Germany-based freelance photographer Matthias Haker has a special artistic interest in exploring the architectural nuances of the many abandoned buildings that he comes across. From decaying ballrooms to forsaken hotel lobbies ostentatiously missing their guests, through his vivid imagery Haker restores a sense of dignity to each of the decrepit structures. Upon initial glance his photographs almost appear like paintings, as he highlights the abstract beauty that can be found within the layers of the degenerating architecture.
To protect his shooting locations from vandalism and theft, Haker specifically leaves each image unlabeled, a technique that maintains the integrity of these constructions while adding to the mystery and allure that underlies his shots. The images featured here have been collected from Haker’s Impermanence series, a title which references the transient nature of these man-made constructions, highlighted by photographs that slowly show nature reclaiming dominance over stunning, deserted buildings.