This Halloween, not everything spooky is all ghosts and goblins. Sometimes, the most spine-tingling of places are those that have been left behind by the living, completely emptying them of human interaction.
We sat down with Ad Achkar, a visual artist, who explored this sense of emptiness in his project God Bless Our Home, a series of photographs that portrays the eerie beauty of abandoned places. With an interest for abandoned buildings stemming from his childhood, Ad started the project by finding the places that he felt spoke to him. He then visualized his version of each room by adding his own decorative touches to the space.
The result is breath-taking. Not only do you get a sense of history being replayed through an alternate dimension, but looking at each photograph, it’s almost as if each room gains the ability to revisit the land of the living, for just that one moment.
While Ad has never had any close calls with the dead, the undead or anyone in between, he did explain the rush and deep energy he feels when walking into these places. “It’s as if you feel the past and its soul right in front of you,” he says.
Scroll down to enter into the hauntingly beautiful abandoned rooms as seen through the lens of Ad Achkar.
Amrieh, Ain Alak
AMRIEH, AIN ALAK
Beit El Kiko
More of Ad Achkar’s work can be found on his website http://adachkar.com.