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I Am Still With You
23rd June 2016 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Freed of the constricting confines of the here and now, I am everlasting.


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Pennhurst Night Photography Workshop
22nd June 2016 - 0 comments
Get amazing night photographs of the Pennhurst State School and Hospital with Abandoned America!


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Seph Lawless: A Real American Horror Story
01st June 2016 - 5 comments
In: Blog, News
It's been a while since I wrote about the dishonest antics of Seph Lawless, internet misinformation peddler extraordinaire. A lot has happened: threats to me, my publisher, places I speak at, and so much other online harassment it merits a whole article.


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Abandoned America: Photoshop Layering and RAW Class
24th May 2016 - 0 comments
Sometimes it's hard to get into how to edit photos during an on-site workshop. If you'd like to find out about RAW processing, bracketing, and layering in Photoshop, come join me in Philly for a fun night of photo processing, a Q&A, and light refreshments.


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Leap of Faith Workshop 3: 2016 Edition
21st May 2016 - 1 comment
The 2016 Abandoned America Leap of Faith workshop is finally announced!


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Smaller and Smaller Every Day
13th March 2016 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Here you saw reflected through the thick plexiglass their reaction to the animal you had become, herded to and from your cell with batons and rifles, the omnipresent threat of solitary, of other things too horrible for them to contemplate.


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The Formula of Fear
09th March 2016 - 2 comments
In: Blog
I believe in monsters, but the empty buildings I visit are probably where I am least likely to find them.


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Nothing Ever Dies
03rd March 2016 - 3 comments
In: Blog
It's easy to only focus on the sadness inherent in an old derelict building like Taunton, but there's so much more to what it has to tell us.


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very odd indeed | Abandoned America
01st March 2016 - 4 comments
In: Blog
I may not be terribly afraid of death. I may even wish for it at times. I am, however, afraid of being paralyzed, of falling onto a rotted shard of floorboard and laying impaled and broken for hours, with no real help available.


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Sale on Signed Copies of My Book, "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences"!
15th November 2015 - 1 comment
In: News, Blog
I'm running a promotion: buy a signed copy of my book through my website and you'll get a free 5x7, or some other Abandoned America goodies of equal or greater value!


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Debunking "The Trolley Tragedy of 1957"
18th October 2015 - 8 comments
In: Blog
What happens when news stories about abandoned sites are published without fact checking? A bizarro tale of Seph Lawless, fraud, and a journalistic train wreck. By Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America


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The Eye of the Hurricane
09th October 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
I don't see how it is possible not to connect the dots with these places. To me, they are the eye of a hurricane, the effects of a society spinning so quickly that its own mass and weight are pulling it apart.


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No Hope for a Cure
25th August 2015 - 1 comment
In: Blog
Perhaps the sadness of finding children's toys in abandoned locations mirrors our worst failure, our inability to protect them from how brutal reality can be.


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To Manage the Darkness
03rd August 2015 - 1 comment
In: Blog
Not all aspects of fear are bad, which is why in managed doses we seek it out.


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No Matter How Far
02nd July 2015 - 6 comments
In: Blog
The focus wasn't just right, I made some other stupid mistake in the settings, the angle could have been better. I should have tried more, and worked harder.


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In the Interest of Honesty
23rd June 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
It's never just been about the history or preservation of these places, it's more about trying to figure out how to survive myself.


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On Researching and Historical Accuracy
19th June 2015 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Even the best efforts to research a site sometimes present inaccurate results - how does one deal with human error in historical writing?


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Way to Go, Philadelphia! We Destroyed the Boyd!
09th May 2015 - 3 comments
In: Blog
A congratulatory letter to the City of Philadelphia on the demolition of its last movie palace, the Boyd Theater


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toward the oblivion of eternity
08th February 2015 - 0 comments
In: Blog
Our reaction to ruins bears a strong tie to our processing of loss and grief, and how we turn to memories to cope with them.


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On Planned/Unplanned Obsolescence
27th January 2015 - 2 comments
In: Blog
From the moment you create something, it marches towards becoming obsolete, with or without your help.


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