The Lost Project

As a young fotographer from the Bronx, I was surrounded by the 1970’s version of my neighborhood in its state of burning and abandonment. I recall exploring an old tenement building that ended when I had to return home and call the police to report a human femur on the second floor of the building. My fascination with abandoned structures and loss had begun.

When I began to contemplate abandonment and loss, the two that stood out to me the most were the loss of freedom and the loss of mental health.  I immediately began to think of the things and people left behind in these situations and began researching abandoned properties. I was fortunate enough to find two locations that were accessible to me for the project; The first, Letchworth Village, an abandoned children's mental institution in Haverstraw, New York, and the second, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

These fotos represent a series of visits to the properties and were fotographed with an Olympus Pen F (Digital) and an Olympus OM 10 (Film) Cameras.

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