Samara Noureddine says in an interview with Beyond: “Abandoned places have always sent me shivers down my spine and raised numerous questions in my head. In fact, the memories left behind by those forsaken places have intrigued me into venturing and pondering the hostile muddy roads, corroded fences, broken doors, shattered windows, and un-piled-up furniture.”
As a freshly graduated architect, concrete has been Noureddine’s main interest; however, framing the stories behind those vernacularly and traditionally built masterpieces has grown from a hobby to a passion. This passion has been taking her places, places that have been partly vandalized but never forgotten.
Numerous buildings and constructions in Lebanon have been abandoned. Empty hotels, deserted train stations, uninhabited buildings, and other places that were once full of life and people are left as a reminder of what was and what could have been. Beneath all the dust, rust and cracks, there are stories of people who used to live or take their daily train rides there, and when you try to imagine these people and their lives, each picture acquires a special aura of nostalgia. It’s as if the people in these places had just picked up and left.
For Natalie, venturing in these abandoned places is the closest we get to archeology. Discovering these new places is by far the most fascinating and pleasant experience that we’ve ever had. Before reaching our destinations, millions of thoughts run through our minds when it comes to how the scenery would be and how it will make us feel. Every place that we have visited has left us speechless, turning what was once a hobby into a passion. We are willing to sustain these adventures by creating awareness in people. The energies inside every house and in every location give us an idea about what might have taken place inside.
Here’s a selection of some of the abandoned places around Lebanon, every single one of which has its own special charm. The pictures behind these abandoned places are taken via mobile phone, in the era of transforming mobile phone technology and camera into a pocket studio.