It is always an eerie experience to encounter abandoned objects being reclaimed by nature, whether it's a lost toy in the wilderness or a submarine under the ocean doesn't matter. While some stray away from "No entry" signs, some actually do seek them, venturing through abandoned and historic locations to rediscover what was once there.
Matt Emmett is one such photographer who has won multiple awards for his series depicting the worlds of most interesting abandoned architecture.
Best known for his Forgotten Heritage, he most recently photographed a vast scrapyard of used cars, located in the Värmland region of Sweden: Bastnäs.
Apparently, people would go and buy spare parts from there, some would even change countries, coming from Norway.
It was a hotspot for many since spare parts were quite expensive if one wanted to buy anew.
Now, the deteriorating cars stay lined up in rows beneath the trees as an automobile graveyard that is a beautiful sight of decay that stuns those who encounter it.
Most of them are covered with moss and it is evident how nature is taking what humanity has abandoned back with trees growing through them.
While it is not for certain, it is said that many of the cars actually belonged to the U.S. military once, only to be left there after World War II.
The auto graveyard is allegedly owned by a pair of brothers who don't enjoy the spotlight. While they don't mind the photographers taking pictures, they don't like to have the cars being messed with.
A rather interesting message waits for the visitors: "This car cemetery is private property. You may still look, take pictures but DO NOT take away parts. Do not destroy or in any other way disrupt this place. If you open a car door, please shut it again so the next visitor gets the same experience as you did!!
"For info: after about 30 burglaries this year I’m fed up with it! I’ve made traps in the buildings so if you get hurt or die, I DON’T CARE! Remember in this place no one can hear you scream…"
Emmett wrote that he had wanted to shoot at this place for so long, finally getting the chance in the spring of 2018.
He wrote that it was a cold and snowy day with a not-so-ideal light. However, it is safe to say that the photographs that he took look mesmerizing nonetheless.
Stating that different seasons would produce different results photographically, Emmett stated, "I think I may return one day."
If he ever decides to return, it is for sure that the cars will be waiting for him there, getting older and older -- and that is a comforting thought indeed.