Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Urban Ruins

Gothamist found some great photos of the boat graveyard on Staten Island on Opacity, a photography website about urban ruins that the artist has explored. The guy who runs the site lives in Brooklyn, so I presume a lot of the places he has explored are in and around New York City. Here's an excerpt about his fascination with urban ruins:

This is a lonesome alien world whose dark corners and peeling walls have gotten a hold of me and many others; this affinity for derelict structures and often dangerous excitement is the core essence of urban exploring....

The boat graveyard is but one of many cool and creepy places Opacity has been photographing since 2000, including abandoned state hospitals (click to enlarge the two pics below). Click here for main page. There are more than a 1,000 photos on this website, so you can click here to scroll through the photographer's faves.