Long after they were left alone in rust and disuse, these lonesome structures are documented on film before they truly become relics of the past.
Silke Seybold is a photographer from Germany. She is fascinated by the empty spaces devoid of human activity but once were thriving environments of workers and progress. Her ongoing series of photos taken in abandoned plants, warehouses and other buildings offer a peek into a world long forgotten but not quite gone.
One look at Seybold’s photographs and you can feel the loneliness in the abandoned buildings. These massive structures that were once symbols of progress and growth are now withering in some abandoned place. Lonesome as they may appear, these places offer a reprieve from the bustling cityscapes of the modern metropolis.
Going into the process used to create these images, Seybold used lithography to hand print her photos. What the viewer can easily take away from the series is the feeling of solitude in places and the vintage approach in Seybold’s photographs adds to that in effect. You can almost feel the rust and decay grinding these once strong structures into obscurity. This feeling perhaps pushed Seybold to document the compelling states of these abandoned places and objects on medium format film.