Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph inside an abandoned silk mill in Lonaconing, Maryland. The mill opened in 1907, producing thread from silk imported from China and Japan and connected to the Baltimore harbor by rail. At the beginning of World War II the plant switched to making nylon thread for the war effort.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit and photograph the Lukens Steel Mill, an abandoned factory in southeastern Pennsylvania.
A photographer from Detroit posted a set of pictures from the city’s abandoned school book depository that are both sad and strangely beautiful.
Equally poignant are his thoughts about what he saw.
All that’s left is an overwhelming sense of knowledge unlearned and untapped potential. It is almost impossible not to see all this and make some connection between the needless waste of all these educational supplies and the needless loss of so many lives in this city to poverty and violence, though the reality of why these supplies were never used is unclear. In some breathtakingly-beautiful expression of hope, an anonymous graffiti artist has painted a phoenix-like book rising from the ashes of the third floor.
Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.