Photographer sneaks inside wrecked Costa Concordia to shoot these haunting photos of the ghost ship

Jun 27, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer sneaks inside wrecked Costa Concordia to shoot these haunting photos of the ghost ship

Jun 27, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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On January 13, 2012, Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit an underwater rock. The ship wrecked, taking 32 lives away. The disaster attracted a huge attention of the public, and one photographer was among them.

Two years after the disaster, Jonathan Danko Kielkowski managed to sneak inside Costa Concordia just before it got scraped. He brought his camera and small tripod with him and brought back the images of the ghost ship – one of the largest ones ever to be abandoned. He shared his images with DIYP, and they are beautiful, haunting and sad beyond words.

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I still remember the tragedy and the controversy that followed the wreck of Costa Concordia. The captain Francesco Schettino was arrested on preliminary charges of manslaughter connected with causing the shipwreck. He also failed to assist 300 passengers to evacuate, because he left the wreck before them. Jonathan was fascinated and moved by the story ever since the disaster happened, and when the ship arrived in Genoa to be scraped – he saw his chance to see it before it’s sold for scraps. But, it wasn’t an easy task.

When Jonathan first tried to get to the ship, the coast guard caught him and he had to turn back. It was impossible to get the permit, so he waited. Two weeks later, he tried again and succeeded. The ship was fixed to a jetty in the sea, only about 200m from the coast. So, he swam to the wreck, carrying his clothes and gear in a small rubber dinghy. He had to do it during the night so no one catches him, and waited outside the ship till the sun came up, so he can get in and start shooting.

He had a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8 USM 2 Lens, and a small tripod. He stayed inside the wreck for about 6 hours, and took around 500 photos of this wonderful, haunting place. At first, it all felt surreal and it took him a while to realize he really was there. He describes the place as nightmarish, and points out that he could just feel the panic of more than 4000 people who were running for their lives. And his photos depict it, leaving a strong impact on the viewers.

Jonathan has brought his photos together in a book named Concordia, and you can order it online on this link. And we bring you some of the images below:

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Jonathan Danko Kielkowski is a German based photographer and artist. He documents the traces humans leave behind, creation and decay of man-made structures above and underground. If you would like to see more of his work, make sure to visit his website, follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and read his blog.

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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9 responses to “Photographer sneaks inside wrecked Costa Concordia to shoot these haunting photos of the ghost ship”

  1. Great Dear Leader Avatar
    Great Dear Leader

    Risky but worth it.

  2. St Ooges Avatar
    St Ooges

    the highlights are blown

  3. Hugh Briss Avatar
    Hugh Briss

    I love urbexing but too bad he didn’t expose for the highlights so the windows weren’t all blown out.

    1. Jonathan Danko Avatar
      Jonathan Danko

      It was pitchblack inside the wreck and most parts of the ship had no lights installed at that time. Plus it was clowdy outside. The expose time for most of the images is well over 5 minutes and blowing Out the Highlights and so blending Out the outside was part of the concept. After all it is also one of the reasons why the accident happened (blending out the outside ;) )

    2. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      If he had exposed for the sun, you would complain the interior is too black. And if he had bracketed and merged, you would probably complain “this is HDR crap”.

  4. Jessica Ventura Avatar
    Jessica Ventura

    These photos are pretty amazing but they are taken illegally. I’m shocked that Italian Guardia costiera in Genova harbor didn’t see the guy who was tryin’ to get on board. Places like this are fascinating but at the same time very dangerous: what would had happen if the guy died or, for example, broke his legs? I love photographs but I can’t support illegality.

    1. Michele M. Ferrario Avatar
      Michele M. Ferrario

      the fist time they got him, the second time he swimm to the concordia nightime and take the photo at sunrise.

  5. Christian Concha Avatar
    Christian Concha

    how you got to the ship?
    I mean. you swim until there ok, but then? how to climb, it’s 20mts until you get to the first floor.

    thank you and amazing pictures

    1. alpha 96 wolf Avatar
      alpha 96 wolf

      he walked on the ship. if you watch the video, it shows them taking the photos