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Gloomy Former Checkpoints Have Had Some Lonely Decades

Left abandoned by dissolving or shifting national borders, these fortifications and roadblocks offer a glimpse into a Pre-European Union Europe. Shot by German photographer Josef Schulz, the Ubergang series is particularly striking in that its subjects—which include checkpoints in Hungary, Poland, and France—are not completely crumbling, like most architecture favored by intrepid photographers, but instead are compellingly intact, enough to serve as a reminder that it's all changed relatively recently. In post-production, Schulz blurs and slightly obscures the background of each photo to make the main structure pop, and to further boost their already creepy feel. Check them out (sorry), below:

· Abandoned Checkpoints Awaken the Ghosts of a Pre-EU Europe [Architizer]