Abandoned Southern Virginia: Reckless Surrender

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Have a glimpse of the ruined and the doomed. Visiting abandonments is seductive and boosts the adrenaline for the urban explorer. A new form of art emerges from the forces of nature once structures shutter. Mother Nature claims its prey and wraps an abandoned site with vines and commands the acceleration of rust. From the once-mighty regional industrial giant, Dan River Mills, to a haven secreting the amusement park cast-offs of twenty-foot-tall concrete busts of presidents, to St. Alban’s Sanatorium perched on its mountaintop like a looming sentry, see the forgotten—often hiding in plain sight. Other forsaken Southern Virginia chapters include schools, churches, an isle merging Southern Virginia’s earliest history with natural beauty, industrial cast-offs, vintage trucks, opulent manors, quaint general stores, old-time diners, and several homes. Even though these sites are shuttered, they are not forgotten with this photographic record for posterity. Embrace the essences of once loved and revered places before nature mandates its final claim or the wrecking ball forwards the last kiss.
ISBN: 9781634993678
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Virginia
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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