So much work. I was in North Carolina last week, going to Boston next week. After that it’s going to be Ottawa, Canada and Dayton, OH. And Appleton, WI sometime in between. I’ve more or less stopped going out late — I guess this is what it means to grow up.
by Todd Stowell
In a world that is full of overcrowding and overpopulation, it’s hard to believe that there are places that, once populated, now sit unoccupied. Whether it be abandonment due to war, economic collapse or disaster, these locations offer a look into a place where time stopped. Once thriving locations are now modern day ruins, sitting in decay.
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Some of my favorite memories over the past years have involved abandoned buildings… an abandoned pool in my grandma’s small town lit by candles, illuminating the shattered bits of glass littering the floor, giving them that starlight glow… an abandoned train in suburban Connecticut, filled with remnants of a different time: ticket stubs, inspection paperwork, fusees and torpedoes…
When people leave a place, so much remains. I want to know what it once was, how it sounded, what it smelled like…. The place lives on in people’s memories but its future is wide open for us to interpret and repurpose.
I am not much of a historical preservationist. I believe in letting a place evolve naturally - whatever that may mean for it. If it means abandon and ruin, then that is only natural. I once had an internship for a historical preservation group on the Upper East Side, interested in keeping old “soft sites” from the reach of thirsty developers… Apart from having to work in a rodent-infested office and take pictures of bougie mansions in the sweltering heat, I felt so much conflict with my personal ethics. I quit two weeks later and flew back to LA on a whim.
But to the topic at hand: I encourage you to find an abandoned building and check it out.