By Mark McConville
EERIE images from a new urban exploration book have revealed the stunning but abandoned remains left behind across the state of Georgia in America.
The haunting pictures show an operating room full of medical equipment inside Bad Debt Hospital, ivy creeping across the front porch of the forgotten Little-McDaniel home and bumper cards sitting idle inside an abandoned amusement park.
Other striking shots show rows of beds lining the walls inside a once overcrowded asylum, debris covering the floor of a morgue where metal doors once held patient bodies and a one-way street leading to the imposing Binion Building at Central State Hospital.
The spooky snaps are showcased in freelance photographer Leland Kent’s (34) new book, Abandoned Georgia: Exploring the Peach State.
“Abandoned photography captures the beauty in urban ruins left behind,” he said.
“The goal is to give the viewer an exhilarating look at our past and these forgotten places. From a small amusement park to what was once the world’s largest mental asylum, Georgia is home to many fascinating abandoned places.
“Whether it’s the remnants of a defunct hospital, a forgotten mansion, or a desolate race track, they are all left for nature to take over after being discarded by humanity. There is even one stately mansion that is not entirely vacant since the former owner is buried in the backyard.”
Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established.
Georgia is bordered to the north by Tennessee and North Carolina, to the northeast by South Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Florida, and to the west by Alabama.
For the past five years, Georgia has been ranked the top state (number one) in the nation to do business, and has been recognized as number one for business and labour climate in the nation, number one in business climate in the nation, number one in the nation in workforce training and as having a “Best in Class” state economic development agency.
In Abandoned Georgia: Exploring the Peach State, photographer Leland Kent showcases eleven abandoned places from across the state. Each chapter gives a detailed narrative about these amazing places, accompanied by stunning imagery.