A few weekends ago, I finally got to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary with my friend, Sunday (of Sunday Nissen Photography.) While our husbands had fun at the Philadelphia Auto Show, we decided to take an adventure to this wonderful place of history and mystery. I have lived in Pennsylvania for awhile now, and I cannot believe it had taken me this long to see this historic sight! Especially with my love for abandoned places, the penitentiary was always on my list of must-see locations. In the middle of February, however, it was certainly very cold, but I’m glad I had finally visited.
If you are near the area and have a couple of hours to spare, I recommend visiting the penitentiary if you’re able! You will not be disappointed.
This last weekend, my husband and I took a trip up to the Poconos to my mother’s camper, and I was sure to bring my camera along because I knew there was an abandoned country club somewhere nearby. With my brother in tow (who is also a budding photographer) we set off in search of this place I had simply heard about in passing. What we found was something eerily serene and we were instantly bubbling with excitement; unable to wait to explore the grounds that had been forgotten and left to decay by the hands of time.
Please note that I have not disclosed the name or exact location of this abandoned place in order to prevent further vandalism and arson. These beautiful, quiet and decaying buildings are already fragile and vulnerable, and I do not wish to contribute to their decline by disrespectful hands.
I’ve always had a huge fascination with abandoned places, especially buildings. There’s just something beautiful, yet calming and eerie about them all at the same time. It always makes me wonder what had gone on there before it was deserted, and how long it took for nature to completely take over. So back in college, I decided to start an abandoned photography series called Collected Remnants where I could convey the mystery and beauty of old and worn places of the past. These are the first images of said series that I had taken a few years ago.
- An old barn in Boyertown, Pennsylvania that is no longer there.
- An unused section of the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey that once held the likes of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra and Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. “The Iceman” in its cells.
- A building that looked to be a swim club once that was on the road near Fricks Lock in Pennsylvania. I believe it was finally torn down a few years back.
- A place in Berks County, PA where a few old Reading Railroad trains were held. This was located near French Creek State Park.