While exploring Japan in 2016, Parisian photographer Romain Veillon discovered the eerily deserted “Western Village” amusement park, themed around 1800s America.
Veillon’s photographs of the Western Village are unsettling shots of a neglected theme park. But for the French photographer, it’s not about being scared — or creating creepy photographs.
Every abandoned place tells a story, he says. Wandering around a deserted spot, your mind brims with questions — and the fact these questions are often unanswerable makes the place even more intriguing, as you try to fill the gaps.
The park has been abandoned since 2007.While travelling Japan, Veillon visited a couple of abandoned theme parks, including Nara Dreamland — a failed amusement park that took on a post-apocalyptic vibe in its later years. It was finally demolished in 2016.
The Western Village, however, is still standing. Built in 1975, it’s been abandoned since 2007.
“Since then, it became famous for photographers and explorers who love to get lost in time in this incredible out of time location,” says Veillon.