smithsonianmag:

17 Amazing Photographs of Abandoned Places

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.

(via npr)

Bagpipes are among the most underrated instruments — a real shame, because their sound is so rich and beautiful. I get what I like to call, “primordial sentiment goosebumps” listening to this.

Home. Someday. 

Home. Someday. 

I crave every bit of this.

I crave every bit of this.

(Source: atfirstparadise)

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You’re Never Too Young To Dream Big

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You’re Never Too Young To Dream Big

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Cat at Sultanahmet/Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 2013 by Where Is Your Toothbrush? on Flickr.
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Los Angeles {Gif by Infamousgod}

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Los Angeles {Gif by Infamousgod}

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A Look at the Gorgeous Ruins of an Art Nouveau Casino

Some of my earliest (and fondest) childhood memories are of lackadaisical days spent building sand castles and collecting sea shell treasures on the beaches of the Black Sea…. I’ve never been to the Romanian coast, but I am very intrigued by this casino and the potential for repurposing it as a space to be enjoyed by the community. I have a fascination with abandoned spaces and this seems like one that’s ripe with opportunity to be reused in more meaningful ways…

Good tunes on a Sunday

A friend from this summer sent me this really sweet children’s book in the mail. I realized just how enlightening and uplifting children’s books are. We shouldn’t stop reading them when we “grow up”… there’s so much truth to them and the simplicity with which they’re written is refreshing.

A friend from this summer sent me this really sweet children’s book in the mail. I realized just how enlightening and uplifting children’s books are. We shouldn’t stop reading them when we “grow up”… there’s so much truth to them and the simplicity with which they’re written is refreshing.

Governor Dodge State Park

I’m on a boat!

I’m on a boat!

I spy, I spy a big bird. Can you find it?

I spy, I spy a big bird. Can you find it?

Work. Sleep. Repeat.

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.