A quaint encampment has been preserved through photographs despite being left to rot by its residents.
Off the coast of Aruba, the remains of this tropical settlement still sit, falling into ruin as the waves roll in and out.
Nevada-based photographer Sean Astor recently spotted this strange sight while visiting the Caribbean: a random, abandoned series of crumbling buildings along the waterfront, far from the island’s main hub of activity.
Despite not knowing their story or what exactly he was seeing, he took advantage of the opportunity to take a series of photographs of the situation.
“In short order, we stumbled upon these shacks, which are spread along the length of a mostly unused beach on the opposite side of the island from the tourist center,” Astor, 30, told Adventure Jam Press earlier this month.
He hit a wall trying to find out more information about the strange sighting and was unable to find anyone with more details, with many not even aware of its presence.
“We didn’t ask anyone [had] any concrete information on it, or even knew it was there,” Astor – who operates a business called Raise the Stakes Photography – went on
The dwellings, he said, were made of a variety of artefacts, mostly made from various types of rubble.
“These huts and cabins were built to varying degrees of solidity—mostly with wood, pallets, metal and even old vinyl advertising billboards,” he said.
The furniture that once filled the dwellings was scattered across an area covered in sand.
Couches, beds, and other bits and bobs appear scattered in her images, covered in rips and scars.
Another sign of a former life includes an aged billboard advertising what appears to have once been a local watering hole.
One shot features a former cafe called Coco Loco Ranch, with several tables still within its walls.
The shots are eerie but colourful, saturated but empty.