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Photographer documents once-vibrant industrial operations now left abandoned

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As automation becomes ever-more common, this determined photographer has traveled thousands of miles to document the eerie beauty of abandoned industrial operations. In the works of a photographer named Dave — who goes by Freaktography and never gives out his full name — haunting abandonment leaps from images of discarded machinery, tools and factory essentials.

On his travels, the photographer has visited the likes of power plants, automotive assembly lines and distilleries, carrying out extensive research to discover each site. Though he is willing to reveal that the sites are dotted across North America — specifically Canada and the United States — the photographer never discloses the exact locations. (Caters News)

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As automation becomes ever-more common, this determined photographer has traveled thousands of miles to document the eerie beauty of abandoned industrial operations. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


In the works of a photographer named Dave — who goes by Freaktography and never gives out his full name — haunting abandonment leaps from images of discarded machinery, tools and factory essentials. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


On his travels, the photographer has visited the likes of power plants, automotive assembly lines and distilleries, carrying out extensive research in order to discover each site. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Though he is willing to reveal that the sites are dotted across North America — specifically Canada and the United States — the photographer never discloses the exact locations. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


The reason for this secrecy, Dave said, is to keep such sites free of interference. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


He loves to photograph former industrial locations. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“The sheer size of them always amazes me — also the symmetry that you see, as everything always lines up perfectly.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“But aside from aesthetics and my photographic interests…” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“…it always amazes me how the engineers were able to make all of these things work in sync.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“In a large power plant, there are machines and gauges and lines and so much going on.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“A simple guy like me cannot fathom how they make all of this stuff automated to work together.”(Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Going forward, Dave plans to continue his travels across North America, adding to his expanding collection of abandoned places. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


In addition to factories, the Freaktography collection includes haunting looks inside asylums and hospitals, churches and homes. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


Dave says, “These places were once loud, busy and very active — yet they now sit in total silence.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)


“I hope the viewer sees photos of an automotive assembly plant or power plant and can imagine all that would have been going on in this scene.” (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)