The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

Thousands of Fish To Be Freed From Abandoned Mall Fish-Hell

Last year, we learned about Bangkok's New World Mall, among the most dystopian places on the planet. It's a shopping mall in the middle of one of the world's more tumultuous cities that was abandoned nearly 20 years ago. After a roof collapse, the mall flooded, and a population of fish thrived in newly formed ponds.… » 1/16/15 10:46am 1/16/15 10:46am

Elaborate Dioramas Model the Apocalypse in Miniature

We can do a lot with Photoshop, from faking entire military operations to whatever this is. But sometimes, low-tech trickery is just more fun. Such is the case with the work of Lori Nix, a photographer who specializes in shooting urban dioramas containing scenes of complete and utter destruction. » 11/05/13 12:40pm 11/05/13 12:40pm

An Ephemeral Tour of Europe's Abandoned Industrial Ruins

We Americans tend to conceptualize "old" in very recent terms—which explains our collective fascination with ruin porn. If the decay of European cities receives less attention, it's just because it's much more ubiquitous. French photographer and self-described "urban explorer" Thomas Jorion has made a career out of… » 8/20/13 4:00pm 8/20/13 4:00pm