What is it that makes abandoned places so intriguing? The rust, the peeling paint, the discarded remnants of elapsed lives—they are fascinating hints of forgotten storylines. If your eyes linger when you pass a boarded up door, you are not alone. Many web communities are dedicated to documenting the deserted corners of America through photography.
Trailer Moonrise ©Troy Paiva/lostamerica.com
Photographer Troy Paiva has explored the Southwest’s abandoned highlights at night for nearly 20 years. The eerie fluorescent glow in his photos is not a result of Photoshop, but of exposure and lighting techniques he shares on his site, Lost America. He shoots all the photos at night or in low-light conditions.—Kelsey Rexroat
Find more photos of abandoned America at these websites:
1) The (WU)ltimate 33-Part Guide to Abandoned Places
This site features lists, pictures, and descriptions of top abandoned places, such as “7 Abandoned Wonders of America,” “24 Abandoned Cities and Ghost Towns,” and “Abandoned Places Used in Famous Films.” They even narrow their guides down to the specific type of deserted place, from theme parks to asylums, and offer a guide to exploring abandoned buildings legally.
2) Abandoned America
Calling itself “the home for all things abandoned,” this site features haunting galleries of deserted hospitals, prisons, schools, and more.
3) Flickr Groups
The following photo communities focus on abandoned places throughout America:
• Abandoned America
• Abandon: Color
• Lost America
• Abandoned but not Forgotten