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Embroiled in battles over who will pay for its resurrection or final burial, what was once a favorite summer spot is now merely a collection of rotting cottages on prime beachfront property, housing family mementos and a canvas for vandals to get their kicks.

Pleasure Beach was a peninsula resort in Bridgeport, CT for the better part of the 20th century, offering an amusement park, theater and ballroom, and the adjoining coastal community Long Beach West soaked it all in.

However, a torched wooden bridge in 1996 cut off viable access to the mainland, stranding many families and slowly killing fun in the sun this hamlet once enjoyed.

Award-winning photographer Chris Wachtelhausen catalogs what's become of Pleasure Beach and Long Beach West, offering the reader a glimpse of what remains of more than a quarter of the undeveloped beachfront property in the affluent state of Connecticut.

In a truly unique photographic journey of urban decay meeting the privileged life of beachfront property, Wachtelhausen offers views of memories of Pleasure Beach as it was and sadly is, but what appears to no longer be.

The images are disturbing and intrusive, captured as it stands without any manipulation on the author's part. This is simply a photographic story of a decaying
coastline on display with the hope it never happens again.


About the Author

Chris M. Wachtelhausen
cwachtel Milford, CT
Award-winning and internationally recognized photographer, Chris Wachtelhausen has traveled extensively, capturing unique and awe-inspiring photographs. He primarily shoots landscapes, architecture and cityscapes, and has expanded his focus to include a variety of different subjects under low-light and night time conditions. Urban decay being one of those subjects. As can be seen throughout his galleries, a constant theme to Chris' work includes landscapes with dramatic cloud formations as well as capturing motion by either freezing or blurring the action. Often he will blend the cloud and motion themes together to give viewers the impression of actually being there. Chris was a finalist in the Outdoor Photographer Nature's Colors Contest and won a Bronze Award in the 2009 International Aperture Awards. Earlier in the year, he was a finalist in the 2009 Photographers Forum's Spring Contest and was published in the book Best of Photography 2009.

Publish Date  January 10, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  120 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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Comments (4)


redtreeme says

Beautiful composition- great subject choice. :-)

posted at 02:26pm Aug 18 PST


artlook says

Very interesting, well designed book. Congratulations.

posted at 07:16pm Jan 23 PST


cwachtel says

Thanks, it was quite a project! I could shoot the place for days on end with all that's (sadly) there, but there's only so much time!

posted at 07:13pm Jan 10 PST


michaelfli says

Very interesting project Chris! What a place. It is difficult to comprehand such a mass abandonment. A photographic treasure trove!

posted at 05:04pm Jan 10 PST

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