VSL:WEB // See the *real* real-estate collapse

Tom Kirsch is an urban explorer who enters vacant and derelict buildings and takes eerily beautiful photographs of their remains.

Kirsch’s website, Opacity, features photographs of buildings here in the States and all across Europe. Others visit England to see Big Ben; Kirsch flew there to photograph a lunatic asylum in Lancashire. In Belgium, he photographed an abandoned Stella Artois brewery. But his tour of the Pines resort hotel in the Catskills contains the most striking images you’ll find here: Deserted since 1998, the former fun spot’s already melting into the wilderness around.

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VSL:WEB // See the *real* real-estate collapse