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About

 

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Your humble narrator.

I started AbandonedNYC in the spring of 2012, after having spent the last few months obsessively exploring the city’s abandoned places.  The blog is a labor of love, but it doesn’t pay the bills—for that I work in various freelance positions as a photographer, videographer, editor, and photo assistant.  Sometimes that doesn’t leave me much time to shoot for myself, but I try to get a new post up every month.  Lately, I’ve expanded outside the five boroughs, mostly due to the fact that there aren’t too many abandoned places left in this city that haven’t been turned into condos or reduced to rubble.  (If you know of one, please get in touch!)

I’m not a scholar or historian, but I try my best to do proper research, relying mainly on the archives of the New York Times.  I’m a big fan of classic horror and so-called “weird fiction,” which is why I tend to indulge in words like eldritch, eerie, creepy, spooky, spectral, uncanny, sinister, hair-raising, and the like.  I don’t usually call myself an urban explorer, but you can if you want.

Ruin porn is a nasty phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days as more and more images of abandoned places are saturating the internet, and many photographers of abandoned buildings are accused of creating little more than eye candy.  I can’t claim that my primary intention is to document these structures before they’re gone as an act of preservation. (Let’s be real, most of us wouldn’t be photographing old hospitals and factories if they didn’t happen to look awesome.) But I am hoping to preserve the belief that there is still weirdness, wildness, and mystery in the world, even in an increasingly sanitized city like New York.

For a little recommended reading, check out this interview I did with the Shutterstock Blog a while back, and take a look through my photo website to see what else I’ve been up to.

Thanks for stopping by,

Will


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6 thoughts on “About

  1. I have pre-ordered the book having read an article about it earlier this morning. I am an aspiring author and found the photographs both beautiful and inspiring. Every single one of them created a story in my head about the secrets each place held. The people who lived there, the experiences they shared, so much unknown, so many stories that could be told. Good luck with the book and your on-going project. Really interesting.

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    Posted by sleeka21 | 2-2-15., 4:56 am
  2. You should mention that the Staten Island Farm colony was the last abode of the great Staten Island photographer Alice Austen whose Victorian cottage is now a museum close to the bay..When Staten island was a summer residence of southern cotton planters who came to NYC to sell their cotton on the cotton exchange they stayed in staten island for the cool breezes. There are photos of victorian ladies fully clothed playing tennis etc.

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    Posted by Constance Roche | 2-3-15., 3:10 pm

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