This site is not only indented for historical value, but also my own growth as a photographer.
Insanectuary.com started in 2005 from a series of photograph collections of various abandoned state hospitals 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 were left to decay. they have such a rich and important history that isn’t being told. Thus, I believe it's imperative to document these buildings, and keep their history alive.
I also think there is something eerie, yet beautiful about decay. These structures were intended to keep nature out, but once it creeps in and takes over; it becomes something unworldly. You have the death of humankind’s artistic imagination, and nature's willingness for life working together to create something beautiful. Each place is different, and I try to capture the personality of these structures. this will give you the sense of the sheer grandeur of what i experienced and what the site started out as.
Over the years the site has expanded from abandoned mental hospitals to state schools, random buildings and facilities as well. Each place has a story to tell and the intent of this web site is to bring awareness to these places that are now memories.
*Some locations names have been changed to keep their integrity*