Photographs of the Forgotten — Tim Kirsch’s Museum of Abandoned Buildings

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Tim Kirsch is braver than us.

He lugs his DSLR and hefty tripod over fences, through pigeon poo, across teetering floorboards, and through the dark.

What’s this guy doing, you ask? He’s photographing the heart of the planet’s eeriest abandoned buildings. All in the name of art.

The results are stunning: a million shades of rust, ghostly-lit interiors, broken sinks, mirrors, typewriters, rotting pillows, a red barber’s chair that looks as new as the walls around it look old. Piles of tiles and wallpaper rot next to the room of broken wheelchairs. Birds nesting in a breaker room. Al Capone’s prison cell, just as he left it. (That’s it to the right.)

With so much new (and improved!) around us everyday, seeing the old and forgotten can really give one pause.

We’re inspired to bring our camera next time we’re rooting around that creepy cemetery on the hill. In fact, we’re searching out deserted buildings on our walk home.

Tim Kirsch’s Opacity, Museum of Abandoned Buildings.

p.s. Tomorrow’s the last day for the WeSay.com‘s election-related photo contest! All photos get on the homepage of their national website. Best photo wins $100 at Calumet Photo. Submit your entry on WeSay.com or email politicspics@wesay.com

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