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to James Payne: I am from woodmont ct . u killed my brother in 1979, i will never forget that June day, I pray for u, Hope u are getting along as u are, i see u are staying in a nice place there, while u are there please think about Jerry Miliano Thanks his Sister


I saw your great pics of the deteriorated Transfiguration Church in Buffalo. I grew up there and went to that church days a week. There are old photos of it in it's glory, especially the angels you photographed so beautifully that still remain, on the Transfiguration Grammar School page on Facebook, when that church was in it's glory. Thank you for taking the new photos!

Mr McClernan


Mount Sinai hospital is currently begin demolished (March 2016). The section(s) that were turned into apartments still stand and at least some are occupied. It is unclear whether those residents will be relocated and the rest demolished as well. I will repost when I know more about the fate of this property.

Jenni Crane


Hello Tom, I would like to use one of you photographs of the Namur Citadel. I am a TV researcher, we recently filmed at the Citadel and we would like to use your photo in a TV show. Please could you email me on Thanks!


My whole family worked and retired from SLPC. As a child, on my mother's days off, she would bring me down to the Letchworth building with her to have lunch with her coworkers. Letchworth was absolutely beautiful. The mint green paint on the wall with the tiled floors and huge wooden doors. I had the opportunity to meet Audrey Munson, the first ever nude model who unfortunately was a patient there for over 60 years. Google her name; she is the one who posed for famous landmarks in new York city



I found this site a few years ago and love the photos. I find the beauty in the shots and can see how it might have looked when before the decay took over. You have quite a talent to take crazy amazing shots and some cajones to go into places like that! (I would probably find the first rotted floorboard and fall to the next level... I'm just that uncoordinated).
Anyway I come here often to see if there is anything new posted and most of the time I am never disappointed.


Hey. I came upon your website looking for abandoned places for an Urban Decay project I was working on. I noticed that you have nothing on Lincoln Way, Clairton PA. It's a dead end street that had about 16 houses on it. The place is completely abandoned now. The first person left in 1972 and the last person left in 2006. People just got up and left, leaving clothes, cars, food, TVs, etc. Some think they left because of the fumes from the US steel, or gas leaks. Others think it was something more supernatural.



I kind of stumbled onto your sight. I am so glad that I did. I live in Alabama so seeing your pictures of Bryce Hospital were really cool. Me an my partner in crime are planning on going there in the upcoming weeks. We live in that area. We like doing that same thing you do going to places that we should not go. We never take or move anything just pictures. It is really cool. Thanks for sharing your work.......

Eugene Fischer


I recently ran across your website and find it fascinating. I lived in New Orleans for years and remember the Dixie Brewery. I do have a suggestion for the site, the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Also, the old Falstaff Brewery might be a possibility if it has not been redeveloped.



Hi Tom,

I remembered emailing you years ago and have always respected and enjoyed your work. I still live in Florida (gainesville area now) but will be in the Philly area from the 21st to the 25th and was wondering if you'd like to meet up and explore. I will have a rental a car and can drive up to Detroit if that's the area you'd prefer. Check out my Flickr account when you have a moment. I've been exploring for quite a long time and really enjoy meeting and showing other explorers around; let me know!

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Susan Watts


Tom or any mod, Please help me get back in to the forum. I have changed e mail addy's since I was here last but no matter what I do, I can't seem to register. If anyone can help (my username was Kitten7) please e mail me Thank you! I really miss this place!

Susan Watts


I love this site and used to be a member. Now, I cannot log in or re register. Someone please help!



Mr Motts, I wanted to ask if I can purchase a picture from you. It is from the NRL Satellite Facility (Spring Breeze) I work at a satellite facility on Offutt AFB and would like to use it as my desktop background. I know you used to make some pictures available as desktop's but I had never seen this one. Thanks, Ted (Nebraska)



Hello Mr. Motts, you may not remember me but I have followed your site now for several years. I just wanted to say you have done such a great job on this. I truly have enjoyed your images over the years. I look forward to more as time goes by :)


Glad to see you updating again, been following your website for years & can never get enough of your photos.


Motts, I have been a fan since at least 2005 and you continue to blow me away with every single album you upload. Never stop doing what you are meant to do! Thank you for bringing life back to these decayed ruins.

Donnie Picou


Tom, I would love to use one of your photograph's for a CD cover and would like to discuss with you if you are interested. Thenks, Donnie



Tom, I know I have asked you this question a few min. ago. But I think I posted it in the wrong place. So, I will ask you again. A few years ago You sent me some photo's of my sister's father's grave site at the hospital in New jersey. I think the headstone had some red on it not sure. I was going to enter them in my Family tree when my computer took a dive. His name was James McAvoy he was a patient there in Marlbaro (spelling) sorry I am not a good speller. you had a photo of his name from a list of the people who were buried there. My computer took a dive and I lost everything I had. My Family tree work everything is gone. I was wondering if you could send me the photo's again. I will pay you for them. Just let me know how much. Thank you for what you did before My sister broke down and cried over them when she saw them. my E-Mail address is or you can call me at 904-879-3907. I will be more then glad to tell you more of the reason behind the photo's then. Thanks again . Dave Demick brother to Mary McAvoy.



Mr. Motts. Have been following your site for about a year and LOVE your work. Was recently to the Outer Banks, and have noticed that you have no work from NC. There is lots of abandonment there as the Outer Banks slowly disappears, including a theme park. Since we were battling the effects of tropical storm Ida while we were there, I did not get the chance to photograph the park, but so badly wanted to! Would love to see the results of your excursion there should you choose to visit :-)