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the hymn of the unwanted

'the hymn of the unwanted': Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Philadelphia PA) | Abandoned America
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Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philadelphia PA. Photograph by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. 2010.
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autopsy theater
out of time
the way of the future
demolition by neglect
when the show finally started
the long road home
raison d'etre
nothing ever dies
a certain kind of emptiness
the way it all works out
that which is real within
beside you in time
the great and secret show
so cheap


Photo comment By Joyce Galante: Places like these have fascinated me since I was a child. I would stand among the ruins and try to imagine who passed through, what they were like and why people would let these beautiful structures die. My first experience was at a shipping company where they left boats behind. I couldn't imagine why. Looking at these photo's makes you realize you are here for just a moment.