5 Popular Stories Show the Power of Photographing Hotels

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Hotels are an excellent source of creative inspiration. From the high-class five-star to the spooky abandoned motel, there are plenty of opportunities to make compelling photographs. It doesn’t always have to be boudoir either. Although it’s a popular genre for hotels, other photographers have used some of the best overnight stays for image-making. Naturally, we’ve published a range of stories that focus on life inside hotels. And in this article, we’ll look back at some of the highlights.

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Ajda Schmidt Captures the Loneliness of an Abandoned Yugoslavian Hotel on Kodak Portra 400

All images by Ajda Schmidt. Used with Creative Commons permission.

It’s amazing how places often seem to retain a certain mood or character long after they’ve been deserted. This is most likely what draws urban explorers to such locations, be it an eerie crumbling hospital or a forgotten ghost town. In one of her sets however, Slovenian photographer and graphic designer Ajda Schmidt captures not the eerie stillness of an abandoned hotel in Yugoslavia, but the melancholy mood housed within its spaces.

It’s been years since, the title of her set goes, and we note that it’s the case from what remains of its interiors. The place was trashed, and there’s barely anything around, apart from the bits and pieces in Ajda’s photos. The interiors are outdated and slowly crumbling away. Dust gathers in every nook and cranny, piling up as they lay undisturbed. Some of the floor tiles have chipped and peeled off, with trash scattered here and there. The windows are clothed with draperies evidently old-fashioned but must have been stylish in the hotel’s heyday.

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