Thrill-seeking photographers have long adventured into abandoned places to document things and places left behind and long since forgotten. In return for their sometimes risky exploration, they’re often rewarded with haunting photos of derelict places, like the Oriental Resort Hotel on Hachijō-jima Island, or the ghost town Pripyat — the center of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Whether abandoned for economic reasons, evacuated due to man-made or natural disasters, or simply forgotten in the arc of time, these sites are phenomenal relics of the past thoughtfully preserved in photos. See more abandoned places in the image collection Relics from the Past.

<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=317746766&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Charles Leutwiler</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=179275181&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Vincent St. Thomas</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=126080903&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Zastolskiy Victor</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=358224176&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Perfect Lazybones</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=358787096&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Perfect Lazybones</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=243680839&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Sean Pavone</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=407332825&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Kateryna Upit</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=325927670&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by AnastasiaAnna</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=155319203&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Sedletsky</a>
<a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=125726267&src=lb-49534295?pl=CONTENT-blog&cr=abandoned">Image by Zastolskiy Victor</a>