In looking at what people were reading on my blog, it's nice to see that posts dating back to 2011 and 2012 are somehow still being found and clicked on. With both my photo essays and my word essays, I try to capture a place in time, but convey a certain timelessness and universality to the thoughts and themes.
The two most popular posts on this site for the year 2014 were actually from 2013, but as relevant as ever:
Photo Essay: Rancho Los Amigos, Abandoned County Poor Farm, Downey (Exterior)
Photo Essay: George Air Force Base, Abandoned & Consumed
Among those essays that were posted this year, here are the most read ones, in descending order of popularity:
Photo Essay: The Rock Art of Dunsmore Park, Former Home of Mt. Lukens Sanitarium
Photo Essay: Lanterman Developmental Center, Pomona, Haunted & Closing
Photo Essay: Verdugo Hills Cemetery - Deteriorated, Vandalized, and Washed Away
Photo Essay: 100 Years of Trona
Photo Essay: Boeing Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Lab, Declassified & Decontaminating
Photo Essay: Lincoln Heights Jail, Closed to Public
Photo Essay: (Mostly) Abandoned Hawthorne Plaza Mall & Parking, Exterior
Photo Essay: The Path of Destruction of the St. Francis Dam Flood, 86 Years Later
I'm sensing a trend here. Although I post a lot about hiking, architecture, trains, planes, Halloween and Christmas – as well about my childhood and existential crisis – it seems that the rest of the world shares my fascination with the beautiful decay, the pornography of ruin, the delicious abandonment of urban exploration (and exploration of places not so urban). These vacant, often haunted places may scare off the mildly curious who don't dare explore them, but their stories and their varying stages of decrepitude attract a certain cult following, and photos of them create a certain vicarious thrill.
I'm grateful for the few people I've found to join me on adventures in real life, and for all the people out there who join me vicariously. I share my life with you all, through my lens. It's not always pretty. It's often speckled and dirty. But it's ours. It's nice to know that someone wants to be a part of these experiences.
Obsessive Collector of Experiences
Photo Essay: Top Posts of 2013
Photo Essay: Top Posts of 2012