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Bodie Abandoned America Night Photography workshop
12th April 2017 - 0 comments
We're excited to announce the next Abandoned America Photography workshop location: the ghost town of Bodie, California!

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Old Catskill Game Farm Photography Workshop
15th February 2017 - 19 comments
The newest workshop in the Abandoned America series takes place in an enormous, 200+ acre zoo that has been closed since 2006. What more could you want?

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Trolley Graveyard Photo Workshop and Tour
19th January 2017 - 12 comments
Situated on a little over two acres, there are dozens of trolleys and train cars from PA, MA, KS, and more in various states of decomposition to photograph including some very old specimens. Participants will also have access to an otherwise locked storage area with very well preserved relics including a car from 1912.

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Klotz Throwing Company Photo Workshop
17th January 2017 - 3 comments
Few places offer such a well-preserved window into the past as the Klotz Throwing Company in Lonaconing, MD. Back by popular demand, be sure not to miss this opportunity to visit this amazing and unique location before it's gone.

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Lansdowne Theater Workshop
01st December 2016 - 3 comments
The next Abandoned America Workshop has been announced - the stunning Lansdowne Theater near Philadelphia, PA!

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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 - 1 comment
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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Yellow Dog Village
21st May 2016 - 1 comment
Come join Abandoned America at the former Yellow Dog Village for a photography workshop!

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Smaller and Smaller Every Day
13th March 2016 - 1 comment
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 - 5 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 - 5 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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"Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" Now Available For Preorder!
01st March 2016 - 0 comments
In: News
The newest volume of the Abandoned America series by Matthew Christopher is now available on online booksellers for preorder!

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Pennhurst State School and Hospital Abandoned America Workshop
12th December 2015 - 14 comments
Abandoned America's newest photography workshop is taking place at a legendary location, Pennhurst State School and Hospital!

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"A Vanishing Countryside" Photography Workshop
10th December 2015 - 5 comments
Photograph abandoned barns, farm, and farmhouses in some of the most scenic locations rural Pennsylvania and New Jersey have to offer with Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America!

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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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