Urban exploring in the Salina of Ulcinj | A photo series

by Fabian Jürgens
Published: Last Updated on

The skeletal remains of a warehouse. Ransacked workshops. Rusted pillars and broken tools.

The decaying remains of a once thriving industry: the Salina of Ulcinj.

During its heyday, up to 60.000 tons of the white gold were extracted from its shallow waters annually, providing hundreds of jobs and roughly 60% of Yugoslavia’s salt consumption.

In 2013, production was halted in an effort to preserve this unique speck of land, one of the most important nesting and wintering sites for birds in the eastern Adriatic.

Today, the buildings stand derelict. Scarred by the clutches of time and exposed to the elements, they are merely a shadow of their proud past. 

A sombre, yet sober testament to the ephemerality of men.

A beautiful display of nature reclaiming her territory.

withered cardboard packaging lies on a yellow table
an old damaged chair with yellow cushioning
an old cigarette package lies underneath a dirty yellow plastic sheet
bulk trash leans against a withered, yellow wall inside an abandoned building
a yellow bottle lies on a dirt floor
the rusting, skeletal remains of a warehouse roof
a fully rusted steel pillar
rusting steel pillars surrounded by a grey dirt mount
a rusting steel pillar holding up the remains of a warehouse roof
vegetation grows in the skeletal remains of a warehouse
a pile of green corrugated sheet in front of a concrete wall
grey folders lying in a rotting, wooden shelf
brown and grey folders lying in an old, rotting shelf
an old chair and table in front of a rotting shelf inside an abandoned building
a green corded telephone on a wooden table
an open notebook lying on a pile of other notebooks
dirty water channels and tanks in front of an abandoned warehouse
colourful, rusting barrels in front of a white wall with a broken window
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