ASTONISHING images of an abandoned steelworks show how the grand machines of these mighty industrial complexes can stand the test of time. The pictures were taken in Belgium by local urban explorer, Sascha Jung.

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By Rebecca Drew

ASTONISHING images of an abandoned steelworks show how the grand machines of these mighty industrial complexes can stand the test of time.

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The incredible shots include the insides of forgotten machinery control rooms and the bare infrastructure of a neglected outbuilding. Another picture shows how the once strong mechanical claws of cranes have been grounded.

The control room sits empty and desolate.
The control room sits empty and desolate.

 

Once active machines stand still.
Once active machines stand still.

Other photographs in the collection show a dusty forklift truck that has been left without a driver and a lone telephone that looks like it is longing to ring to life.

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The pictures were taken in Belgium by local urban explorer, Sascha Jung. Sascha used a Canon Eos 70D camera to take the spectacular images using a wide angled lens.

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“I love being in deserted locations because I love the atmosphere, the smell and the silence because no one else is there,” said Sascha.

“Nature takes everything back in the end and these pictures make you want to look at it relentlessly.

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“Many of these abandoned places and objects tell a story that you can capture with a photo.”

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Sascha is very careful to adhere to the urban exploring code to ensure the beauty of these abandoned places remain. He ensures that he only leaves the places with the photographs he has taken there and he does not force his way into the buildings.

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“I have done urban exploration since childhood and abandoned places have always been a special interest of mine,” said Sascha.

“I want to help maintain the beauty of decay of objects and buildings.

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“Decay is a process that does not stop but continues and evolves, these places should be protected and should not be destroyed.”

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