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Photographer captures eerie remains of the Costa Concordia
German freelance photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski swam out to where the destroyed Costa Concordia was moored to capture these haunting images of cruise ship, which have now been compiled in his book Concordia, published by White Press. In 2012, the cruise ship ran aground off Tuscany, killing 32 people. 
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Once majestic staircase

A staircase on the sunken Costa Concordia. Kielkowski writes in his book Concordia. "Against all odds, I find the shipwreck freely accessible - neither fences nor security personnel! Rather, the doors are open, lights are turned on, no man can be seen - nothing in the way to document…"

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Concordia captures dangers of sea

Kielkowski's first attempt to swim to the ship to capture images was thwarted by the coast guard.  His second attempt was successful.  These haunting images, compiled in his new book, capture the former grandeur of the floating hotel and reminds us that even mega cruise ships are not immune from the dangers of the sea. 

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Algae covered deck

The ship struck a submerged rock while in the Mediterranean Sea causing the $570-million ship to sink. In July 2014, the ship was towed from the wreck site to the port of Genoa in northwest Italy, where it is the process of being dismantled and scrapped.

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Destroyed elevator bank

Sunlight illuminates the algae covered ceiling. It has been four years since the Costa Concordia sank.  Francesco Schettino, the ship’s captain, was jailed for 16 years over the accident and today Americans on the cruise are still fighting for compensation. 

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Remains of the casino

The Concordia was a massive ship with four swimming pools, tennis courts, 13 bars, a cinema and a casino.

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Poker chips strewed about

Casino chip lay scattered about as if they simply dropped from the tables.

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Slot machines

Slot machines laid bare among the ruins.

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Ripped apart

Wiring hangs down from the ceiling and massive installations litter a room.

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Sea green ceiling

The once grand atrium is now covered with sea plants.

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Exterior view

The Costa Concordia is now just a rusted hull. It remains one of the largest maritime salvage operations in history.

Jonathan Danko Kielkowski/White Press

Photographer captures eerie remains of the Costa Concordia

German freelance photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski swam out to where the destroyed Costa Concordia was moored to capture these haunting images of cruise ship, which have now been compiled in his book Concordia, published by White Press. In 2012, the cruise ship ran aground off Tuscany, killing 32 people. 

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