Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Frozen in Time Photography

It's the storyteller in me that is drawn to eerie images such as those by Photographer Niki Feijens.

"The eerie photograph is part of a series by Dutch photographer Niki Feijen, who has captured furniture, ornaments and clothes frozen in time in homes where the owners have long since departed.

"His Disciple of Decay series features abandoned family homes that must once have been filled with conversation and laughter, but now house only the crumbling belongings of their former occupants."

It's also the questions that haunt my spirit...

What were the hopes and dreams being made when this family built their home? Why did they leave? Who were they? What silenced the happy sounds and replaced them with dreadlocks of sadness?

It's also the realization that in a day and age...

...when everyone else believes that anyone can be a photographer, someone comes along, creates, and then unveils something truly unique and original.

These pictures speak, and do not speak. They respect the privacy that our homes are owed. They offer a reverence for lost souls, lost homes, lost memories and lost dreams. Time has blurred those memories and those dreams and covered them to sleep in blankets of dust.

At times eerie, at times soothing, at times startling, at times whimsical, at times revealing, at times smoldering under an accent of dust; it's what these pictures tell (and what they do not tell) that makes them so revealing.

The saying goes: If walls could talk, the stories they would tell. Well, that's exactly what they do in the photography of Niki Feijen.

That's what makes genius!

Read about it here: Family Life Frozen in Time

{Click here to see a gallery from his book.}


  1. This is beyond eerie. Bed perfectly made, all in order, abandoned.

  2. So on Facebook a couple of photographers are telling me that many of the photos look "obviously staged". That the photographer put props into them, moved things around, that were not left there by the inhabitants. Do you think that moving them around and staging the photos respects the owners and their privacy and their stories or does it impose a false story on the scene, implying a narrative that never really existed?
    I'm trying to work out how I feel about these photographs. They are intriguing, they make me want to know the stories of the people who lived in these places, to know why they left, abandoning their possessions in place. The writer in me wishes that there were more than just the images. I want words too, research, history, documents, you know? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for me they are both more and yet also less.

  3. I love photos of abandoned places, but I do tend to agree with Melanie in this case. The eeriness and poignancy is lost when you know the photographer has staged the picture, added things, changed the truth.


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