Photographer spotlight: Martino Zegwaard

Author Ransom Riggs is the author of the book Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is currently on my Kindle waiting to be cracked open (ok, I know it's technically teen lit... but I need to see what all the hype is about). The book has been sitting on then New York Times bestseller list for some time, and Tim Burton is currently directing the movie adaptation set to release in March 2016. The story follows a kid named Jacob as he explores a Welsh island, finding there may be truth behind the bizarre stories about children who were sent away to an abandoned orphanage there.

As part of the sequel to the book, Riggs wanted to explore some of the houses that are described within his pages. So he tapped photographer Martino Zegwaard to help him locate and capture some of these macabre places. The duo traveled together across Belgium and Luxembourg to find some of the most incredible abandoned homes on earth, and surprisingly, the images aren't the stuff of nightmares—they're absolutely breathtaking. There's something so beautiful in the ruin and you can easily imagine the former glory of these homes. To me, the images also feel just the slightest bit obtrusive, like you're peering into someone's innermost private life... making you want to learn more about the families that lived there and the stories behind them.