: ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints,’ Mr Veillon said (Pictured: Aegidium, a movie theatre in Brussels, Belgium)

‘And don’t forget the urbex motto: ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints,’ Mr Veillon said (Pictured: Aegidium, a movie theatre in Brussels, Belgium)

Mr Veillon’s book, complete with all of his recent photography is now available online in French on Amazon France for readers to purchase (pictured: A room taken over by vegetation)

Mr Veillon’s book, complete with all of his recent photography is now available online in French on Amazon France for readers to purchase (pictured: A room taken over by vegetation)

The Tunnel of Love, a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine

The Tunnel of Love, a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine

Buzludzha, an abandoned communist monument in Bulgaria which was originally intended as a meeting and ceremonial hall for the Communist party

Buzludzha, an abandoned communist monument in Bulgaria which was originally intended as a meeting and ceremonial hall for the Communist party


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