PHOTOS: Daring photographer shoots haunting images of abandoned institutions — some still containing human specimens

An operating room at an abandoned medical institution. (Photo: Freaktography/Caters News)

While most people dread a visit to their doctor or dentist’s office, this photographer has taken things one step further — by shooting the most haunting abandoned medical institutions he can find.

From decaying rooms that still contain human specimens to apparatus that's been gathering dust for years, no location is off limits for a photographer known as Dave, who goes by the pseudonym 'Freaktography'.

The idea for the series came to him when he considered just how many such facilities are off limits to the public.

Whether it be a tuberculosis hospital or a psychiatric ward, Dave wanted to show the public what was once behind closed doors.

Dave, who is based in Ontario, Canada, said: "Hospitals are always huge, so they are fun to explore and you can literally get lost.

"I hope former staff of these hospitals love to look through my photos and reminisce about their time there.

"Also, you would be surprised at just how much goes to waste when a hospital is left behind. It's always interesting to see what they don't have a use for anymore.

"Lastly, there's the amount of empty space in these huge institutions — it blows my mind that these places can't be utilized for anything else once they are no longer needed for their original purpose."

Dave never reveals the location of the buildings he photographs, hoping to preserve them for future explorers.

He said most of the research he does is either online or following recommendations through word of mouth.

The photographer plans to continue adding to the series from other parts of the United States and Canada.

Speaking of his most memorable moments, he said: "I once photographed the autopsy room in an abandoned hospital, and there were human specimens left inside a small fridge with pieces removed during autopsies — the smell was terrible.

"As long as more cities close old hospitals for newer, more modern facilities, this series will continue." (Caters News)

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Photo: Freaktography/Caters News
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