Echos of Yesteryear

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Echos of Yesteryear

The Forgotten

Forsaken Castles & Mansions

Enter­ing the room mid­way to stand motion­less in melan­choly silence the air fills with charged whis­pers from the past, voic­es on the wind, chill­ing breaths from the past tin­gles down the spine.

Lis­ten­ing hard the wind faint­ly car­ries the echos of yes­ter­year,

con­ver­sa­tions reach­ing out from times gone by.

Stop and emp­ty your mind and feel the floors, walls and ceil­ings with your spir­it and soul. The room fills with elec­tric ener­gy, a buzz with life lived and no longer seen, an imprint in pass­ing time.

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by Andre Govia

The first book by world­wide Urbex pio­neer Andre Govia brings you the defin­i­tive doc­u­ment of cin­e­mat­ic aban­doned pho­tog­ra­phy. Hav­ing explored over 800 indi­vid­ual loca­tions Andre takes us on a jour­ney behind the façade of aban­doned build­ings to dis­cov­er the haunt­ing­ly beau­ti­ful dis­cov­er­ies with­in. Wel­come to Nev­er Nev­er Land… Andre Govia is a leg­end among urban explor­ers. He has tak­en his cam­era into over 22 dif­fer­ent coun­tries world­wide to doc­u­ment the Nar­nia of glob­al urban decay left behind by the march of time.

Nobody bet­ter cap­tures the haunt­ing poet­ry of these spaces, as Andre leads the read­er on an emo­tion­al jour­ney through a world most will nev­er see. Aban­doned Plan­et brings you an epic col­lec­tion of Andre Govia’s work, nev­er before seen in print. The pathos, the mag­ic, the pro­found sad­ness of each image invites you to con­tem­plate not only the even­tu­al fail­ure of all human endeav­our but also the dif­fi­cult to describe, indis­tinct yearn­ing for a world less civilised, a nos­tal­gia for wild spaces – for a life less tame. Let the bit­ter­sweet melan­choly of Andre Govia’s majes­tic pho­tog­ra­phy get under your skin.