Photographer Roman Robroek captures images of pianos in abandoned buildings

  • Roman Robroek from the Netherlands estimates he has visited around 500 abandoned locations on his adventures 
  • The 29-year-old's work ranges from close-ups of dust-covered keys to lonely instruments standing in empty rooms 
  • Robroek has shot pianos all over the world in countries including France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Austria 

An abandoned photographer looks to capture the day the music died in locations around the world by snapping pianos in the dilapidated locations that he visits.

Roman Robroek, from the Netherlands, estimates that he has visited around 500 abandoned locations on his adventures - and each time he comes across a piano he has to make a record of it.

The photographer's works are extremely poignant and bring to mind the possibilities of the music that would have once played in the decaying buildings.

Roman Robroek, from the Netherlands, estimates that he has visited around 500 abandoned locations on his adventures. Above image taken in Belgium

Roman Robroek, from the Netherlands, estimates that he has visited around 500 abandoned locations on his adventures. Above image taken in Belgium

The photographer's works (above in France) are extremely poignant and bring to mind the possibilities of the music that would have once played in the decaying buildings

The photographer's works (above in France) are extremely poignant and bring to mind the possibilities of the music that would have once played in the decaying buildings

Robroek's works range from close-up shots of dust-covered keys to lonely instruments, appearing to have been shrunk by the scale of their empty surroundings.

The 29-year-old has shot pianos in the likes of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Austria.

Despite revealing the countries where his images are taken, Robroek rarely goes into any more detail. Like many abandoned photographers, he does not like to name exact locations, as doing so may alert vandals or graffiti artists, he said.

In the future, Robroek plans to continue exploring, photographing pianos whenever he comes across them.

He said: 'When I know there is a piano in the building I'm shooting, it's the first thing I run off to.

The 29-year-old has shot pianos in abandoned homes, theatres and venues in the likes of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium (pictured) and Austria

The 29-year-old has shot pianos in abandoned homes, theatres and venues in the likes of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium (pictured) and Austria

Despite revealing the countries where his images are taken, Robroek rarely goes into any more detail. Picture taken in Italy

Despite revealing the countries where his images are taken, Robroek rarely goes into any more detail. Picture taken in Italy

Some instruments appear to have been shrunk by the scale of their empty surroundings
Robroek's works range from close-up shots of dust-covered keys to lonely instruments

Robroek's work ranges from close-up shots of dust-covered keys to lonely instruments, appearing to have been shrunk by the scale of their empty surroundings. Pictured: A derelict building in Germany (left) and keys in France (right)

He added: 'It's my goal to keep improving the point of view of the photos I take of pianos, and the story I try to tell with them. 

'Pianos are so beautiful - I love their shape and how they are crafted. When I want or need to unwind I always listen to piano music, it's so relaxing.

'When I see a piano in an abandoned building, I love to think about how the former residents used to play it in the room it is standing in and how they'd produce music for themselves or others in the room.

'It's the most interesting musical instrument, to me.' 

Like many abandoned photographers, Robroek does not like to name exact locations, as doing so may alert vandals or graffiti artists. Pictured: A former concert hall in Bulgaria

Like many abandoned photographers, Robroek does not like to name exact locations, as doing so may alert vandals or graffiti artists. Pictured: A former concert hall in Bulgaria

In the future, Robroek plans to continue exploring and photographing pianos whenever he comes across them. Pictured: Sheets of music still remain on an abandoned instrument 

In the future, Robroek plans to continue exploring and photographing pianos whenever he comes across them. Pictured: Sheets of music still remain on an abandoned instrument 

Robroek said he likes to imagine what sort of life the piano had before it was abandoned. Pictured: Instrument in Germany

Robroek said he likes to imagine what sort of life the piano had before it was abandoned. Pictured: Instrument in Germany

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