I’m obsessed with abandoned structures. The churches with the tilted steeples and crumbling walls when you drive out in the country. The forgotten pilings hulking in the water's edge, ships long unmoored. Cars parked in deserts to rust and mildew for decades. Where did all the people go?
Ghostly Ruins: America’s Forgetten Architecture by Harry Skrdla reminds me that I’m not alone in my wondering. From a ship graveyard in Staten Island to the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts, Skrdla takes a haunting and beautiful photographic chronicle of the forgotten structures in America. He also asks why, in our constant quest for innovation and technology, we are so quick to throw these beautiful creations away.