Following on from our recent post about faux facades and buildings that don’t exist, I stumbled upon these photos by photographer Kevin Bauman, a collection called 100 Abandoned Houses. I found them spooky, provoking and strangely addictive. They were shot in Detroit – the photographer’s hometown – and the project began over a decade ago when he began to notice a steady decline in some of the city’s neighbourhoods. This week a judge ruled that Detroit can go ahead and file for bankruptcy, and in many ways this collection of photos really drives home the reality of what happens when a city loses its life blood; its people.

Every city, every town and every country has abandoned houses and I think what I find so intriguing about this and the 100 Abandoned Houses collection of photos is that each house must have been abandoned for a reason, so I find myself staring at these shells of homes and thinking; Why? Where did their owners go? What are the stories behind these houses?

You can find out a little bit more here and I urge you to also check out Kevin Bauman’s other projects and photography, especially his small churches collection of photos.

I hope you find these photos as fascinating as I do.

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This post was written by Frankie Thompson who was a Travelette from 2012 – 2015. Originally from London, UK, Frankie was nomadic for several years before settling in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lives with her Australian partner and baby boy. She spends her time buying vintage dresses, riding a rusty old bike around the canals and writing books inspired by her travels. Frankie blogs about travel, writing and motherhood at As the Bird flies blog.