A photographer who works under the name Freaktography is also an urban explorer. He seeks out abandoned and forgotten buildings, and through his images pieces together a story of a life that once existed there. So when a friend tipped him off to this abandoned house, he was eager to investigate. 

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Careful not to alarm neighbors, he entered the house. 

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He could tell immediately that this was going to be a treasure trove of artifacts and forgotten memories.  

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Neglected for years, homes such as these are like time capsules. 

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But whereas a time capsule is filled with carefully curated articles, these homes offer a candid snapshot. Items that may have been considered insignificant during their time can be the most charming finds. 

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Still, one is forced to wonder what happened to the family that once resided here. Under what circumstances was this home left with closets still full of clothes?

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Family photo albums tossed aside are particularly bittersweet.

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What picture was removed from this album, and what of the rest? It's unsettling to consider that these photographs were not considered worthy of saving. 

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Even this charming wedding photo was left among the rubble. Who was this couple? 

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It seems she liked to sew. 

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He was an officer.

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Did their child play marbles on the floor while mom sewed?

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Multiple record players suggest they also loved music. 

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But through his exploration of the house, Freaktography's most alarming find was rolls and rolls of American and Canadian dollars. Hidden under a mattress, the bundles were marked in pencil with the amount and a date. 

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At first he was concerned that a squatter was living in the home, but upon inspection of the dates, it seemed the money had been carefully collected though the mid-1960s and the 1970s. 

Totaling almost $6,800, he knew he could not just leave the money where another explorer might stumble upon it. 

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Working with his friend, he tracked down the closest relative to the residents of the home, and left her a message. 

Understandably nervous, she agreed to meet with him only after looking into his history as a photographer and the practice of urban exploration. 

The home, it turns out, once belonged to her grandmother. Not wanting to pry, the photographer chose not to inquire about the history of the home, or why it had been left in this condition. Still, the woman was overcome with emotion. She was returning to her mother's childhood home, and a stranger was handing her nearly $6,800. 

As a way of thanks, she gave him a tour of the home and told him who was in the family photographs. 

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Ever since he started photographing abandoned spaces, Freaktography has walked through old psychiatric wards, crumbling cathedrals and even a castle. Still, this experience stands out among them all. 

Freaktography's photographs of abandoned spaces can be seen on this website, and you can follow his adventures on his Facebook page

To be sure, his work has stirred some controversy. Many believe that even a neglected home is a private space, and should not be trespassed upon. Even within the SF Globe office, there are mixed feelings about the ethics behind urban exploration. Personally, I believe his work offers new life and a unique perspective into what people value. Who knows how long this house full of memories would have sat, with no one to flip through the pictures, no one to remember the games played in the yard? 

What do you think of what he's doing? While the woman in this story was glad to be reunited with her mother's childhood home, would you have felt it an invasion of privacy? Let us know your thoughts in our comments section.