I wandered into my first abandoned building on a whim in 2012 and proceeded to spend the next three years photographing the lost and lonely corners of New York City. Somewhere along the way I created AbandonedNYC.com as a home for my photo essays, pairing haunting images of abandoned interiors with written accounts of their history. In 2015, the work culminated in the release of my first photo book.
The project has taken me across the five boroughs and beyond to capture New York City’s forgotten places—relics of a once-mighty industrial waterfront, crumbling institutions for the poor and mentally ill, decommissioned military defenses, derelict railroads, schools, and cemeteries. These photographs serve to document a seldom seen and rapidly disappearing New York City landscape. Many of the buildings I've photographed have already been demolished, or renovated into hotels, artist’s studios, and luxury condominiums.
Are these wild, mysterious corners of the urban landscape that fuel the imagination and excite the senses? Eyesores and wastes of space that ought to be torn down and replaced with something useful? No matter the outcome, these structures offer an opportunity to reflect on the city’s past, and an invitation to envision its future.