Insanectuary started in 2004 from a series of photograph collections of various abandoned state hospitals in Massachusetts I've taken over the years. Their beauty, size and history fascinated me to the point where it needed to be illuminated to an audience. I couldn’t fully understand why or how these architectural marvels with such a rich American history were left to decay. This important history was being erased right in front of my eyes and I wanted to document as much as I could before it was a memory. I believe it's imperative to document these buildings, and keep their history alive. Unfortunately the struggle to preserve and save these buildings are not easy and are are still being fought today.
I also think there is something eerie, yet beautiful about decay. These structures were intended to keep nature out, but now it has creeped in and taken over. The scenes inside and out of these structures have become something beautiful, unworldly and satiating to me. It's the death of humankind’s artistic imagination, with nature's willingness for life that intrigues me. Each place I visit has a different history, energy, personality and beauty to it. Not one is similar to another.
This site is not only indented for historical value, but also my own growth as a photographer. My goal is to capture the History and Energy of each place with my photos and share them with you.
-Hope you enjoy!
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