28 Abandoned Structures Still As Vibrant As The Day They Were Deserted

05/09/2014 11:12 am ET | Updated May 13, 2014

An empty, foggy diner with the tables still set. An abandoned aquarium, complete with shark paintings on the walls. A desolate church, with architecture still so immaculate, worship could begin tomorrow.

How did 23-year-old photographer Johnny Joo find these awesome structures still intact? The idea for his new book, Empty Spaces, began when he was 16, while exploring an abandoned farm house.

"We walked through the falling foundation, across tilted floors which had been shifted by the Earth, examining this space that had once been full of life," Joo says. "This moment felt so peaceful. From that day on, whenever I would see a decayed structure that had been left to fall, I would find a way to explore it. Shortly after I learned this was actually known as urban exploration and became hooked on learning the history of the places I would explore."

He shared some of his favorites with us below. His work reminds us why we love abandoned structures so much. If you want to see more of his work, check out his Facebook page or pre-order his book here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Captions below are provided by the photographer.

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    Formerly Fanny's Diner in Cleveland, OH. Now remain only spirits and dust.
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    The "green room" inside an abandoned industrial rayon plant.
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    The main electric generator bay inside an industrial rayon plant. Each of these generators used to output 10,000 volts at one time. Now they sit hosts to hundreds upon hundreds of birds through the summer months.
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    A decaying, crumbling kitchen complete with a table, left behind as if it were a time capsule.
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    A bed inside the community room of Brownsville's General Hospital in Brownsville, PA, where patients were brought during an epidemic or outbreak.
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    Ceilings and walls crumble across an abandoned hotel room near Cleveland, OH. It's a former Days Inn, now better known as the asbestos inn.
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    The main lobby of the abandoned East Central Station in Buffalo, NY.
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    The wide open courtyard of the Richman Bros factory in Cleveland, OH. This factory was the first in the U.S. to provide two-week paid vacations. Workers manufactured hats and suits for men, and now a branch of this company still remains known as "HUGO BOSS."
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    The St. Joseph Byzantine church of Cleveland, OH. One of the first catholic churches brought to Cleveland.
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    We named this abandoned building "Crow Manor" after we first approached from the car, when hundreds of crows flew from the rafters.
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    An abandoned Naval cadet's home, destroyed by the elements around.
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    Tried Stone Baptist church in Detroit, MI.
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    Trees grow up through the Big Dipper of the abandoned Geauga Lake Amusement Park.
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    A giant gold structure remains beneath the apse of a large abandoned church in Pennsylvania.
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    Hospital beds remain within the Detroit Hope Hospital.
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    Chairs inside the masonic temple of Cleveland, OH, nearly suction themselves to the ground with the surrounding moss growing, with light provided from giant glass windows in the main room.
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    A vast, silent auditorium within a school in Pennsylvania.
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    The large domed ceiling of an abandoned church in Pennsylvania.
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    One of the wealthiest residents of Geneva, OH previously resided in this home. The home has since been demolished.
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    Westinghouse Electric. The company which had provided work for Thomas Edison as well as Nikola Tesla. This structure will soon come down as well.
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    The outside of the victorian home in Geneva, formerly owned by one of the most wealthy families in Geneva.
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    A photographer stands atop a bar, looking down inside the industrial rayon plant.
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    A calm, abandoned gym within the former YMCA of Cleveland, OH.
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    Looking up from inside an abandoned grain silo. As I stood here, animal skeletons sat all around my feet. I watched as my friend photographed upward from the outside.
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    The most preserved mural above the apse of the St. Joseph Byzantine church of Cleveland, OH.
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    Cleveland's former aquarium, now abandoned. It was also used as a police and police dog training.
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    An abandoned country school. One wall has completely fallen, letting snow into the classroom.
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    Large vines climb the back of this home in the country. This home has been untouched since the early 1970's.

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