Since it's Halloween next week I thought I'd share my love of abandoned places. They're always quite dark and creepy, have an air of eeriness and make the mind wander. That's no doubt the reason a lot of horror film/shows take place in derelict hospitals and buildings - they're bloody scary.
I don't know why or how I became fascinated by deserted structures but I have a feeling they connected with the writer in me. Looking at images of places that were built for a reason, that used to thrive, and now are left neglected and broken always inspire me. I mull over hundreds of questions; who used to live there? Why did they leave? Did something tragic happen? Is it haunted? How long has it been abandoned? And so many more. The decayed ruins can be interpreted so many different ways and although they're destroyed, there's beauty in the tragedy. There's something about them that are aesthetically pleasing; maybe it's the mystery and the unexpected, I don't know, but I'm certainly a fan.
When I look through these type of images the main thing that goes through my mind is - 'I wish I could photograph them myself.' As much as I'd love to and how strong the urge is, I'm more than sure I wouldn't be able to find an abandoned building that is wheelchair accessible. Trust me, I'm not complaining, there's nothing practical about broken down buildings, and I'm not ridiculous enough to think something derelict would be easy to access. For now I'll get my kicks from the safety and practicality of my living room.
I wish the following images were ones I'd taken. Maybe one day I'll own a hovercraft and visit all the creepy, freaky places myself!
These dark images tap into my curious side; I can't help but create spooky backstories and invent bizarre characters that roamed the halls. If you're a fiction writer and ever get writers block, I highly suggest you look at some photographs (especially of abandoned places) and it should definitely inspire you.