september 25th ~ 26th

Some of you may know Brooklyn based writer Alison Feldmann because of her inspiring/funny/kinda dark personal blog, TeenAngster… or maybe you recognize her name because she also happens to be the editor of a little blog called The Storque {yeah, that’s right… Etsy’s blog!}. Yep, she’s a very busy gal, which is why I’m so happy she could spend the weekend with us. When I invited her over, I couldn’t wait to see who she’d bring along… I knew it’d be a good one, and boy, was I right:

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I am jealous of Julia Solis.

Julia Solis basically has my dream job: she explores and photographs forgotten, paint-chipped mental hospitals, ancient tunnels beneath the city streets, and the detritus left behind after institutions fall into disrepair and become obsolete. Basically, abandonment city — cue my sincere and hand-wringingly strong lust to join her on these journeys. Julia gains access to the kinds of places I only stare at from a distance, wishing I had the cojones to actually climb over a barbed wire fence and risk stigmata to my delicate paws.

She’s done more incredible work than I could ever show in one blog post, but these photos of abandoned theaters — the series is aptly titled “Stages of Decay” — made me lose my breath. To imagine all of the dramatic enterprise that once took place in those gilded, velvet lined amphitheaters, now hanging in tatters. The ghosts of former performances hang around, I’m sure, reliving their glory days.

For more of Julia’s work check out her website, Dark Passage, for a full portfolio of her travels. Her daily blog, Dark Passage Travelogue, explores the artistic artifacts found beneath the crumbling walls she scales. If you’re in New York, she frequently holds talks and sometimes accompanies the public on tours beneath the streets — but I may just be making this up. She’s rad.

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And so are you Alison! Thanks for coming by : )






comments (4)

  1. Tricia /// 09.25.2010 /// 2:44pm

    Wow! I am absolutely riveted to this website. I have been checking the various pages all day. The Hospital Hopscotch is really creeping me out.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. holly /// 09.26.2010 /// 6:43am

    there is a quiet beauty in these scenes.

  3. rebecca /// 10.13.2010 /// 11:30pm

    woah, this is awesome. talk about history!!!

  4. tracy /// 02.28.2011 /// 2:08pm

    Beautiful pieces. Love your site. I am jealous too.