Ghost estates appeared in Ireland after the economic crash of 2008.

Most ghost estates are in the rural northern and western parts of Ireland.

Valérie Anex photographed the counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, and Roscommon.

Many of the houses were never inhabited.

As of 2013, there were approximately 1,300 ghost estates.

Ghost estates are developments where more than half of the homes are vacant or incomplete.

For Anex, the ghost estates are more than just eyesores.

The houses are a symbol of economic collapse.

Normal signs litter the empty suburb.

Anex's work will be shown in the upcoming Photobookshow.

Haunting Photographs Of Modern-Day Ghost Towns

Photographer Valérie Anex captures empty suburban towns in her book Ghost Estates.

When the Irish housing bubble burst in 2008, construction halted suddenly on building sites, leaving a trail of ghost estates. Ghost estates are developments in Ireland where more than half of the homes are unoccupied or incomplete. These abandoned properties are the subject of a new photography book that will be exhibited in the upcoming Photobookshow in England.



Valérie Anex photographed the rural northern and western parts of Ireland, where ghost estates dot the landscape. With many of the vestiges of normal suburbia—lawns and fences and parking signs—it almost looks as if any evidence of human presence has been digitally erased from the pictures.

Anex’s work differs from that of other photographers who capture abandoned spaces. Many of her subjects were not in fact abandoned. That's because the houses were never inhabited in the first place. After construction halted, the buildings stood unused and unwanted.

For Anex, the ghost estates are more than just eyesores. They are haunting reminders of the hardship associated with the 2008 economic downfall. As of 2013, there are still approximately 1,300 ghost estates left in Ireland.

See more photos from this series here. will be exhibited at the Photobookshow in June.

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[Photos by Valérie Anex]

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