As a photographer, I scout the unknown and unseen.
In my travels, I journey into forsaken places all over the world, trying to capture the momentum of abandonment. For my “Forgotten Theme Parks” series, I went to Japan for the sole purpose of exploring its abandoned structures. This project started in March 2012 and finished in October 2015 along with the release of my first photography book, “Between Nowhere & Never.”
My pictures are a showcase of past splendor. I visit derelict hospitals, mothballed monasteries, dormant structures, defunct power stations, crumbling castles and everything in between – the result of the intangible desire to explore what mankind has left behind. The reverb of time is my vantage point.
My photos depict a parallel world, a world that’s hidden within our world. Most of the time we’re not aware of their existence, yet these abandoned places are embedded into our everyday lives. And it’s this everyday life, with all its chaos and worries, that I want to run away from. Escapism is at the basis of my explorations, and it’s this solitude I want to capture in my photographs.
See below for more of Van de Velde’s work from “Forgotten Theme Parks.”
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