UK-based photographer Janine Pendleton likes to capture "Urban Exploration" – Exploration of abandoned, lost, decaying, and forgotten places. Places that are not usually seen by the public and "Dark Tourism"– Exploration of places with a historical or contemporary association with death, macabre, catastrophe and tragedy.
Janine told, "My interest in urban exploration photography started in August 2015 with an impromptu trip to that classic UK site, Camelot Theme Park. I used to go here as a kid with my parents, so seeing its dilapidated and desolate state some 15 years later struck a chord somewhere inside me."
"From then I was hooked! I spent the rest of 2015 was trawling the UK in search of abandoned places, making new friends along the way. In Spring 2016 I had my first trip to Europe, and things escalated from there. Over the last5 years, I traveled to places that I never thought could exist. I have had road trips and adventures aplenty, making friends, and getting in situations that seem almost impossible to believe as I sit at home writing this."
This time, she has traveled to visit the United States in 2018. Photographer said, this is not a typical trip across the pond - no shopping or traditional walks. Instead, Janine used her time to look for interesting places of interest, because it was something she called an obsession that took her to the whole world.
Of the ten countries visited, she spent most of her time in Pennsylvania. During this time Janine visited 21 abandoned locations, taking hundreds of photos. She was very happy with the camera shutter, but unfortunately, she ran out of memory card space in the middle of the trip!
Here are the top 10 highlights of her trip. She hopes we enjoy this robbery into American Decay. Link to the Road Trip Blog with behind-the-scenes stories and photos from this unforgettable American Adventure.
Check out the amazing shots of Janine below!
#1 Trolley car graveyard
"This rusting collection of treasures from a by-gone age wait patiently for restoration, hidden in the woods."
Janine wrote on Bored Panda that she was browsing websites, blogs, and news articles in search of lost American treasures. She made contact with some outstanding local photographers, arranged meetings, and exchanged locations. Months and weeks passed quickly. In the days before her flight, her map was a multi-colored polychrome pin. Each marks a past photogenic relic, spread across ten states. "It's clear that this will be an amazing journey!", she said.
#2 Blue boxing ring
"This once famous venue opened in the early 1960s. It has stood empty since around 2010. There are imminent plans to demolish it."
#3 Gothic church
"This Church is over 120 years old and has been abandoned for two decades."
"The room houses the records of a French-American immigrant tycoon and philanthropist. This collection documents the finances of his empire in meticulous detail, spanning over 50 years of trading."
#5 Old government building
"This stunning building was built in the 1920s, in a Classical Revival architecture style. The building has been disused since the late 1990s."
#6 Trade school auditorium
"This dramatic Art Deco and Classical Revival building is perched high on a hill, overlooking the city below. The school was forced to close in the mid-2000s."
#7 Wooden rollercoaster
"This overgrown wooden rollercoaster was once the star attraction at this former theme park. The park has been disused and falling into disrepair for over a decade."
#8 Abandoned theater
"This auditorium was part of a former Catholic high school. Attendance levels became unprofitable early 2010s, and this once popular stage saw its final performance."
#9 Elementary school
"This school closed in the mid- to late 2000s, based on the information available."
#10 Former penitentiary
"Eastern State Penitentiary operated between 1829 and 1971. You can now visit this disused prison for tours."
All images source and credits: Janine Pendleton