Sunday, November 16, 2014

ABANDONED

I have no idea why, but abandoned places have always fascinated me. Looking at abandoned photographs, we are reminded of how quickly paint cracks and peels, the earth's plants can quickly take over their rightful place, and we, too, grow old and fade away. To view an abandoned space is to acknowledge the existential emptiness that defines us and yet drives us to fill it with the company of others, a good book, and a handful of living, breathing memories. I would love to explore some of these haunting , yet beautiful places in person......
 
An abandoned church in Indiana
Gary, Indiana, was founded in 1905 during the boom of US steel. During the 1950s, more than 200,000 people worked in the bustling city. As the manufacturing sector declined, nearly half of the city fell into disuse.
 
Abandoned House in the Woods
 
flooded shopping mall
 
Once opulent cliff side hotel in Spain
 
Abandoned movie theatre in Detroit
 
Shipwrecks in a sandbar, Bermuda Triangle
 
Church steeple peeking out of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy
 
Lake Reschen is an artifical reservoir which submerged several villages and a 14th century church.
 
 
Miranda Castle, said to be haunted
 
Overgrown palace, Poland
 
In 1910, this grand palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. The rest of the century proved uncertain for the country and under communist rule the palace became an agricultural school, as well as a home for mentally handicapped adults and children. The former palace was deserted following the fall of the USSR.
 
 Old City Hall train station in New York City
 
Bumper cars at an amusement in Chernobyl

 Church of St. Etienne, Caen  France

21 comments:

  1. we had many old movie palaces in philly like that one in detroit. my grandmother and I visited them all back in the 60s. all of them now gone. :(

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  2. I actually haven't seen these before, they're really gorgeous!!! Especially the churches. Amazing how the earth can take these things back

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  3. There is something about abandoned places that make you wanna go there, sit & enjoy the view wondering about what was it like there years ago

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  4. Abandoned mansions and amusement parks fascinate me to no end. So the bumper car picture had my attention. Chernobyl isn't irradiated anymore and you can now take tours .....they are pretty cheap and awesome I hear. Its on my vacation list. GREAT POST

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  5. That theater though... Someone with money go restore that gem now! Just do it!

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  6. Amazing pictures and has me wondering, but would not visit half of these places for fear of a horror movie happening to me!!!

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  7. Gorgeous photographs!!!! Would love to see that abandoned hotel in Spain!!!

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  8. Some of these places would be great to visit. And others? Maybe on Halloween since they'd be perfect for it!

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  9. I'm always amazed at the places left behind; such beauty.

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  10. I love seeing abandoned palaces and fortresses....do you think they'd mind if I moved in? It would still be an upgrade from my single apartment.

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  11. Enjoyed all the pictures. The little town I lived in coastal, northern B.C. Canada is about 90% a ghost town now. Strange to see the pictures.

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  12. These eerie destinations give a strange, yet fascinating look at our planet after people. Interesting photos. William too is into abandoned places. I must admit that hotel in Spain looks like a quite regal place back in the day.

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  13. That abandoned house in the woods. Id like to go there. looks almost like out of a fairy tale.

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  14. I think this is where horror movies take place , none the less, all pretty amazing and haunting at the same time.

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  15. Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with abandoned amusement parks. No freaking clue why...

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  16. You also could put 90% of Detroit in this!!! Pretty cool post thought Mistress. But I don't know I would want to find myself at any of them though

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  17. I love photos like this. I'd love to go exploring in them. This helps to remind people of their own mortality and to see the beauty in all things. :)

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  18. I have to admit that all of these pictures are gorgeous, but their also creepy!

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  19. Abandoned places give me the creeps. Make of that what you will.

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  20. Nice Post!
    When I was younger, it was common to find me breaking into abandoned homes, barns etc. My only regret is that I didn't think to take a camera with me...

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  21. That first one is amazing with the snow!

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