A strange encampment has been preserved through photos, despite being left to rot by its inhabitants.
On the shores of Aruba, the remains of this tropical settlement still sit, wasting away as the waves roll endlessly in and out.
Nevada-based photographer Shaun Astor recently came upon this odd sight while visiting the Caribbean: A random, forsaken series of tumbledown buildings along the waterfront, far from the island’s main hub of activity.
Despite not knowing their story or what exactly he was looking at, he seized upon the chance to take a series of pictures of the situation.
“In short, we stumbled across these shacks which stretch along the length of a mostly unused beach on the far opposite side of the island from the tourism center,” Astor, 30, told Jam Press of the adventure earlier this month.
He hit a wall attempting to find out more information about the odd sight and was unable to find anyone with further details, with many not even aware of its presence.
“No one we asked [had] any concrete information on it, or even knew it was there,” Astor — who operates a business called Raise The Stakes Photography — went on
The dwellings, he added, were composed of a diverse array of creations built mostly from different types of debris.
“These shacks and cabins were built to varying degrees in solidness — most with discarded wood, pallets, metal and even old vinyl advertising billboards,” he said.
The furniture that once filled the abodes littered the area, covered in sand.
Sofas, beds, and other bits and bobs are seen in his images strewn about, covered in rips and marks.
Another sign of former life includes an aged billboard advertising what appears to have once been a local watering hole.
One shot features a former cafe called the Coco Loco Ranch, several tables still within its walls.
The shots are eerie yet colorful, saturated but empty.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.