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The day the music died: photographer travels the globe taking eerie pictures of abandoned pianos

A piano in Germany. (Photo: Romain Thiery/Caters News)

The day the music died: Photographer travels the globe taking eerie pictures of abandoned pianos

A photographer has captured the day the music died by snapping pianos in abandoned buildings around the world.

Romain Thiery has traveled the globe taking haunting pictures of dust-covered instruments in dozens of dilapidated buildings.

The piano teacher, from Montpellier in the south of France, dubbed his project “Requiem for Pianos,” and his images tell a story about the music that might have once been played in the now decaying buildings.

Countries the 29-year-old visited include Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland and Ukraine. “The series is a project that is really close to my heart,” he said, adding that at first, people always wonder whether his photographs are paintings.

“I try to make the atmosphere very peaceful, and the textures and light as natural as possible,” he explained. “People tell me they feel immersed, as if they can hear some notes of the music still. I am often asked, ‘Why the piano?’ but this instrument has been with me since I was very young, and as a piano teacher, [it] is an integral part of my life today. None of my pictures are staged at all. Everything is how I find it.”

In some rooms, things have been stolen and the place has been ransacked, “but the piano is still there, showing its nobility and power,” said Thiery. (Caters News)

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