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What is it about abandoned buildings that lures me to them?
It's like the walls whisper to me. They long to tell me their stories. The invite me to experience their loneliness and beg me to stand in wonderment of their secrets. I look for clues of the past, of the days when noise, activity, life and laughter filled its rooms and hallways. Now, the only remaining sounds are leaves and vines rustling in the breeze, perhaps the scurry of some small rodent or insect, and of course, those faintly audible whispers.
I think one of the fascinations with these buildings is how they leave me so many questions. These questions beg to be answered.
- Who inhabited this building?
- What kinds of things went on here?
- Why was the building vacated?
- Why didn't they take all of the belongs? Why were the things left behind?
- Why hasn't this building been sold and reinhabited?
- Why hasn't it been torn down?
- Who does it belong to now? What do they plan to do with it?
I long to fill in the blanks and my imagination runs wild. There is always tinge of sorrow, not for the occupants, but for the building itself. The building whispers how neglected it feels. It longs to shelter it's occupants once again. The vines and trees seem to be now sheltering the building and hiding it from it's shame.
Do you hear them too?
My Fascination With Abandoned Buildings & Architecture
I've always had a fascination with buildings and architecture.
I remember taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Austin,Texas with my friends and while they were busy people-watching and looking at the sites at the street level, I sat with my eyes gazing upwards at the tops of all the historic buildings. I loved all of the architectural styles and seeing the dates of all the buildings. I only wish I had had a camera with me that night.
I guess it's no coincidence that I eventually married a building surveyor from England. When I first met him in England he chauffeured me all over the English countryside showing me the natural beauty and man-made beauty of England's structures. I was captivated. With my own eyes I saw thatched roof cottages, centuries old buildings and castles and seaside harbors that I had only ever seen in fables, storybooks, and picture puzzle boxes. It truly was a magical adventure for me. I've published a hub about my fascination with the English architecture. You can view photos of my trip by clicking here.
Research on Abandoned Buildings
While playing around on the internet, I have found some incredible resources for information and photos of abandoned buildings around the world. I sat and looked at these for hours. I even found photos of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The links to all of these can be find below. Please spend a little time looking at each one, bookmark this page if you have to, but there are some fascinating photos there.
In the coming weeks I plan to spend some time taking some more photos around central Texas and I will be adding them here and perhaps creating some new hubs out of some of them if the material warrants it.
Update July 4, 2009
Today, I went out in search of a place I have seen recently that I want to photograph, but stumbled upon a different place on the way. It's good that I did, since I could find the place I originally set out to photograph. Oh well. The photos you see to below are of an abandoned college campus in central Texas. The photos are of two different buildings. I fell in love with the round window in the white building that appeared to be an old dormatory. The other buildng, with dark brick appears to have been for classrooms.
Update May 15, 2010
The refrigeration building in Waxahachie shown in the photographs above has been completely torn down. I'm glad I took the photos when I did.
Links to Great Abandoned Places
- Fantastic Photos of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
- Abandoned Buildings
Grave Addiction abandoned buildings page with numerous links to photos.
- Opacity.us - Abandoned Photography and Urban Exploration
Photographs of abandoned hospitals, asylums, power plants, and other forgotten structures, accompanied with accounts of urban exploration.
- Abandoned Places In The World
Abandoned Places In The World - The biggest number of abandoned villages and farms can be found in Unites States and the countries of the former USSR.
- The Six Creepiest Abandoned Places
Abandoned place in Russia
- More EnglishRussia.com
An abandoned mansion-beautiful photos
- 100+ Abandoned Cities, Towns, Buildings, Places and Property | WebUrbanist
From individual structures to entire communities, abandonments large and small inspire the imagination and tell us things about the past in a visceral way.
- Abandoned Theaters, Parks, Schools & Pools | WebUrbanist
Some of the most haunting abandonments are those that were once used to entertain and educate - filled with vast once-vibrant gathering and learning spaces.
- Candy Cane Dungeon - Pennhurst State School : Abandoned Photography : opacity.us
Candy Cane Dungeon - Pennhurst State School