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11 September 2011 @ 07:00 pm
A Sense of Beauty and History, Even In The Strangest Places  
I really need to get back into Urban Exploration like I used to be. Honestly, there are so many glorious old building be allowed to rot away with no record of the workmanship or the history of people that pass through those halls. Sometimes they are just abandoned with most of their contents. Schools, churches, hospitals, left to rot for sometimes six decades or more.






The money isn't there to restore them or give them any of the respect they are due. Sometimes it would take less money to restore and bulldoze and build something entirely different and with no character. Although at times we get lucky and they're saved.



Pics are all from Opacity. Click for the article.

But these are the very lucky exception. Some are just left until they literally fall apart. Breaks my heart. And then you have this epidemic of kids that go in and break antique stained glass windows and feel the need to use spray paint to tag every thing. Sickening. To destroy something of such quiet loveliness. Another example? Sure!



A real UE? They have respect enough for the locations they visit to touch nothing and take nothing more than pictures. We want nothing more than to see for ourselves the past that is right there in front of people, yet ignored every day by those that no longer even notice it. We have a need to show people that there is beauty left in those things left behind.



It wounds me to see what happens to them. In the last few gerenations, so many of these places have been simply covered over and soulless cookie-cutter spring up in their places. When my mind starts to turn toward fall and I have a greater appreciation of the world in general, these images make me wish I could quit my job, write professionally, and have the money to help restore what's been lost. Hell, I'd love to restore one of these churches and make it a library or children's center.

Just look at these photos and consider the possibilities for re-use.

Look at the crumbling ruins and see them with new eyes.


 
 
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Kattxenokattz on September 12th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Oooooooooooh, wants! Is it terrible of me to want those run-down buildings-- especially the once-decadent ones-- to stay frozen in partial ruin? Not better, not worse.

It is, isn't it?

*hangs head*
Lois: Lois :: Smilekalalanekent on September 12th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Actually, no. No, I agree with you IF it were possible. Eventually, the elements or the idiocy of some people will ruin it. Most of these fall prey to fires started by some yahoo.

And there's also the danger involved, as anyone who wanders around abandoned places for long figures out. I almost had a floor cave in on me as a teenager in a theater in GA.

I think a lot of it is that I would just love to show people that photographing things like this is important and that there is still beauty in the past.

God, I'm poetic and Poe-y lately, huh? ;)
Kattxenokattz on September 13th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
The church with the vaulted ceilings = GUH.
Lois: Lois :: Caughtkalalanekent on September 15th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Comb the website; you'll lose a couple of days, but it is SOOO worth it.
athenesolon: Impressed Loisathenesolon on September 12th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
You should see the pictures of the ST. Louis Union Station from back in the 60s and 70s. It was a mess and a complete and utter miracle it was saved.
Lois: Lois :: Thoughtfulkalalanekent on September 15th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm sure I can hunt some down somewhere. ;) *goes to look*
athenesolon: Belle in Libraryathenesolon on September 18th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think it was that building that inspired my mother to get into historic preservation and historic buildings as a possible career move (it never panned out but she had the art history degree that focused on interior design and historic buildings to prove she knew her stuff) and probably helped to get me into the career path I am today (I admired her for her interest in historic buildings.) To this day, whenever my husband and I drive around a city I've never been I will touch the window if I see a building that he too far gone with a feeling of sadness.

Another place you should look at is Cairo, IL. At one time it was busier than St. Louis and Chicago (as it was at the mouth of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers) and has buildings that date back to the antebellum era (although Ill be the first to admit many of this buildings actually may be beyond repair.)
Lois: Clark :: Woobiekalalanekent on September 19th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, I think I managed to find all of three pics of the old station that weren't screenshots from Escape from New York, which had several scenes shot there before the renovation.

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Still looking into Cairo, which I remember hearing about because of the pronunciation

Edited at 2011-09-19 05:48 pm (UTC)
athenesolonathenesolon on September 19th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Goodness, I didn't realize a movie had been shot there (although I'm not at all surprised by that)! I'll have to see if I can find that movie to watch.

For Cairo, IL, if you do have time while visiting Metropolis, IL (whenever you DO get out here to see/visit it) you might want to try and take a short detour. For myself (who's about a two hour drive from Metropolis) it's usually the route we take (because of the scenic drive that doesn't necessarily have to do with the town.)
Lois: Lois :: What's In A Namekalalanekent on September 21st, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
I hadn't been sure until I did some research on it while looking for these pics. I need to watch it again now that I know what the place was.

I wish to God we could do it for Man of Steel, but I'm not going to see it. So there's that out. I really do need to make it up there some year and I'll DEFINITELY stop by Cairo while we're there. I need to start doing this kind of photography again.