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abandoned elementary school

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not too long ago Jesi, and I got together again to do some more exploring! We hit an abandoned school that she had been to before but I hadn't, and then we discovered an abandoned cement factory (more on this another day!) I don't have much information on this school other than it was built in 1910, and abandoned in 2005. For the last nine years it's just been left to rot.
This is only my second abandoned school, and even though I still maintain that I like finding schools the best out of all other buildings, this one didn't really do it for me. It had a few things I really did like, for example the hand prints (how spooky are those!?), and of course, all the crazy colors. But it was like everywhere I looked someone immature with a very limited vocabulary had scrawled a dirty word. I'm not weird about "curse words", although I do try to keep it clean for the most part online, but I just feel like if you're in an abandoned building, you can literally paint anything you want and the only thing you can think of is something you most likely wouldn't say in front of your mother, you should just stop now. I love graffiti in buildings but the crap I found in this school drove me crazy. That aside, it was a neat building and I'm always happy to add another one to my map.

Jesi and I had a blast. I really wish she lived closer so we could hang out more than once every few months because when we do get together it's golden.
xoxo

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  1. Those hand prints are amazing, the paint peeling everywhere is both beautiful and creepy at the same time. It's a shame about the graffiti though, with all that freedom surely people could be more imaginative then just scrawling dirty words everywhere?

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    1. Seriously? It blows my mind that drawing a penis or writing something offensive is all they could think to do!

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  2. That's so unfortunate. You got some amazing images though. It's crazy how the chalk was still on the blackboard. It literally looks like the just evacuated. Even though obviously they didn't. I love your posts on abandoned buildings so much.

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  3. wow these pictures are just gorgeous xx

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  4. I think the random furnishings are what I like the most. A couch in front of a door at the bottom of the steps? Or those comfy blue chairs randomly assorted in a classroom? A book sitting half burried in debris? That's the cool, creepy stuff. I like it.

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    1. Oh me too! I love the things left behind just as much as I love being inside these buildings. Also, there is ALWAYS a chair, ALWAYS. It's basically a fact. Somehow every single building I've ever been in has at least one random chair in it.

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  5. Oh my Gosh, those handprints! You're right, very creepy. Beautiful pictures though!

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  6. Oh, and this reminded me of you.

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/kipple-dan-tobin-smith/

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  7. the colours are lovely... i really like the blue of the second photo!
    i have the same feeling about those mindless swear words on walls/paintings/... just stupid!

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    1. Schools always seem to have the best colors!

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  8. Hi Kaylah,
    I really love your abandoned buildings post, especially because I don't know where to find those buildings (I'm living in Germany). I'm really wondering how all this abandoning works. I mean, why do they abandon for example a school? Is it because they built a new one or because there are not enough kids left? Are those building in the middle of the city? Do you know all these things when you explore these buildings? And if so, how? Well, I'm just curious and would love to know.
    Anna

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    1. Hi Anna,
      There are lots of reasons they would abandoned a building, most of the time it's just money reasons though. Going bankrupt normally. This particular one was in a smaller town, but the majority of what I visit is in the middle of the city. I normally don't know too much going into a building but when I go home I enjoy reading up on the place, scouring the internet for as much information as I can find on it. :)

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  9. Its incredible how a building can just fall apart in 9 years.

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    1. It's rather insane how quickly places deteriorate!

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  10. YOUR PHOTOS ARE BEAUTIFUL and I can't get enough! (Yes, that needed to be in caps) Thanks again for sharing your adventures. :D

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  11. I can't believe that it has fallen apart so much since 2005 (but I think that is in part because I keep forgetting that it is 2014). I really like that giant bright blue cabinet, and I agree that those hand prints are probably the best part!

    Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  12. I think these photos are great, the peeling paint looks amazing! I feel like same way with vulgar graffiti, I'm like: Really? You couldn't think of aaaanything more creative than that?

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  13. The picture of THE GHOST BELONGED TO ME book is my favorite. It's so easy to walk through old buildings and only really be seeing the walls and peeling paint. But to find a little gem on the ground (or table?) and focus on that, really beautiful photography. You have a great eye!

    Kim | Through the Reels

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    1. I couldn't resist taking a photo of that book. What a strange title.

      Thanks, Kim! :)

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  14. Very cool pictures, but very spooky! I am too much of a wuss to even think about exploring abandoned locations! So I do applaud your bravery! :)

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  15. I agree with your verdict of this being a not-so-inspiring abandoned building, but you've managed to capture it beautifully (as usual!!). There are a couple of things I do like though - the handprints like you say, but I also LOVE that blue cupboard/dresser in the second photo!! x

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  16. the colours are so beautiful!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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    1. They really are, I loooove how brightly they painted this place.

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  17. You always find such amazing places! The hand prints are awesome.
    I totally agree with you about the swear words when they are painted up somewhere really cool as it does ruin it.
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I do really like it! And think the handprints were really cool and not so creepy thanks to the happy colors;)
    Also, I just love the peeling blue and white!

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    1. Haha. Funny how the bright colors can change the whole vibe.

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  19. 1. i am in love with that blue cabinet-- squeeee
    2. those peeling painted hands gave me chills!
    3. were these taken with your beloved 40mm?

    wonderful photos and beautiful lighting :)

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    1. I knowww, that cabinet is so gorgeous! I'd LOVE to own it.

      No, I've actually been using this lens (http://t.co/ivCs6eZKQ7) for urbex stuff. It's an incredible lens. I'm in love with it.

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  20. i love the abandoned buildings you visit

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  21. I love abandoned places! Keep these posts coming. So fun, and so jealous of your adventures!!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear you like these posts, Audrey! :)

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  22. Wow, that peeling paint just slays me. So beautiful. Your captures sure are gorgeous, Kaylah! :)

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  23. I once had the opportunity to explore an abandoned stage house in southwestern Idaho. Most of the graffiti was inane stuff, but there was one that made me giggle: "Tom and Jessie were here." I was amused by the correct use of grammar ("were" instead of the typical "wuz" or even just "was") amidst a sea of ignorant banality scribbled on the remaining walls. It may have been trite, but at least they used the correct verb!

    Also, one of the things I find most fascinating in your photos of these beautiful places is the furniture that has been left behind. Did they overlook these chairs and couches when they packed up the final moving van? Did they intend to return for them? I'm just so curious.

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    1. I would say they just didn't care enough to clean out the building completely. I think a lot of the time when buildings are abandoned for financial reasons the attitude seems to be "well, screw it, it's not my problem anymore". If they personally had no use for the items they got left behind.

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  24. Those hand prints on the wall are amazing! Both eerie and cute at the same time.

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  25. you find so many abandoned places. so jealous!

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  26. These are my favorite posts. Those hand prints and that blue cabinet is beautiful. I live through your photos because SF has nothing abandoned. It gets bought up and torn done quickly.

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