Photographer Captures Stunning Photos While Exploring Hidden, Abandoned Places Around The World

December 30, 2014

Photographer Matt Emmett of Forgotten Heritage Photography has been shooting at abandoned locations for the last three years. Since he first climbed the fences surrounding a derelict jet engine research establishment in the UK, he has been hooked on the thrill of photographing the amazing and otherworldly scenes found at many of these forgotten and secretive locations.

Abandoned Health Spa

The view from an upper floor window of an abandoned health spa in Belgium.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

A stunning classical roman style ceiling in the health spa's entrance lobby.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Abandoned School Chapel

A recently abandoned school housed this small but stunning chapel in Europe.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Abandoned Synagogue

Symmetry shot of the beautiful main auditorium at a synagogue in the UK.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Abandoned University

The impressive frontage of an educational faculty in a busy Belgian city.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

AutoLoom

German Schlafhorst Autoconer machine at a long abandoned textile mill in the UK.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Blast Furnace

A mass of gas pipes snakes around the central core of an industrial blast furnace. This structure is a vast tower of rusting metal that dominates the skyline of this Belgian city.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Coal Mine Ruins

The sunset creates a warm glow on the walls of this architecturally impressive derelict coal mine.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Control Panel Closeup

Banks of switches, dials and gauges on this vintage control desk in an abandoned power station.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Derelict Asylum

The impressive frontage of a once grand asylum, years of abandonment have taken their toll on the building and just an empty shell now remains.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Dye Vats - Abandoned Textile Mill

Sunlight filters down through the broken roof of this abandoned textile mill. An important heritage location from Britain's early industrial days.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Empty Chateau

Some of the chairs littering a room in this largely empty chateau, once used regularly for wedding hire.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Majestic Stairs

The grand staircase that once led to the principles office at this now disused university site in Europe.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Power Station Pipes

Detail shot of high pressure pipes designed to carry steam around a European power Station.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Radar Dome

The exterior of a military radar tracking station at dusk.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

The interior lit up from the outside by the sunset.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Retro TV

A retro TV set sits surrounded by the gradually worsening decay in an abandoned house in the UK.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Ruined Castle

A sprawling castle complex in Wales, left for many years for nature to reclaim.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Ruined Colonnade

A beautiful folly in the grounds of a once immaculate and grand country estate. After a fire gutted the house 70 years previously the entire estate was left to the elements and now resembles something more akin to the jungle bound temples in Angkor, Cambodia.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Subterranean Cistern

Deep beneath London are a series wonderful spaces of Victorian construction. This is the view within one of several large underground reservoirs beneath the capital.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

Wind Tunnel 24' Fan

The vast 24' diameter fan prop blades at the Farnborough Royal Aircraft Establishment wind tunnel complex in England.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

The view looking out from behind the air fans.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

The photographer stands within the wind tunnel, in front of a set of four turning vanes that direct the air flow around a series of 90 degree turns on the way back to the testing platform and fan.

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Matt Emmett / Forgotten Heritage Photography

To see more of Matt Emmett's amazing work visit Forgotten Heritage on Facebook! You can also visit his website.

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