Abandoned buildings are the guardians of many secrets. Who lived there, why did they leave, what became of them? It’s not uncommon to enter abandoned homes in remote areas and find personal possessions still inside – furniture, clothing, cutlery, pots and pans, books and toys. Commercial buildings such as hospitals, factories, schools, dancehalls and nightclubs are just as fascinating – they ooze mystery and intrigue from every creaky floorboard or broken windowpane. You need to be sensible in terms of trespass and personal safety, but empty old buildings are hard to resist and can be the source of stunning images.