When people hear the term “urban exploration”, they usually think of abandoned structures within the confines of concrete urban jungles like Detroit. However, rural
areas around the world offer as many (if not more) opportunities for exploring abandonments.

Rural areas have become increasingly silent as generation after generation migrate to the urban centers of the world. The structures left behind are now empty, but they retain rich histories awaiting rediscovery by the few who choose to return.

Chris Luckhardt is a Canadian photographer, based in Toronto. Follow him on on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. See also his Abandoned Hashima Island pictures, Urban Exploring in Detroit Pictures and Bethlehem Steel North Office on TotallyCoolPix.

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

The Bank of Hollister, located in southern Idaho, was an ideal subject for sunset photography. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

Two old cars are hidden behind an abandoned workshop on a remote road in northern Ontario. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

A large fleet of abandoned classic cars and early 1900s threshers occupy a swath of land south of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned farmhouse is located a few minutes from the American-Canadian border in southern Manitoba. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned house is located near the coastal highway of New Brunswick, an eastern province of Canada. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

Frozen prices on two fuel pumps at Creekside Gas & Auto Repair in rural northern North Dakota indicate it has been abandoned for at least a decade. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An old abandoned hospital in rural Japan continues to house chemicals, brain samples, leeches and operating equipment from decades past. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

A small farmhouse, located a few minutes from the photographer's childhood home near Stratford, Ontario, Canada, was abandoned for a few years until its recent demolition. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned church located in Saskatchewan, a prairie province in western Canada, reveals itself through a shroud of trees. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

This church in Canada's western province of Saskatchewan is in remarkably good condition considering it has been abandoned since 1968. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned vintage Plymouth car is located only a short distance from the geographic center of America in the state of Kansas. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

Japan's countryside is home to many abandoned clinics. This doll was found on the floor of a doctor's residence located a couple of hours from the site of March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned farm's old tractor sits in the shadow of Utah's rocky outcroppings near Zion National Park. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

Decaying fire trucks remain behind at an abandoned military based in Manitoba, a province in western Canada. Photo by Chris Luckhardt

Rural Abandonments by Chris Luckhardt

An abandoned farmhouse and barn are situated next door to the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Photo by Chris Luckhardt