As an underground culture, it is our creed, “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.” Stepping into an abandoned space is stepping into the historical present. All things fade away outside the tattered and peeling-paint walls, and boarded-up windows. It is a compelling enticement to be unapologetically present while seeing, feeling, walking on, and breathing that which belongs to previous generations. In a world of constant evolution, urban ruins serve as time capsules for exploration, discovery, study, and digital documentation. Slipping into the abandoned is the willing surrender of all things apart from that very present moment. A moment where, I too, become forgotten inside the industrial decay, left unbothered by the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This book displays a collection of the life, death, and rebirth of abandoned structures across California and beyond. These images and commentary serve to aid the discussion on art, history, sociology, and economics, as fundamental shapers of our deserted society.