A photographer has shared a series of images that show the captivating beauty of abandoned and derelict buildings across Italy.
The series is called ‘Abandoned H.Ell’ and comes from Italian photographer Ell Costi who travelled through several Italian regions capturing hospitals, houses, asylums and hotels that have been left lying abandoned for a number of different reasons. Some of the houses featured collapsed after earthquakes, with owners being forced to abandon the buildings. Often, the excessive costs mean that the Italian state has not stepped in to help renovate the spaces, leaving them to become time capsules of their former lives.
“I travelled all through Italy seeking places filled with stories and lived life, left forgotten to the power of dust. From houses still furnished with richly painted large rooms to ex-psychiatric hospitals, from churches to border schools and monasteries,” Ell told Lonely Planet News. A range of objects from previous owners can be seen in the photographs, including photo albums, pianos, books, medicines and closets full of clothes.
Ell’s next project sees her documenting a trip on the Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing through three continents. More of her work is available on her website.