Today I found heaven. The web site is Opacity.US and it's built and maintained by Tom Kirsch, a 27-year-old photographer and web designer.
The site features over 7 years of photos taken by Kirsch of run down, abandoned buildings where nature is coming back in to lay claim. A place where you can imagine the tortured screams of asylumites and the hollow reverberations of an ancient organ.
Oooooooh I just gave myself shivers.
And if my review doesn't get you, Kirsch's explanation of his photographic subjects will:
Once a building no longer serves its purpose, and all of its functionality ceases to exist, it becomes truly fascinating. Each room is transforming into something new at its own rate, yielding to the forces of nature as it reclaims man's creation.Check out Opacity.US
The corrosion and decay paint vibrant colors across otherwise dull surfaces, lit only by natural sunlight spilling into the spaces at unaccustomed angles. Each object left behind becomes more significant than it has ever been, hinting at the life prior to its disuse. Floors collapse and walls cave in without care; if you get hurt, no one is here to help you.
This is a lonesome alien world whose dark corners and peeling walls have gotten a hold of me and many others; this affinity for derelict structures and often dangerous excitement is the core essence of urban exploring, in my opinion.