Like many photographers I am drawn to empty places, used places, abandoned places, forgotten space. I am not sure what it is that attracts me to it, but I can’t drive by an abandoned store or house without taking a long look at it. Most times I keep driving and always wonder what surprises I just passed. Sometimes I turn around, other times I brake to a stop in the middle of the road. I have been in empty mills, steel mills, textile mills, empty homes, small and big stores, hotels, motels, factories. Often these places are in rougher areas of towns and I have to take that into consideration. I’ve often seen signs of people using these spaces as a place to sleep or do drugs, but I have never ran into anyone while exploring. I like the industrial spaces the most, especially if the equipment is still there. I always try to picture the factory running at full speed, employees running around and machines humming. I wonder what happened, why is it empty, how many people lost their jobs. I try to think of the excitement of when the smelter or the tool benches or the weavers were first installed or fired up. In homes, I picture family dinners and holidays. With the economy the way it is these days, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for places here in Charlotte that I can photograph and tie into current affairs. An empty auto lot, a floor of empty cubicles, homes with foreclosure signs. I have found an auto lot and the empty floors in the high rises, well, I need some help for those.
The following photos were taken last summer on my way to the beach in the town of Florence SC. I drove past this hotel, and then just had to turn around, there was no fence ( often a barrier that I rarely cross ) and it was certainly abandoned. This is what I saw.