Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Abandoned Interiors

Whenever I pass an old, abandoned house or warehouse I am always tempted to take a peek inside. All these questions race through my head - What does the interior look like? What did the previous owners leave behind? What kind of history has this place seen? How can I get inside to take a photograph?!

Luckily there is Location Works, an online library of locations for movies, magazines, advertisements, and events. They have a whole section devoted to derelict locations to cure my trespassing desires. Oh those paint chipped walls and hardwood floors - how fun to be at a photo shoot or party in one of these. Watch out...don't fall through the floor!

26 comments:

JanelleGrace said...

I love abandoned places - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jutheim/1492989828/in/set-72157604261546102/ - but I am always scared to go inside.

Krissy said...

wow! that's pretty awesome. love the staircase!

mary said...

You know, while these are sort of sad, there really is beauty everywhere. My husband and I went inside a house that was probably 300 years old and abandoned and in shambles. It had amazing paneling, old brick beehive fireplaces, and stunning wide pine floors. It made me so sad and I hope that someone buys it and restores it to it's old glory. (Needless to say...I was totally creeped out. Definitely had a spooky vibe going on...haha)

quaint handmade said...

very cool ... i love the spiral staircase!

That Girl Designs said...

OMG! How much fun could we have in these! Ideas just came pouring in.

jae said...

Wow...that's an amazing site. Makes you want to up the photography budget and go on location for a shoot or two!

Drömma Lotta said...

Parties, lot's of people and lovely dresses...music and candels...oh my!
Love them :D

Sarah Jane said...

Oh your kidding! these are GORGEOUS!!! I can just hear the echo in some of those, but they still seem to hauntingly lived in. I could move in in a second!

A-M said...

I am the same. I love imagining the history in abandoned buildings.... these are all so beautiful.... there is beauty in history and the hint of a past. A-M xx

Sara Christine said...

Oh how fantastic! I love imagining what went on in abandoned spaces...who was there, what they did. A friend in college shot a photo essay on abandoned churches in Mexico. Gorgeous and haunting. Love this!

a little bird said...

so mysterious, all the nooks and crannies. my mum calls this style "bombed out france." - but I like it : )

Robin said...

Well, thanks to your link I will never get anything done again. Ever. It is totally addictive house porn. Click on Lofts. Or Gardens. Or Living Rooms. I wish I was a film director and had a script that needed filming, just so I could go on location scouting tours and live vicariously.

naphtali said...

found you on SimplyGrove's site. Love this post! I too am attracted to abandoned sites...and all the unique history that is just a "peek" away. Lovely photos!

Hooked on Houses said...

After reading this post and checking out that website (Location Works), I've decided I missed my calling--I should've been a location scout. How fun would that be? :-)

Love these photos--they're hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for pointing us to the website! -Julia

Fog and Thistle said...

Oh the stories these pictures tell! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the link.

Wendy said...

I totally know what you mean! I feel the same way. I love thinking about the history of the place. I sometimes watch that show "If Walls Could Talk" on HGTV and am amazed at some of the things people find that were left behind.

Fifi Flowers said...

Years ago I used to go to "underground" nightclubs in abandoned buildings... some were cool... some were scary and I prayed for no earthquakes!

A Print A Day said...

i meant to comment earlier, but i got distracted.

i wanted to say that this is beautiful. i sometimes get tired of seeing super pristine, modern ikea-like things all the time, and it's refreshing to see something old and rotting and destroyed. and i have a special place in my heart for those things.

when i was in college, we broke into this old abandoned flour mill in downtown, and it was supposedly going to be torn down for something else, like some new hotel or whatever. and when we went inside, despite the litter rotting carcasses of pigeons and bird waste, it was gorgeous--everything from the decaying, moldy walls to the rusty fixtures to the wooden lifts. absolutely stunning. and it breaks my heart whenever something like this is torn down instead of preserved. it really does. so it's really nice when someone who has a great eye such as yourself posts about old things.

oh, and that old mill had a HUGE hole in the 2nd floor which i almost fell in because i wasn't looking!

anyway, "old" is my new "new" :)

sorry for the long comment :P

Victoria said...

Great images! I am always wanting to explore places like these!

paisleystclaire said...

These would be fabulous for a fashion shoot.

Esti said...

Impresively beautiful sites. I'd love to see them in person.
:)

JLC Studio said...

Oh my!!! I'm so right there with you...I'm constantly finding sites like this on the web and get lost for hours looking at the photos! There is something so hauntingly beautiful about an abandoned place...especially if it still has remnants of it's past life hanging around. I've been contemplating doing a Friday Flickr Find on abandoned interiors and this makes me want to do it even more!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

karina said...

I would love a party there!

Fiore fresco said...

So, so gorgeous. What a find! Can't wait to check out more on their site.

Fiore fresco said...

I'm back already. I just checked out location works. I'm sorry to report that I won't be reading your blog anymore, or any others. I just don't think I have the time since I will be spending ALL of my time looking at their site. SO addicting. Try "libraries", "wine cellar", "garden"...ooh! I'm off to try "butler's pantry".

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