A place to savour the eerie wonder of the abandoned and empty spaces we people leave behind.

After many years of fascination with photography and video exploring the delights of abandonment and decay, I stumbled upon a word that describes the essence of the very thing that one finds so alluring in these eerie places:

Kenopsia
n. the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet—a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend, vacant fairgrounds—an emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.

(from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Thank you John Koenig).

This space is for sharing work that captures the essence of Kenopsia, and also the extraordinary beauty found amongst abandonment and decay as humans leave their spaces and nature gradually reclaims them.

If you would like to share something that might interest visitors to this space please get in touch.

A recent favourite

A vertical view of the Tiki Bar at the Penn Hills Resort. From Jonathan Haeber's Flickr series Poconos Resorts. Permission for use kindly granted using this creative commons license.

This photo draws one back to the smokey heady seventies when budding romances bloomed in the romantic resorts of the Pocanos Mountains region in the USA. The swirling texture of the carpeted walls set the senses reeling! You can almost hear the disco beats playing and the flares swishing by. The imposing view down in to this room could be like a view from a security camera, now just watching over the mould and the quiet. The resort closed in 2009 after falling out of fashion, into debt and disrepair took hold.

You can read about the Penn Hills Resort on Wikipedia.

Dan Bell features Penn Hills Resort in his Dead Motels series, he gives a very informative tour.

A 1978 advert for the resort can be found on YouTube.

Abandoned Tiki Bar © Johnathan Haeber. Permission for use kindly granted using this creative commons license