I can be honest and say that I can be an odd duck. I’m not talking about odd in that I want to do it with a car or anything, but I have some interests that people think are a little morbid or even bizarre.
One of these is my fascination with abandoned buildings urban decay in general. I find the photos hauntingly beautiful, wonder what the stories are behind the buildings and what kind of lives were touched or ruined within their walls. At some point in time, they meant enough to build, what caused them to be abandoned? If they’re not torn down what will future generations who find them think happened there? Will they be noticed as nature reclaims the structures? Will all the lives that were touched or ruined matter if the buildings are gone?
It’s not a new fascination, I’ve long longed to get into old barns or buildings back home for the interesting lights and textures photos would produce, but to see it on a bigger scale or a more significant back story makes it all the more intriguing to me.
Buzzfeed had a great set of photos today of places that were abandoned, but there are many other sites that offer up an interesting look into the past. More locally, we have Abandoned New York and The Kingston Lounge and to say I’m a little jealous of local photographer Sebastien Barre for some of the spaces he’s had access to would be an understatement.
I think I’ll have to take some adventures with my camera…Don’t worry Momma, I’ll be careful.
What are you into that some would think was weird?
***Photo of 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo from: flickr.com***