About the Book
"interior wilderness" is a collection of photos from abandoned places. Locations include a former military base in San Francisco, a former psychiatric hospital in Connecticut, a world war II shipyard, an army stockade, a glass factory and more.
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"Abandoned buildings are a kind of wilderness turned inside-out. Exploring them inspires a sense of wonder and discovery, as if entering an unknown landscape. What you may find around the next corner is a mystery and few people will ever witness it.
The way nature encroaches into abandoned structures suggests a connection to wilderness as well. Usually the most beautiful sights in abandonments are the result of natural processes left to operate on man-made materials, machinery, surfaces, furniture.
Then there is the history of these locations, further fueling the imagination. I often think of who might have inhabited the spaces, what the structures might have looked like when they were new and how they formed a backdrop to people's lives. Abandonments are a reminder that nothing is static, that everything is constantly changing."
I'm an amateur photographer living across the bay from San Francisco in Emeryville, CA. The primary subject in my work is documenting abandoned places, from office buildings to military bases to factories. In exploring these places I feel a strong sense of wonderment and awe, as if discovering an archeological ruin or an unexplored wilderness. There is a powerful beauty in the corrosive, entropic forces of nature at work in man-made structures left to decay. But far from being a sign of death, it is a sign of the pervasiveness and persistence of life. My hope is that my photographs inspire these sensations and thoughts in the viewer.