Vorkuta, Russia, 2009 – Once upon a time, long ago this was a thriving coal mining city, but also notorious outpost for many gulag prisoners. Today however it is full of abandoned buildings that lost their purpose ever since many industry technologies have changed, but also because of the the collapse of Soviet Union.
The extremes in temperature (in winter it can get as cold as -40C) make the buildings unstable and liable to collapse. Up above the Arctic Circle, 40 hours by train from Moscow, sits the Russian city of Vorkuta.
It was built by gulag inmates but was given purpose by the coal industry that used to be the region’s lifeblood.
Ever since mining has disappeared it left many of the industrial outposts abandoned. Tomeu Coll’s 2009 photo essay Nevermind Sovietland hauntingly records the lives of those who still live there. More: Tomeu Coll, Instagram, Facebook h/t: guardian, designyoutrust