We live in a constant cycle of abandonment and renewal, discarding the old for the new as we strive to build bigger and better facilities — erasing the past in our process. America's cities, towns and countryside are filled with empty, obsolete, and sometimes severely decaying buildings — hospitals, factories, schools and houses. In many cases what we’re allowing to rot are magnificent representations of a by-gone era — their replacements pale in comparison.
And so, Spirits of the Abandoned. A website visually documenting, not only the existence of these often derelict places, but their essence— through the wonderful photographic opportunites they offer. There is such beauty in their decay.
Spirits of the Abandoned, Maryland, the book, was published as part of a MFA thesis project completed at the University of Baltimore. Years later, the journey continues.
Photographing these captivating and enlightening entities will take far more time than I have in one lifetime — but I will continue to seek them out and visually capture as many as I can. Their stories fascinate, sadden and ultimately enthrall some dark side of my nature that is infinitely curious about what was and can never be again.
Spirits of the Abandoned
Spirits of the Abandoned is excited to be included in the "SNAP" The Art of Photography," show, presented by the Herberger Theatre Center. The exhibition runs from May 9 thru August 27, 2014 at the University Club, Phoenix. more info
The "SNAP" exhibition mentioned above is the impetus for a long overdue update to the Spirits galleries. A major relocation, last year, to the beautiful South West, has created new opportunities to shoot some very different, but equally fascinating abandonments. There are five new galleries, so far, with many more to
come! The links are below, enjoy!