Abandoned American South School
By Matthew Kong
EERIE photographs reveal the crumbling remains of an abandoned high school set in the heart of the American South that has been taken over by graffiti and seemingly used as a canvas for an ambitious unknown poet.
Spooky pictures show former classrooms where the ceiling has caved in, exposing the building to the elements outside and how the school has been adorned with graffiti throughout since it closed years ago.
Other images show the school’s overgrown gardens, whilst others inside show wooden planks strewn across the floor.
The stunning shots were taken by business owner, Summer King (25) at the high school in Whitakers, North Carolina, USA. To take the pictures Summer used a GE X600 Full HD camera.
“We moved to North Carolina from Arizona and found beauty in the death of old structures,” she said.
“I started photographing these dying pieces of history and began posting them online in groups.
“I realised how much other people enjoyed my work and the way I did things through doing that and started my own page, Abandoned America Unearthed.
“I think you see what you want to see in these images, you may see the school you attended and the life you experienced through those walls.
“You may see death and you may see life, I see a time once passed.”
Summer says that she tries to keep her photography as realistic as possible and thinks that’s why people like to see her photos.
“The reason, I feel, that people enjoy my work and choose to follow me is because I keep my photography realistic,” she added.
“I don’t try to make my photos perfect and I don’t claim to be a professional.
“I just do what I like, what I enjoy and I treat my followers with the respect they deserve and respond to them as if I knew each one personally.”
“Photography has always been my way to capture a memory and keep it alive.
“I’m forgetful, so a detailed photograph is important for my memory.”
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