the kingston lounge

iamacquiringthetaste  asked:

So I used to read The Kingston Lounge pretty religiously. When updates slowed I got super sad. One of my favorite posts was about Typhoid Mary. Then I found your tumblr and I am SO GLAD. I'm still totally loving your work. So, to make this a real question, what draws you to these structures? What makes you want to photograph and document them? Thanks so much for sharing and creating your work.

Oh, worry not - The Kingston Lounge will be back soon enough.  The problem was that I’m in Upstate NY to write a book, and my negatives were in a storage locker in North Carolina; I want the next piece I do to be on the Ellis Island Isolation Hospital, and it’s going to take a while to compile photographs and write a long essay.

As to what draws me to these structures - I’ve been going to them for well over half of my life, and they’re like second homes to me.  This summer will be the 20th anniversary of my first building, the Gorsline Building in Rochester, NY, when I was 14 years old.  I think it’s important to document these places because, like the Gorsline, most of them get knocked down at some point.  So it started as an attempt to take snapshots of places I cared about, that I could remember them by - but morphed into much more.  I love the aesthetics of decay; there’s beauty in the ruins.  And there’s something interesting about the fact that buildings - supposedly permanent edifices - become lifeless and disintegrate; just like everything in life, they’re ephemeral.

Plus, it’s a hell of a lot of fun tromping around these places!