I love abandoned places photography. I think it’s really interesting to come across a building that has been deserted for a long period of time, and see the random objects strewn about here and there that give you clues as to what type of place it was and what sort of things happened there. It’s interesting as well to imagine what might have happened in the last hours, right up to the final minute, of the buildings usefulness – what went on in the half hour before the door was locked for the final time?
Tom Kirsch is, among other things, a photographer with a knack for discovering desolation. The galleries he offers on his website far surpass my meager attempts. He has photographed the inside of forgotten churches, empty hospitals, vacant schools, and forsaken mental facilities. His tolerance for creepiness must be sky high; most of the locations he’s shot I wouldn’t dare to tread alone. But thankfully he’s been there with his camera, allowing us to see safely from our computer chairs the wonderful dilapidation of so many architectural cast-aways.