Abandoned palaces in Poland make for haunting images

Patrycja Makowska likes to give enigmatic names to the extraordinarily beautiful photographs she shoots of crumbling palaces.But that’s not where the enigma of her work ends.Despite creating alluring images of abandoned buildings, she’s determined to keep their locations a mystery.”Places reflect our soul, tell the forgotten story of love, disaster, war, as well as ordinary life,” Makowska, a former history teacher from Poland, tells CNN as she tries to explain her shroud of secrecy.”Everything passes, even the power of past times is often forgotten. And that’s why I don’t give any addresses, because often these places are destroyed and devastated, it’s better for them to have been forgotten.”Not, however, forgotten by Makowska’s cameras.She uses old analog Russian photo equipment and lenses, plus some more modern Canon and Nikon equipment to create images that pay homage to the original grandeur of these baroque structures.With otherworldly titles such as “Ethereal Dreams” and “Lost Under the Surface,” her photographs have an unrealistic quality more closely associated with paintings — but the incredible detail on display would take more than a lifetime’s worth of brushstrokes to recreate. 4

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