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In January of 2023 I posted a short one minute video with footage of “9 Incredible Discoveries in Abandoned Places.
It was meant as a simple YouTube Short, Instagram/Facebook Reel and TikTiok video.
The editors at Petapixel saw the video and asked if I would be interested in doing a small piece with them on the subject for their site.
I gladly agreed, answered all of their questions and sent over a batch of photos.
You can see that article here:
I had written a lot of detail that didn’t make it into the final article and I thought that would make for a great blog post here on my own site
In addition to these abandoned locations that will be spoken about soon, there are countless other abandoned spots in this world. Whether they still exist or not, they are always a part of people’s memories that are hard to let go of.
If you have such a place in your heart, why don’t you use an ingenious method to preserve them? For example, you can take a picture of this place and customise it into a pins, believe me, it will be a meaningful thing.
What are you waiting for, come to customise one in CustomPins.ca!
If you mean shocking as in “whoa that’s cool!” – Well I would tell you about the time I walked into a tiny abandoned house and found a classic Corvette Stingray INSIDE the house!
Perhaps you mean shocking as in “WTF?” – In that case I might show you the grenade that I found in the safe in an abandoned house. There was a note attached to the safe that read “Danger MK-1 Hand Gurnaid (sic) Bomb Inside. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.” – Bob Jr.”
From finding a bag full of money to finding several guns, ammunition, cremated human remains (twice..actually, three times if you count the funeral home), speaking of the funeral home, we can include used caskets, new caskets and a heartbreaking child’s casket. I have found crates of original pressing classic vinyl records, gold jewelry, diamonds, I once found human specimens inside an autopsy room in an abandoned hospital, this list goes on.
- A body decomp stain
- Another body decomp stain
- Two sets of World War 2 Medals along with Nazi souvenirs and other war relics
They had no idea it was there when they found it so their reaction was much different, pure shock and sadness – enough that they needed to pause and take a few moments to compose themselves.
For me, I knew it was there, I just didn’t know WHERE. Once I found the stain things changed, a heavy sadness came over me, the kind of feeling like “should I be doing this?”.
But I knew what I was in for and I also know my subject matter – it’s dark, it’s uncomfortable, it borders on unethical and I know this.
I made a choice to photograph the sad, the abandoned, the forgotten – and sometimes that means photographing some very uncomfortable subjects
My final answer to your question would have to be the time I discovered war medals and war/nazi souvenirs in a very abandoned and decaying house.
Petapixel actually covered this story in 2020 in a piece I submitted titled I Found Forgotten WWII Medals and Nazi Items in an Abandoned House.
I served in the Canadian Armed Forces for three years, my Grandfather was a veteran of the second world war and I have his medals on my dresser.
I know to some, they would consider the body stains, the guns, the money or the “gurnaid” to be the most shocking, however on a personal level – this one hit me hard.
I had no idea that these medals were there and they had not been found by the others who had photographed this house before me.
They were in two boxes, on a top shelf on top of a stack of books, they looked just like the box that my grandfather kept his war mementos – so naturally my eyes were drawn to them and I wanted to see what was in these boxes.
The sight of these medals and items with swastikas on them literally took my breath away, I had to sit down, pause and really be in this moment, these were things that I never imagined someone would have left behind.