Abandoned Spaces: Paper Mill

Posted by Scott

I love the idea of abandoned buildings. It’s always so intriguing to think about how something that took so much time and effort to create ended up left behind and in disrepair. I once found a house on a Sea Cliff in Northern California that was just empty, no one there doors open, furniture gone. It had this beautiful view and was probably sitting on a very valuable piece of land but from the looks of things no one had been there in about 20 years. Sort of creepy but amazing at the same time. When I lived in Sacramento I was able to find my way into the old locomotive works where they designed trains. I brought my Lomo, when I get around to scanning those slides in I will post them.

For the time being here are some interesting shots from an abandoned Paper Mill in the UK via maraid complete with awesome 80’s-era industrial computers and corporate art. Click any of the pics above to see more. There’s also a Flickr Pool dedicated to abandoned places.

We also have a lot of similar stuff going on here in San Francisco. The Hunters Point Naval Yard yields some of the most interesting results: here and here.

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Christian Richer (Element Kuuda) says:

April 11, 2008 at 5:24 am

Yes!! These look awesome! I love that poster on the wall, that corporate art is very interesting now for some reason. I might be wrong, but it was probably really ordinary at the time and now it has aged very well. I like these old style computers too.

I would definitly love to see these Lomo shots of yours!!


These Russian places look awesome as well!! I love these long coridors with the ice and these electrical wires. Like the pictures above, I kind of wish they where more stylised (the colors and contrast and all). It would definitly be nice to shoot these places with a plastic camera.


yaronimus says:

April 11, 2008 at 6:50 am

i really enjoyed these photos.
sleevelessness – i loved those photos of the russian facility also, which were scaringly fascinating. thanks!


vijay says:

April 11, 2008 at 7:35 am

— ” It’s always so intriguing to think about how something that took so much time and effort to create ended up left behind and in disrepair.” —

exactly!. Plus, I simply love the sense of ‘serene and calm’ when I’m in the midst of such ruins.


adrie mooi says:

April 12, 2008 at 7:28 am

Nice stuff. I’ve been doing allot of abandoned/decay photography since I got my dslr. Perhaps you would be interested in my my flickr page Anyway, quick question. Where did you get the music player? That’s in the blog posts. I’ve seen it on different places and I really like it’s no nonsense style.


Juan Felipe Rubio says:

April 13, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Hello Scott.
Well I guess You and I share a fascination for this sort of places. Recently I found this site and there’s a Category named “7 wonders” and this guys have the most amazing list of abandoned places there.

I just whis I had the money to do a checklist of this places with my camera.

PS. I love your posters man…