By Mark McConville
EERIE images have revealed a time capsule Scottish cottage in the middle of nowhere that looks the same as it did the day it was abandoned.
The haunting pictures show the bedrooms with the beds still made up in old-fashioned duvets, dated sofa and chairs in the living room and a relatively clean kitchen with some modern appliances.
Other striking shots show some of the quirky items left behind including a completed jigsaw, a copy of the Beano and the Dandy and a picnic basket with a tea set in it ready for an outing.
The surreal photographs were taken in Lennoxtown, Scotland by an urban explorer known only as The Elusive.
“We stumbled across this building in the middle of nowhere; no roads or tracks just fields and hills as far as the eye could see seeing the door open we just decided to take a look,” they said.
“I really enjoy the places that haven’t been messed with or trashed or arranged for photographs, I myself move very little in the places that i go but you can usual tell if an explorer has been before you as there’s normally neat little arranged piles of stuff.
“This was an old Scottish ladies house, with a love for animals and no love for washing; there was no shower or bath in the house anywhere; maybe it’s had squatters since she left as there were so many beds upstairs all of which looked slept in and £106 on the electric meter.”
The Elusive explained the problems they ran into and what they love about exploring abandoned places.
“It was very dusty and dark in such a tiny little cottage the work isn’t the easiest of houses to photograph,” they added.
“There was lots of stuff and not much space so i had to place tripod on furniture and leave most rooms whilst taking the images.
“It gives you a chance to see things past; who collects annuals and tapes over videotapes these days? Not many folk I would imagine.”