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Abandoned Church 7 by dementeddiva23 Abandoned Church 7 by dementeddiva23
Shots from a recent visit to an abandoned church in amelia, va
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Cleansefoldmanipul8 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
!!! This looks great! I've yet to find an abandoned church in my area.
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dementeddiva23 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There are 2 that I know of around me. This particular one I have known about for 6 years. They are not very easy to find. The other church I have pictures of, but they are by no means DA worthy. haha.
I have been hoping to go to a really massive place, a prison, hospital, school, but there are none out this way. I was thinking of taking a road trip to Waverly Hills one of these days. Or even Eastern state. Your pictures from there are awesome! But that is it the distant future.
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Cleansefoldmanipul8 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Eastern State was almost overwhelming, my partner and I definitely felt something in the air there; you'll love it. Henryton Hospital is incredible but VERY forbidden, as police are on constant patrol there but if one ever makes it in and out without being caught, the photo opportunities are seemingly endless. The vibe there is creepy and melancholic, even more overwhelming than Eastern State. Check out the history of that place, it's very interesting.
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dementeddiva23 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that is so neat! I'm not too familiar with Eastern state, is it open to the public for tours, or is it completely abandoned and you have to sneak in?
I didn't realize Henryton was so watched. I had just kinda figured no one (law enforcement) bothered with it anymore. That sucks to know. I don't want to drive 3 hours for nothing lol. I have heard it is an amazing place to photograph. I wish you could just sign a waiver and have free photographic reign of the abandoned places. What state do you live in? I have spent hours at a time researching abandoned places in Maryland and further north as there seems to be nothing in VA. So I may know of some places you might be interested in.
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Cleansefoldmanipul8 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eastern State IS open to the public daily for a nominal fee of $12.00. What's so great about it is that, after it was decided that it be reopened to tourists, the cosmetics of the interior would be left alone; no touch-ups, nothing. If you are able to, DEFINITELY go there.
As far as signing a waiver or obtaining a permit of sorts, I completely agree. My partner and I were just discussing this not very long ago. It would make things all the more easy for people who have an appreciation for this sort of thing. Although, it would take the thrill of possibly getting busted away, which is always a rush when you make it out safely without being accosted...
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dementeddiva23 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that is so cool! I just may have to do that one of these days. It's a 5 hour trip for me to get there, but I think it would be totally worth it. Pay $12 and not have to worry about getting caught by the police and be able to take some awesome pictures?! Hell yeah, sign me up! haha. Just have to find a cheap hotel around the area. And that's great they left it as is. Makes for much better shots. So I know they don't just give you free reign of the prison, so I'm assuming they go in groups. Do you have a good chance to set up a shot and all of that?
Yes, I wish you could. and I'm sure there may be some property owners out there who would be willing to do that. There is an abandoned house on a corner lot not far from me that is for sale. I have often thought of calling the phone number and asking if they would allow me to take pictures in the house and offer to sign a waiver etc. I will get up the nerves to one of these days. Yes, it is always a bit of a rush when you escape unscathed and without incident. I will never forget being in one of the houses and hearing police sirens and seeing lights and I couldn't tell where it was coming from and was freaking out b/c I thought we had been busted. lol. I thought I had just run a marathon the way my heart was racing.
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Cleansefoldmanipul8 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's VERY cool and it would be well worth a day trip there. You are allowed free reign of the place; a few cells/sections are blocked off but for the most part, you roam freely :) My partner and I were inside many a cell there.
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dementeddiva23 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: Really?! Definitely worth it then. I am very envious of you now. I HAVE to go now. =p I was telling my brother about how we need to make a road trip to PA. Go to Eastern State and possibly Centralia depending on how much time and money we have. Have you ever been to Centralia? But it would be neat to just tour all of the abandoned places out there. Or just photogenic places. I suppose not EVERYTHING has to be abandoned. My ultimate dream exploration is Chernobyl. But with the radiation levels being so high even after 26 years, I doubt that will ever happen. Not to mention the fact it's all the way in the Ukraine. But I can dream! (Apologies for rambling)
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