There’s something forlorn and haunting about long abandoned buildings. Sad really.
you think about it and come to realize that people worked and lived in such
buildings, it’s almost as if their ghosts haunt the abandoned places.
the other hand old, decrepit buildings hold a special fascination. Behind the cobwebs, dust, strewn about
furniture or equipment, graffiti and intrusions by beast, birds and bugs explorers
get the sense as if they are traveling to the past.
am one of those people who love watching videos on You Tube that feature urban
explorers, seeking out and. sometimes clandestinely, delving into the dark and
dank rooms and corners of old, long forgotten buildings.
Jonglez Publishing has just
released a trio of books that take urban exploration one-step forward.
Van der Velde dared the dust, dirt, decay and danger to explore old ‘Abandoned
Asylums’, and documented his discoveries.
Matt as he chronicles the past of several famous and infamous asylums providing
interesting historical backgrounds coupled with haunting (and sometime
disturbing) photos of each asylum.
him as he explores children wards, medical facilities, rooms, wards, offices, chapels,
restrooms, kitchens, hallways and other rooms long since falling into decay.
could almost smell the mildew and decay around me as I joined Matt on his quest.’
After The Final Curtain’ compiled by Matt Lambros, explores the fall of the American
old enough to remember (just barely) the heyday of the American Movie Theater. Not merely rooms with screens, the classic
American Movie Theaters were decorated and furnished to the hilt.
wall hangings and decorations, embellished ceilings with beautiful plaster work
and lights, lush theater chairs, balconies and more guaranteed that the movie-goer
got more than their money’s worth when he or she went to watch a film.
his book Matt explores a number of classic theaters (some derelict, some under
renovation and some fully restored).
at the lush surroundings, lavish screens and curtains, luxurious seats and accommodations
and try to picture in your mind enjoying a film in just such a place.
Many theaters have seen better days. Travel
the lobbies of old and derelict theaters.
Take in the tragic sight of demolished lobbies, dilapidated seats, crumbling
ceilings and walls and projector rooms with rusted and broken equipment.
this age of lightning speed advancement in all areas of technology and applied
sciences and coupled with the rush and hurry state of our society its easy to
forget the past.
seems to play a small part in our modern society and it’s a shame. Paraphrasing a famous quote, “Those who fail
to learn from the past are destined to make the same mistakes again.”
important to appreciate the past and those who lived in it. Sadly many of the buildings, institutions
and architectural wonders of yesteryear are crumbling into obscurity.
is true in United States and around the world.
Matthew Emmett has traveled the globe visiting old factories, homes, power
stations, barns, castles, military installations and the like and taking photographs
complemented by historical text background information.
the time to look through each page carefully, immerse yourself in times past
and let your imagination take hold. Picture
people rushing about intent on their individual tasks. Imagine them clothed in period costumes and
fashions and just for a moment place yourself in their shoes amidst the dust
past will come alive as will your appreciation for it. ‘Forgotten Heritage’ is a fascinating journey
to times past and it’s well worth the trip.