Abandoned & Industrial Photography

by Björn Sahlberg

Freshly decayed

... and the less fresh


December 2018 – January 2019

Ångsågen meets ... Galleri Mellanrum

I was happy to be a part of Galleri Mellanrum's two year anniversary exhibition with Countdown or countup, that's the question as a wall paper.

El Molinar de Alcoy. Alicante, Spain.

December 31, 2018

El Molinar de Alcoy

An afternoon in a valley of industrial remains in southern Spain. Poppies ahead!

Alicante, Spain.

Советские остановки / Soviet Stops

December 9, 2018

Советские остановки

New collection in the making! First batch of photos from brief stops while on the road through former eastern Germany.

Former DDR, Germany.

December 2, 2018

Fresh flakes from the forest

The last negatives from the 2011 visit to Soviet Military Base V unearthed, scanned and posted.

Château Chevalier Croquis, France.

November 23, 2018

Château Chevalier Croquis

A rumble through a lush jungle (read: former park) later a slowly folding palace appeared before them.



Autumn 2018

The world is high-res and so is Aska (mostly)

With more and more device screens being such high resoluton, why should this ol' website be any less. Many of the albums have recenctly been adapted to these crisp circumstances and if you wish to escape it a floating back-to-the-top button has been added.

March 25, 2018

Nyhamns sulfitfabrik resized and updated

Album freshly adaptified and – of course – photos slightly reworked in the process.

February 25, 2018

An autumn stroll in the forest of Tyfors krutfabrik

What happens in the deep woods of Värmland does not stay in the deep woods of Värmland. Especially when there are subtle photogenic hues to capture.

February 25, 2018

A bit of glacing on the Jordberga sockerbruk

Reworked the pictures, updated the background info and re-hacked the innards of this grand raw sugar mill.

February 25, 2018

Schloss H #badsofa and #badtoilet

Two additions to two collections from the same location posted at the same time! There's a first for everything.

February 25, 2018

Hotel Heinrich Heine unveiled

As the old mountain hotel has been replaced by villas its (not too secret) full name can now be revealed to the world.

Stockholm Industrial, Sweden.

January 1, 2018

Stockholm Industrial

A new tour of sceneries from crumbling or novel industrial sites around Stockholm.



December 29, 2017

Another Blanca #badsofa

If lacking a door, what else to use than a discarded sofa.

December 23, 2017

Search the remains

Added a basic search function! Give it a try here or by clicking that looking glass in the top navigation. If it's appreciated I'll incorporate it in some kind of smoother way in the future.

December 17, 2017

Tegelbruket updated

Premiere post with pictures taken with the Topcon Horseman 980. From a total of eight frames the ones posted here were the only acceptable (and not accidentally double exposed) ones.

December 17, 2017

Let me introduce: Topcon Horseman 980

The newest recruit to the united labourers of Aska. Tilt-shift and medium format in a conveniently compact and retro cool kit. Yes, it's tricky to use. Yes, it's slow to use. And yes, it's great fun to use!

October 28, 2017

Råsunda demolition snapshot added

One from the vaults that I stumbled across.

July 1, 2017

Blanca #badsofas

Guest appearance by my good friend Pavel who sent a couple of postcards from the town of Blanca in Spain. And another one from Ulvsunda by yours truly.

June 28, 2017

Hästhagen @ Schwedenrot

A few shots from my very first visit to the derelict housing area Hästhagen in Söderfors.

June 11, 2017

Beckomberga #badtoilets

A couple of loos from the exercise yard of one of Sweden's most (in)famous mental asylums.

March 23, 2017

Brända gården @ Schwedenrot

Since long abandoned but recently scorched little farm in Uppland.

March 19, 2017

Kakelfabriken updated

I had missed an entire roll with shots from the Kakelfabriken in France! Mistake mended and album updated now.

March 18, 2017

Tidafors @ Schwedenrot

A set from the vaults added to the collection of Swedish ruralness. Worker's housing and crashing boiler houses ahead.


February 18, 2017


A newly furnished home for my collections of Swedish melancholy and crumbling sites around the country. More to come ...

Rural Sweden.

Kakelfabriken, France.

February 18, 2017


An excursion through a sizeable and derelict tile and mosaic factory.


Ulanenkaserne. Düsseldorf, Germany.

January 25, 2017


A healthy dose of urban junge among the last barracks standing in this once huge military compound.

Düsseldorf, Germany.

Badtoilets at Hospital T

January 25, 2017


Yet another collection added! Fading commodities and flaking facilites in a wide variety of age, style and location. And cleanliness.


Verlassene Lampen

January 6, 2017


(Formerly known as #verlassene_lampen.)

New tagged collection! You have to excuse my fancy for the abandoned lamps of the former DDR ... or even better – share it! Some hints on albums to come in there as well.

Former DDR, Germany. Mostly.


2016 visitor statistics ... favorite

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Cimetière camions de pompiers, France.

November 27, 2016


An old warehouse by the harbour filled with an impressive collection of yesteryear's fire trucks.


Tech info

November 25, 2016

The messy appearance of each album's tech info has annoyed me for some time. So instead of working on the next album there's been a bit of design and HTML hacking going on.

Jordberga Pipe Dreams curtains

October 25, 2016

What to do with a whole stack of industrial pipe pics from Jordberga sockerbruk other than making some curtains for work?

October 24, 2016

Arenastaden updated with a bit more info. Also pics from the exhibition Innan arenan, efter Råsunda added.

Yours truly ...

October, 2016

Some hacking underneath the hood taking place. Added a mug shot of yours truly for a more personal experience (?) and tweaked navigation a notch.

Ångsågen / The Steam Saw Mill. Uppland, Sweden.

October 20, 2016


Summer excursion to a little industrial gem on the country side.

Uppland, Sweden.

Råsundastadion Råsundastadion Råsundastadion Råsundastadion Råsundastadion Råsundastadion Råsundastadion

September 29, 2016

New pics added to Råsundastadion Arena. Sprutbetong and forgotten footballs ahead!

Båstnäs Auto Cemetery / Båstnäs bilskrot. Värmland, Sweden.

March 07, 2016

Båstnäs Auto Cemetery

As among the last persons with a camera I finally visited this huge and famous car cementary in the deep Värmlandian woods.

Värmland, Sweden.

Schloss HP

February 22, 2016

Schloss HP

Schlossjagd updated with the last palace from the grand tour of 2011.

Former DDR, Germany.

Château of Singers, France

January 17, 2016

Château of Singers

Fading 17th century palace on the French countryside with some heavy bass beats to it.

Somewhere in France.

January 3, 2016

Tools & tech updated with some basic camera info.

Soviet Military Base SW

January 2, 2016

Military Airbase SW

Flaking military airbase with hangars that play a mysterious tune when the wind is right.

Former DDR, Germany.


2015 visitor statistics ... insert_emoticon

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Filature Badin. Normandy, France.

December 30, 2015

Filature Badin

The last remains of an enormous spinning mill in France.

Normandy, France.

Château Fossé, France.

December 28, 2015

Château Fossé

In an entangled French forest this once glistening gem sleeps.

Somewhere in France.

Autum 2015

Plenty of work underneath the hood of Aska. Been at work on the album structure, navigation and tuning the responsivness.

October 4, 2015

Möbelfabriken enriched with a few informative (?) pics.

Smältverket all responsive

February 24, 2015

Smältverket goes all responsive. As an adjustment to modern times I'm starting to update the code to work better on various screen sizes. The abandoned foundry is first one out.

February 8, 2015

Once upon a time at Smältverket! Added a few photos from the foundry's days of glory.


February 7, 2015


Once the pride of the city this abandoned foundry was famous for its cast iron wood stoves, dairy industry appliances and various household appliances. Now famous for its utterly dirty interiors.



2014 visitor statistics ... thumb_up (Only June-December available)

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December 31, 2014


New collection! Misplaced, abandoned sofas and easy chairs. Everywhere.

Arenastaden / Solna Badlands

December 25, 2014

Arenastaden / Solna Badlands

The area in northern Stockholm where the Friends Arena now stands. Formerly a slowly degenerating industrial zone, fomerly one of Stockholm's many garbage dumps.

Stockholm, Sweden.

Hotel Verlassene Tannenbaum

September 21, 2014

Hotel Verlassene Tannenbaum

Another accommodation on the rural side of former DDR left on its own.

Former DDR, Germany.


September 19, 2014


Samples from my first two ventures into the countryside of former DDR.


The Whaling Station, The Azores

June 29, 2014

The Whaling Station

On the island of São Miguel of the Azores lay the remains of this whaling station.

The Azores, Portugal.

Ulvsunda cementfabrik, Stockholm.

June 29, 2014

Ulvsunda cementfabrik

A small cement mill in the Ulvsunda industrial zone just before being completely demolished.

Stockholm, Sweden.

Råsundastadion, Solna.

June 1, 2014


Just before the demolition begun in 2013 I got the chance to photograph the old sports arena in Solna outside of Stockholm.

Stockholm, Sweden.

May 21, 2014

Freshly scanned additions from the gun powder factory's boiler room and restroom.

May 20, 2014

ASKA.nu has been moved to a new server and while at it also moved from ASP Classic to classic HTML.

The Gun Powder Factory

April 20, 2014


Push processed black and white action from the damp depths of secretive world war manufacturing.

March 8, 2014

Tweaked the Highslide feature for the albums half-a-notch. Prefer to keep captions not floating.

February 23, 2014

Added nifty drop-down navigation thinge in top right corner.

Kyrkö mosse

February 8, 2014

Kyrkö Mosse Auto Cemetery

In the marsh lands of southern Småland rests the remains of the famous Kyrkö mosse car cemetary.

Småland, Sweden.

The Sawmill from behind

February 8, 2014

Black and white image from the innards of a Kodak Brownie addded to Sågverket.

Usine de Temps, France

February 4, 2014

Usine de Temps

An empty watch factory in northern France.

Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, Normandy, France.

Château du Pianiste, France

January 25, 2014

Château du Pianiste

A long neglected and eventually abandoned palace in Picardie, northern France.


January 25, 2014

Once upon a time Hotel Verlassene Lampen gave a different impression than today.

January 23, 2014

Added a link to The Work of Castor. Moody rural exploration on stills and on video – Highly recommended!

Mischwerk F, Germany.

January 23, 2014

Mischwerk F

An afternoon stroll by the docks of this small city in northern Germany proved fruitful.

Former DDR, Germany.

January 22, 2014

Some snapshots added to Beckholmen & Djurgårdsvarvet.

Soviet Military Base V

January 19, 2014

Soviet Military Base V

A stroll in the forests of the former DDR, Germany. Kalasjnikov monuments ahead!

Former DDR, Germany.

Innan arenan, efter Råsunda

January 18, 2014


Some of my photos made it elsewhere.

Wrinkled face of ASKA.nu

January, 2014

Wrinkled faces of ASKA.nu

In the beginning this site was a real shape shifter. Added a few samples of the old designs here.


2013 visitor statistics ... star

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Hotel Verlassene Lampen, Germany.

December 31, 2013

Hotel Verlassene Lampen

They may have lacked plenty in DDR, but various types of ceiling lamps they did have.

Former DDR, Germany.

November & December 2013

New albums, new code, same old buildings! Much under-the-hood work is going on! Gotten rid of stacks of stale code, widened the layout, remade the front page and added a number of new albums, etc. Aiming for nothing less than the dawn of a new era.


January 2, 2010


The last days of “The Fortess” in Olofström, Blekinge.

December 8, 2009

KVS Sanatorium

First fresh album in a while and the first shot with medium format analog gear.

April 28, 2009

Tegelbruket all flashy. After some looking around I finally came across a simple, no bull, flash slideshow app. My first serious attempt with it can be seen in this album overview. More to come!

October 12, 2008

Jordberga sockerbruk

Album posted! Will one day be completed with the surrounding buildings such as the director's house, fire station and worker's housing. Also need to do some further research.

October 5, 2008

The Great Highslide® Implementation continues. Stripa Mine and Stora Vika cementfabrik have now been Highslidified and all the pics reworked.

September 21, 2008

Highslide® picture browsing feature implemented. Reworked the Fredriksbergs pappersbruk using the fantastic Highslide® and also touched up a chunk of the high resolution versions. Some refinement still needed.

September 12, 2008

Nyhamn sulfitfabrik

After completely reworking the pics originally posted on Flickr plus touching up the navigation a tad bit I finally got this album together.

August 8, 2008

Stripa Mine

My first serious foray into the world of faux B&W. Reworked these pics from the mine's bottom to headframe roof top more than twice.

March 21, 2008

Aska is back!

After many years on ice Aska is now back in gear! Just like when the site was launched in 1999 it'll be a home for my abandoned and – in time – industrial photography. The albums will be connected with my main account on Flickr (now old, note on November 11, 2013) and most likely very little will be shown here that's not already on Flickr. Flickr sure has its pros but also some cons that made me start up this site again, besides the fun of running a place of my own.

Den gamle fabrik


November 9, 1999

Domain aska.nu is registered

Soon after the very first album UL 13 Antuna is posted.