The Jones Building at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville. Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

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.

Book cover.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

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.

A guitar laying in the living room next to family photos inside the abandoned house.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

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.

Ivy creeps across the front porch of the forgotten Little-McDaniel home.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

The spooky snaps are showcased in freelance photographer Leland Kent’s (34) new book, Abandoned Georgia: Exploring the Peach State.

Bumper cars sit idle inside an abandoned amusement park.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

“Abandoned photography captures the beauty in urban ruins left behind,” he said.

The Jones Building at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

“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.

The swing carousel at sunset inside American Adventures amusement park.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

“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.”

Debris covers the floor inside the morgue where the metal doors once held patient bodies.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

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.

A dark hallway inside the abandoned Bad Debt Hospital.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

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.

A room inside the abandoned Central State Hospital. The square metal doors were coolers for patient remains. The round doors in the background were autoclaves used to sterilize equipment.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

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.

Inside the Little-McDaniel home, a forgotten time capsule house.
Mediadrumimages / Leland Kent

 

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.

 

Leland Kent’s book, Abandoned Georgia: Exploring the Peach State, is available now. RRP £19.

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