|Concrete City -- Nanticoke, PA|
Derek is a mere 24 years old and hails from southeastern Pennsylvania, where bleak and gloomy subjects abound for an enthusiastic photographer interested in documenting the darker side of life. His focus on abandoned buildings and spooky locations piqued my interest and left me wanting to see more. While I myself have enjoyed photographing cemeteries over the years, every time I see an abandoned house, prison, etc., I've always thought it would be profoundly interesting to capture those places as well - and Derek has done just that, in striking fashion.
I'll just let him tell you about his passion in his own words:
I always had a love for haunted places and eerie things - everything from horror movies to creepy legends, but my passion for haunted locations came from watching the TV show Ghost Hunters. I decided to combine my three favorite things: photography, eerie locations and travel.
My most recent photography series Haunted, Eerie, and Abandoned started off at the one and only Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA., one of the most haunted locations in the U.S. "
"From there I took my series to Centralia, PA, which inspired the horror film Silent Hill. The church in the photo made an appearance in the film."
"I ended the photography series at the eeriest place I have EVER been: Concrete City, an early example of International style architecture in the US. built as company housing in 1911 for employees of Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad coal division. It has been abandoned since 1924, This place will give you chills down the spine. In my opinion it's a scene straight out of a horror film."
"These 3 destinations were the start of my photography series that will continue this August at the abandoned PA turnpike. My love for horror, creepy tales of the unknown, and photography is what drives me to continue to choose these destinations."
|Eastern State Penitentiary|
**Thanks for sharing your work with us, Derek! I know I certainly look forward to the continuation of your series! /ch
You can find Derek on Facebook
Instagram at dnm.photography
And his website: Derek McEntire Photography