I visit the forum frequently and it hasn't been working for the last few days. Is anyone else having this problem? I have been getting a depreciation message.


Love looking at photos of old abandoned properties around the world. Reading about the history of the place and seeing photos when they were in their prime I find very fascinating.
I know the time and effort it must be for you to keep a website like this going so thank you so much for sharing!!


You have got quite the eye. These are all amazing!! Keep going!

Ken c


Beautiful pictures and comments! Thank you for sharing all of these interesting pieces of history stuck in time. My friend and I venture around New England through out the year finding places like these. Dever State School imparticualr has been a favorable trip on quite a few excursions, although from what we last saw a couple months ago most all of the holdings are now leveled. I would love to be able to visit one of these places but I have no idea if that is something you condone. Either way thought it was worth a shot. Keep up the awesome work and safe travels! :)

leslie brown


wow very interesting photos !!



Dear Motts,

I don't know whether this is the right place to post this, so I'll just give it a try.

My name is Florian, and I live in Germany.

First of all, l'd like to say "Thank you" for all the pictures you post, all the insight you give and that by doing this, you let us take part in one of the things you love.

I've been a silent admirer of your work for about 5 years now, thankful for all the atmospheres your pictures create and the moods they put me in. I've read almost all comments as well, and due to especially the older ones, when Lynne was still a regular part of every discussion, I have learned a lot.

I understand that you had to make some changes regarding copyrights and reproduction, which in my opinion is completely legit. Unfortunately, many people live by the attitude "take what you can get" without giving credit (not only in respect of pictures but social values as well), so I support your decision.

However - before your hiatus and the remodeling of the site you offered the opportunity of buying printed versions of your pictures. Ist that still possible?
I'm going to completely remodel a room in my apartment and would very much like to enhance the new look with some of the incredible impressions.
Would it be possible to purchase some of your pictures either in printed form or in a digital quality that I can use to get them printed myself? If so, please tell me the price as well (the email- address above really works - despite the strange name) .

I hope you're doing well and again I'm sorry if this mail bothers you in any way (I can imagine that you get quite a lot of requests like this).

All the best,

Dalila L


I stumbled across your website by accident and I am absolutely in love with it and your work. You are doing what I have always dreamed of. I can't believe someone else has been intrigued with abandoned buildings as much as I have. Even as a little girl I always found them to be so interesting, mysterious and beautiful. I wish so much I could join you on this amazing journey. Maybe one day I will be given that opportunity until then I will live my dream through you.

Patty King


Hi. I have been going through your website little by little as I have been on extended leave from my job. I love your photos. I am very into exploring abandoned buildings as well, but have not been able to do the extensive travel that you have to explore faraway places. That certainly is my dream. So far the major abandoned place I have explored and photographed is Western State Hospital in Staunton VA. It is a 2 hour drive from my house. I have the same fascination with exploring abandoned places that are decaying and have "no trespassing" signs. I actually did get arrested for trespassing once, after coming around a corner in an abandoned building and facing 3 police with their guns drawn. So I am trying to learn more tricks of the trade so that THAT doesn't happen again! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos.



Hi Mr. Motts, I have been looking for an abandoned area such as a town or a building to take my senior photos in, and found your website. Do you know if the Western State Hospital or the De Jarnette Center in VA have been developed and/or are open to access (and if they are equally still as beautiful as they are in your pictures)?
Please let me know by email. Thank you so much.

Ethan Carey


Hi Tom, I work for WRKI, a classic rock radio station in western CT and wanted to know if I could get permission to use some of your photos of the Bennett School for Girls for one of my blogs. The blogs are posted on and on the I-95 FB page. Could you let me know by email. Thank you.



Hi - I've been following your sight for a few years as I'm a huge fan of your atmospheric photographs of abandoned places (particularly hospitals) I wanted to combine my love of painting with my love of old beautiful abandoned places and wondered if you would consider allowing me to use a few of your photos as inspiration? I'd happily pay a fee and give you credit if you would consider it? Thanks Karen :)



I would love to purchase some of your photos for my home. Your work is amazing! Do you sell your photos somewhere?

deborah doria


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.