Cheri asks some important questions about what we consider important in our communities.
What do we want to preserve? What work from our predecessors should we invest more time and money in today? What value should our past bring us today.
It’s been said that Urban Exploration Photography is ultimately about photographing failure. Specifically, what we are capturing when we point our lens at a building in a state of abandonment and ruin is the inability of both individual owners and whole communities to maintain enough prosperity to support business, industry or redevelopment. So what can be said when engaging in urban exploration exposes that you can’t even escape potential abandonment (and taxes) in death?
Because of that question, I consider this to be the strangest and most disturbing place that I’ve photographed to date.
This dilapidated mausoleum/chapel has notices taped to the front window that contain words such as “Tax Claim Bureau” and “Judicial Sale”, plus a figure in excess of $4,000. The papers were all signed and dated during the summer of 2005, when they were evidentialy placed where they have remained since that date. There are people interred…
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