Abandoned Washington, D.C.: Evanescent Chronicles

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Photographs of empty spaces provide us with an alternative view of the world without us. The images of empty spaces that were once lively capture a departure from our norms and instead project alternative realities emptied of our presence. In Washington, D.C., a province rich with our nation’s history, anything abandoned is either hastily torn down, tagged, or senselessly vandalized. Still, some forlorn structures remain and hold timeless beauty, or better yet, have a second chance at life along with the preservation of history. The author’s collection of abandonments, forgotten or repurposed, includes several historic schools, a famous psychiatric hospital, a veterans' home, some industrial sites, and a few artful public statements about our society. Additionally, she includes the surreal deserted representation of Washington, D.C., in the time of COVID-19. With streets devoid of its usual grid-locked traffic and pedestrians, haunting images of familiar places become unfamiliar. Like a collection of abandoned photos, Washington D.C.'s surroundings, only recently integral to daily habits, now seem fragile and tenuous. Washington, D.C.'s deserted public spaces expose the new and sudden solitary human condition amplified beyond the silence of the environment.
ISBN: 9781634992879
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: District of Columbia
Series: America Through Time
Images: 141
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
CINDY VASKO was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and resides in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. For fifteen years, Cindy was the publications manager for a large construction law firm in Northern Virginia, and concurrently, interviewed musicians, wrote articles, and photographed concerts for a music magazine for four years. While Cindy enjoys partaking in all photography genres and is a multi-faceted photographer, she has a passion for abandoned site photography. Cindy is an award-winning photographer with works featured in many gallery exhibitions, including galleries in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France.
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