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Europe’s abandoned factories star in haunting photographs (PHOTOS)

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In his "Lost Factories" series, French photographer Ilan Benattar traveled across Europe shooting its abandoned industrial spaces. Scroll through the gallery for highlights of the series.
“My photos give life to dead places,” says photographer and urban explorer Ilan Benattar. The Frenchman has traveled across Europe shooting its abandoned industrial spaces for his series, “Lost Factories.”

Once
powerhouses for the production of clothing, electrical goods and wine,
these buildings are mostly empty today. But traces of their past lives
are visible just beneath the surface in some, while other structures are
time-capsules trapped in a surreal state of stasis.
“One of my favorite shots is of the clothing factory,” says Benattar. The industrial building’s
glazed sawtooth roof pools light onto the tables below, which still
have their machinery (and even spools of thread) in place. “We can
imagine all the people who worked on those sewing machines.” 
Over the last six years, London-based photographer Gina Soden has photographed some of Europe's most beautiful derelict buildings. This image was taken in a large abandoned asylum in Italy.
Her list of locations includes everything from asylums to schools and power stations. This sanatorium had been abandoned for almost 15 years when Soden visited it.  
The buildings are in a precarious state, and face an uncertain future. According to Soden's <a href="https://www.ginasoden.co.uk" target="_blank">website</a>, this asylum opened in the 1850s, and was originally named as the Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
"I like the fact they're hidden spaces that not many people know about," she says. This abandoned church, in a small Belgian town was particularly difficult to get to -- Soden had to crawl through a shattered glass window.  
"One of my favorite shots is of the clothing factory," says Benattar. "We can imagine all the people who worked on those sewing machines."
"I like the 'Gustave Eiffel style,' which is difficult to find -- but produces photographs with striking geometry."
In
another photograph, a rotting horse’s carriage — discovered in his
home city of Toulouse — conjures a similar sense of nostalgia. But the
series is not just a revery for a bygone era.
“What attracts me to these abandoned factories is their scale and symmetry,” enthuses Benattar,
who is self-taught and protective of his discoveries, preferring to
keep their locations secret. “I like the ‘Gustave Eiffel style,’ which
is difficult to find — but produces photographs with striking
geometry.”
Among his most startling
images is the interior of an abandoned cooling tower, while another
captures the intricately decorated metalwork of a factory’s soaring support beams.
“Lost Factories” is an ongoing series which Benattar hopes to extend to Asia soon.
For more interesting architecture and design, check out The Spaces or follow them on Instagram.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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