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Photographer documents abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals

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These eerie images showcase the haunting abandoned asylums that lie dotted across secluded parts of the U.S. and Canada. Intrepid explorer Dave, the man behind the social media presence Freaktography, has spent more than six years documenting these wonders.

Some images show chairs used to restrain chronically insane patients still stand, while others depict gravestones that use only a number to identify the former inmates. Dave, who never reveals his last name, said: “What intrigues me most … [are] the deep and dark histories that are held within the walls and wards.” (Caters News)

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These eerie images showcase the haunting abandoned asylums that lie dotted across secluded parts of the U.S. and Canada. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Dave, the person behind the social media presence Freaktography, has spent more than six years documenting these wonders. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


In some images, chairs used to restrain chronically insane patients still stand. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Dave, who never reveals his last name, said: “What intrigues me most … [are] the deep and dark histories that are held within the walls and wards.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“I often do some research before I explore, so I can develop an understanding of what went on inside, and it’s usually never good.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“Next, it’s the aesthetic — these places were all built a certain way and they all have similar yet unique features, and with time … those features only get more interesting.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Dave, who never reveals the locations of the subjects he photographs, started this work in 2012. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Through his images, the photographer seeks to show the effects of time. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


His work depicts buildings that have been empty for decades. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Personal items give an eerie quality to vast decaying spaces. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Dave said: “I plan to see as many of these old, unused and empty asylums as I can.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“If you decide to do what I do, read up and know the safety precautions to take.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“Oh, and watch out for the ghosts!” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)