Exploring the Decaying Remains of Japan’s Battleship Island

Image: Jordy Meow

In the early hours of the morning and ensconced in darkness, a tiny boat ploughs through the waters off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. Ahead of it, a great hulking mass rises up against the horizon; the dark and ominous island of Gunkanjima.

Image: Jordy Meow

Inside the boat, photographer and urban explorer Jordy Meow is poised and ready to go. He doesn’t have official permission to land on the island, though. Instead, he must leap from the prow of the boat and disappear quickly among the ruins of the once-magnificent buildings. Then as the sun rises over the apocalyptic landscape, the Frenchman begins to snap away.

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