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Ed Mack


Hi Tom,

I am an editor at The History Press, a publisher of local and regional history. I'm extremely interested in working with you on bringing your images together as a book and telling the story behind these abandoned and lost places.

The History Press is focused exclusively on publishing projects of local and regional history, and we believe that we provide a vital community service. We handle all stages of the publishing process—from financing, editorial, design, and production to sales, marketing, and distribution—and compensate in the form of royalties.

I look forward to hearing for you. Thank you,

Ed Mack

Jennifer Venter


Good Morning Mr Motts. My Husband and I are coming to New York again in April 2016 and stumbled across this website whilst doing our next research. I am a photographer with my own company in Cape Town (South Africa) and loved your images. You have truly captured the soul of the places you have visited - for this well done !! Taking pictures is easy but capturing a personality, a life, a history of something takes a lot of skill and thought. All the best, Jennifer of Fleetingtime Photography


Hi Tom - I'm a photo researcher working with St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Publishers NYC/NY. I would like to include your images from your NORTH BROTHER ISLAND in my research for consideration as book jacket art.
Tom - would love the opportunity to discuss w you the specifics and answer any questions you have about the licensing and fees. Can you PM me please here? thank you! Laura



Tom, how can I connect with you via email? I am a producer and would love to discuss an opportunity with you. Thanks!



For one- love your website and especially your photos. I have been compiling photographs of old church ruins and various other abandoned locations in my home state, and at the moment I'm expanding and adding locations on my map. I'm wondering if it would be possible to obtain some of the coordinates for many of the locations that you have visited? Thanks! You're also more than welcome to check out my instagram page to see some of the photos that I have taken. :)


I love the site Mr. Motts and I have followed it for years. It really passes time at work.



A good work and photos :) I love forgotten places too. I wish you more cool trips.

Nicolas Levasseur


Hey Motts,

I have been a fan of your work and have followed it for years. You continue to amaze with the incredible locations you have been able to access and document for others to see! In the last few months a team of us went into production to film a 9 minute short film inside an abandoned mental hospital, one which you have been to. We launched the film online today and wanted to tell you that the second shot of the film is our attempt to honor your work, as it is inspired by one of your photos that has always been so iconic to me. Because of your influence on us and the culture of exploring these places we wanted to take your photo, as well as your greater idea of exploration, and bring it into the cinematic world we live in now. Hope you can check out our film at our website and notice your influence. Thank you for all of your work!!

- Project Senium


Love the site!! I'm inspired, entertained, fascinated.. on and on.



You've created my favourite place to relax and just wonder at the motivations of mankind. Am so appreciative - thanks!



Wow..all I can say is! I've been addicted to this site since I found it about a month ago, and I am just stunned by your talent, Mr. Motts! I myself am a "wannabe" I get to live vicariously through the photos here! I would give anything to be able to explore like this!

Mary B.


This is a fabulous site. I could look at these photos for hours! You've done a great job and the photos are just amazing and each one evokes different feelings depending on the subject. Thanks so much for sharing them here.

Paula Naujalis


I've been enjoying your photographs for several days now and must say that they are brilliant! What a great eye you have for beauty! But I have also come to the conclusion that you are either very, very brave or half crazy, what with the risks you take. And not just getting caught trespassing, but with the rotten floors and all that detritus.

Thanks for sharing your photos with the rest of us. Be safe!

Ramona Ann


What a great site. I love to explore old buildings and find out their history.



I am very impressed with you pictures.! I enjoy looking at them and learning the history behind these buildings.!!


I am really impressed by the photos and the way you are showing them on your website. You catch perfectly the "ghosts" every place seems to have. On the one hand, the images are able to show a realistic impression of the place, it's history and the things we are able to see. On the other hand, you create something mystical and mythical: We all have our own imaginations and happy or sad inspirations whenever we see an abandoned place.
It is adorable that you not simply present your pictures, but also mention the short facts concerning the places. This adds to the artistic topics some aspects of scientific precision: the interested viewer will have a chance to go on a real or virtual quest for the places you caught at a certain moment in time, will probably find additional sources and be able to deepen the dialogue with your artworks. I truly am impressed by your work. Thank you for letting us see and explore it!
Greetings from Germany:

Stacy C


You have an amazing talent and I adore looking through your photographs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art.



Tom, what a wonderful website you have here. Your artistry is phenomenal. Your use of light, subject matter, attention to detail and your subtle way in projecting some very dark aspects of our past and treatment of our most vulnerable citizens is unparalleled. You show a lot of respect to these buildings and their unfortunate inhabitants, please keep up the great work. I find these galleries so compelling and I find myself going to certain locations and specific pictures. I'm not sure how to get in touch with you but there is a great location for some exploration, there's an old naval base in RI where I believe there are numerous empty buildings, might be a great snapshot of post WWII military post.



I'm pretty new to your site and love looking at these images from your travels to these long forgotten places. Abandoned places interest me because I'm amazed by what gets left behind, what time and the elements do, the architecture (awesome!) and the stories.



Great site! Recently checked out a couple locations after seeing them here. Please check out Forest Haven in Laurel, MD. You would enjoy.