Have you ever driven past a dilapidated old building, with broken windows and covered in ivy, and wondered what happened there? How long has that building been vacant and left to be consumed by nature?
This book takes you on a photo tour of such buildings in Virginia, all forgotten and falling apart. There is an Art Deco city skyscraper, which formerly held a bank, complete with a bank vault. Another property contains a sprawling complex of a former Catholic high school. Additional locations include houses, schools, commercial warehouses, and even a former outdoor Renaissance Faire.
Sometimes there is available information about how these buildings became abandoned. In other cases, the story is a complete mystery. Regardless of the details, there is something intriguing about seeing a structure that has slowly decayed, a once pristine place being transformed into broken glass and crumbling ceiling tiles.
The people are long gone, but you can still see what remains of something they have left behind, just waiting to be discovered with a camera.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Joel Handwerk was born in Richmond, Virginia, and received his initial photography education at Clover Hill High School. It was here that he first learned 35mm film photography, including darkroom work, infrared photography, and night photography. In 2005, he received a degree in psychology from Asbury University. He enjoys photographing automobiles, cities at night, infrared landscapes, and occasionally dabbling in the retro practice of film photography. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his motorcycles and collection of film cameras.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)