Many towns in North Alabama operate on such a small budget that a single drought could fatally cripple much of their income.
A single devastating storm might damage a building beyond repair, but the cost of starting over and in some cases cleaning up becomes more fiscal trouble than the towns are able to spare. Anyone who has owned property in North Alabama can tell you that all it takes is one summer’s worth of neglect to turn a proudly displayed property into a mysterious shadow veiled by trees and vines.
These places exist all around, but are often avoided because of the dangers that may be lurking inside.
In Abandoned North Alabama, photographer Mary Posey documents her journey inside some of North Alabama’s most bizarre and creepy discarded structures. She explores the stories of a military base that couldn’t maintain its funding, a train station with a hint of murder mystery, a juvenile detention center for girls that fought lawsuits for abuse until ultimately being shut down by a tornado, and houses left as if the owners just ran off in the middle of the night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Mary Posey is an award-winning photographer out of Alabama. Her passion for photography dates to time spent in a darkroom as a teenager. Presently, Mary resides in a small town on the outskirts of Huntsville. Mary's goal is to combine her two passions of photography and urban exploration in an artistic attempt to show others the often unseen and rarely understood side of places society seems to have forgotten. Mary’s work can be found online at facebook.com/studio256al and @mary.posey on Instagram. Prints for purchase can be found at studio256.smugmug.com.