Maryland, although a small state, plays a historically significant role in the settlement of the United States. It shares its iconic history through what remains of its industrial, governmental, and recreational past.
The home of the Star-Spangled Banner offers both the curious urbex photographer and history buff an abundance of opportunities. Buildings once bustling with theatre goers and brewery workers are decaying or, in the case of a lucky few, being restored and revitalized to include original architectural details.
Mills and factories that once sustained cities and rural towns have not fared as well. Monoliths built to never come down have been demolished and scrapped for steel and copper.
Many of the hospitals and schools, which once contributed so much to the state’s development, have succumbed to time and nature’s forces. Struggling to survive, they have become breathtakingly beautiful in their process of disintegration. Abandoned Maryland
offers a thoughtful journey through what we leave behind as well as a glimpse at the light and texture infused entities these giants of their time have become—they still have much to offer before their final demise.
||6 ¾ × 9 ¾ inches
||15 July 2018
||200 colour photographs
Sue Tatterson is Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College. She began photographing America’s abandoned landscape in 2008 as part of her MFA thesis at the University of Baltimore. Her photographs have been exhibited at solo and group shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Arizona, as well as being featured in Baltimore Magazine, and the indie film The Curio Shop. Her website, Spirits of the Abandoned, features work from more than seventy abandoned locations across the U.S. Her work has been described by local historians as “heartbreakingly beautiful” and “simply gorgeous.” Originally from Australia, Sue moved to the United States in 2001.