A love affair with a dying building.
Why we can't take our eyes off images of old buildings and decrepit interiors
t's the sort of image, imbued with loss and layers, that architecture buffs drool over. A old chair sits center stage, its cloth back echoed by a round tabletop that leans against a wall, painted in a familiar shade of institutional green. A mattress, flattened and grimy, lies tossed onto a floor that's littered with fallen plaster. In the foreground, an overturned metal trashcan speaks volumes.
It's romantic, it's nostalgic, it's wistful, it's provocative. It's about time, nature, mortality, disinvestment.
Pursuing and photographing the old is an addictive hobby. Dozens of blogs and online galleries share strategies for entry and showcase ever-bulging collections of moss-covered factory floors and lathe-exposed school buildings.
There's no shortage of theories as to just why these images fascinate us. They offer an escape from excessive order. They're marginal spaces filled with old and obscure objects. You can see and feel things that you can't in the ordinary world.
I guess to me it's more about curiosity, and almost a kinshipEvery abandoned place tells a story. The story might not be very enticing, for instance, A mansion got abandoned because it is located in an area with low land value and their money started running out, so they got forced to move out. No one in the area wants to buy the house, so it got abandoned. Some abandoned places' backstories might leave you in terror or relief. Example, An old psychiatric hospital served insane patients for decades and the patients were tortured because of their aggressive behavior. Thousands of patients died of abuse, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, (of course) Mental Illnesses, Pneumonia, War Injuries, Cancer, Cerebrovascular disease, Heart Disease, Chronic diseases etc... The hospital had to shut down because of overflowing of patients coming in, Bankruptcy, The need for antibiotics lowered and lead the closing of the hospital.
There are the cons though, unstable structural problems to trespassing concerns. . Reddit's urban exploration subcommunity advises explorers to "look but don't touch," "leave places as you found them" and "be safe," among other responsible behaviors.
Even those who break into derelict buildings (for generally benign purposes) can hurt efforts to preserve the properties if communities fear vandalism and dropping property values. We always try to get permission, and if there are signs we stay away
Look at it from the other side The local cops don't know if the people breaking into a building are planning to 'discover' it or undertake illicit or dangerous activities there
Done ethically, however, urban exploration can be quite valuable to modern archaeologists and historians.
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