Haunting Photographs of Abandoned Rooms

In her series "Secrets of Yesterday," Marieke Berkelaar explores the spaces and objects we leave behind.

Dutch photographer Marieke Berkelaar is fascinated by vacated spaces – the things that people choose to leave behind, and what those items (and their arrangement) says about the people who abandoned them. Her remarkable photo series “Secrets of Yesterday,” which captures those homes and apartment buildings and factories, displays a powerful command of mood and sense of composition, full of images that will both break your heart and haunt your nightmares. (Trigger warning: creepy dolls ahead.)

You can buy the book version of “Secrets of Yesterday,” and check out more of her work, on Berkelaar’s website. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

(Image credit: Marieke Berkelaar)