For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.
From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.
Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more…]