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Hauntingly Surreal Images Of Abandoned Schools Around The World

Because abandoned porn is the best.

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For over a decade, photographer Chris Luckhardt has been traveling the world in search of the ruins of abandoned places that once held great importance in the lives of the people in the area he is visiting.

Luckhardt uses simple online searching, as well as word of mouth from other explorers, to find and select the locations for his photos, although he notes that sometimes, you can stumble upon something great without even realizing it. His travels have taken him across Canada and the United States, as well as countries such as Japan and Belgium.

One of his main areas of exploration is the abandoned school buildings that dot the landscape across the United States and the world.

Redford High School — Detroit, Michigan, USA

St. Peter & Paul School — Buffalo, New York, USA

Holley High School — Holley, New York, USA

Stanard School — Cleveland, Ohio, USA

San Haven Sanatorium — Dunseith, North Dakota, USA

Although the name “sanatorium” doesn’t conjure up images of a school, this building was a satellite facility for the Grafton State School, which provided education to students with developmental disabilities.

German Roman Catholic Orphanage — Buffalo, New York, USA

According to Luckhardt, his interest in abandoned locations stems from his observation that “Witnessing the decay of the past can be a reflection of the possibilities of the future.”

Holley High School — Holley, New York, USA

According to Luckhardt, it is superstition for urban explorers to leave stuffed animals on the seats in the school’s auditorium.

St. Agnes Catholic School — Detroit, Michigan, USA

St. Peter & Paul School — Buffalo, New York, USA

Although these abandoned places generally lack formal security, Luckhardt notes that he won’t damage any property when accessing locations to shoot.

As he puts it, “I don’t break and enter; I just enter.” That’s not to say he hasn’t had any run-ins with the authorities — he’s had to deal with everyone from local police up to Homeland Security.

St. Peter & Paul School — Buffalo, New York, USA

St. Peter & Paul School — Buffalo, New York, USA

Holley High School — Holley, New York, USA

German Roman Catholic Orphanage — Buffalo, New York, USA

San Haven Sanatorium — Dunseith, North Dakota, USA

Redford High School — Detroit, Michigan, USA

Redford High School — Detroit, Michigan, USA

St. Peter & Paul School — Buffalo, New York, USA

Detroit Public Schools Book Depository — Detroit, Michigan, USA

(Technically not a school itself, but a location for storing school textbooks)

Some of the school buildings featured here have since been demolished, although others continue to stand in the ruined condition Luckhardt captured them in.

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