Posts Tagged ‘buildings’
The strange thing about Polphail is that it was never occupied:
Keys still dangle on a board waiting for tenants who would never arrive. Coat hangers remain in cupboards and rusting washing machines stand idle, dreaming of their first spin cycle.
There’s a definite post-apocalyptic feel about the derelict houses lying empty and unused. There are some excellent images of the abandoned Polphail at local photographer Philippa Elliott’s website:
And on Flickr:
Found via Dark Roasted Blend, here’s another site showcasing some incredibly beautiful photography of abandoned buildings before the wreckers move in:
Preservation Photo dedicates itself to documenting architecture through photography in an effort to preserve a building’s history.
Some illustrative examples:
The massive Bancroft Mill complex was the largest and longest running mill in Delewares Brandywine Valley before it went bankrupt in 2003.
At it’s peak the several hundred acre campus housed over 3500 patients (known as “clients”) and began suffering from overcrowded conditions. Sexual abuse, neglect, and appalling living conditions led to a class action lawsuit against the school in 1977. The school was found guilty of violating patients rights and was officially shut down a decade later in 1987.
I’ve been finding that there’s a strange beauty in photos of abandoned buildings, lonely places, slow deterioration and the gradual reclamation of the highest works of man by nature.
For me, it allows a vision of a post-apocalyptic planet without the pain and horror of the apocalypse. It’s always been the aftermath – not the disaster – that enthralls me.
To that end, why not dine on the following delights: