In his House in The Woods photo series, Finnish photographer Kai Fagerström captures wild animals taking over an abandoned house in the woods of Finland. Six cottages were left to decay, but the buildings didn’t stay empty for long: “Deserted buildings are so full of contradictions,” says Kai. “I am fascinated by the way nature reclaims spaces that were, essentially, only ever on loan to humans.” Waiting for the animals to show up at a right place is sometimes a lengthy process, but, as Kai says, “The journey is more important than the destination.“
The photo series is set in cottages near Kai’s summer house, which were abandoned by their tenants after the owner of the place died in a fire. Award-winning photographer noticed how the place was slowly being reclaimed by the nature, and what started as a few snapshots, ended up being a book, published in Finnish, German, and English.