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Chatillon Car Graveyard Looks Like a Dream UrbEx Location

By Hanssie on July 14th 2014

In the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, lies a scene straight out of  The Walking Dead. Rows of decaying cars that have been overtaken by nature have been sitting there rusting for the last 70 years. These abandoned cars were left behind and forgotten by U.S. soldiers from WWII who were stationed in that region. After the war, all military personnel were sent back to the states but it was too costly to ship the cars back home as well. So they drove up this little hill and parked their cars, hidden from view.

Rosanne de Lange - Chatillon 03 As many as 500 cars in 4 different graveyards were littered around the small village, but only this one remained. Soon other people began leaving their cars on the little hill as well and it became a car graveyard of sorts. It was a favorite among Urbex photographers looking for an eerie and interesting piece of history to document. Left to the mercy of the elements, the rusty textures coupled with bits of moss covering created a striking contrast and a backdrop for a perfect spooky story. Alas, the area was cleared a few years ago, due to environmental issues, but the monument lives on in the photographs of the Urbex photographers that immortalized it forever with their cameras.

Urbex photography is stands for “Urban Exploration,” and includes photographers who go on adventures to oft abandoned places or places generally closed to the public. They’ve adopted the motto of cave explorers and hikers, “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” Urbex has been popular for quite some time and has recently gained much popularity in the photography community.

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Photographers Rosanne de Lange and Marcel Wiegerinck share with us their images from the Chatillon Car Graveyard.

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CREDITS: Photographs by Rosanne de Lange and Marcel Wiegerinck are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist. [Via Bored Panda]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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14 Comments

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  1. Michael Moe

    great photos!

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Places like these are just amazing for photo shoots.

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    Love this type of photo

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  4. Ian Moss

    Love this.

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  5. Jordan Buckway

    Awesome photos. I have always been very intrigued by Urbex photography. Shame that it’s gone. Guess I better explore around here.

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  6. Peter-Jon Harding

    I would have loved to be in this environment and capture these cars. Just reading this article and looking at these photos was enough to arouse my imagination. Great piece

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  7. James Matthews

    Wow…that looks amazing. What a shame it has gone :(

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  8. MARTIN MIANO

    pretty much awesome

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  9. Miguel Chavez

    It’s actually not HBO’s The Walking Dead but AMC’s The Walking Dead.

    Very interesting place though!

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    • Hanssie

      You’re right! I have HBO on my mind…and Walking Dead needs to come back soon! I miss my TV shows!

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    • Reynardt Badenhorst

      Yeah Hanssie, can’t wait for the next season too!!! Much excited, despite all bad rep.

      This would be a great location shoot!

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  10. Jared Stewart

    Looks like a good place to slip and need a tetanus shot…but lots of fun, nonetheless. :)

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    • Hanssie

      Whats a tetanus shot when you have the opportunity to shoot at a place like this? ;)

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  11. Steven Pellegrino

    It’s amazing to see nature take over these vehicles. Great photos!

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