A group of photographers has taken to the streets of Manhattan to document abandoned buildings, including the infamous “St. Patrick’s Cathedral” on Fifth Avenue.
“The world is empty of architecture photography.
No buildings exist that are not abandoned,” photographer James McNeill said in a statement.
“There are many buildings that are abandoned, and I don’t want to use the word ‘abandonment’ in this way.
I don of course mean the word to be negative.
It is about the way that people look at these abandoned structures.”
McNeill and his team photographed the “St Patrick’s Chapel” in a park in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Chelsea.
In 2017, they captured the iconic landmark in a photo of the New York City skyline.
In a video accompanying their images, McNeill told the Daily News that the idea of photographing the buildings in their entirety was “the least interesting thing that I’ve done in my life.”
“I didn’t expect the reaction, but I was surprised by the reaction,” McNeill added.
“I had hoped that people would be more interested in the architecture, the architecture and the architecture.”
The photographer said that the project was inspired by his own experience documenting the “Crown Castle” in England, which has been in the same neighborhood since the early 1800s.
“I was there for three days, and then I went home and was thinking about how the world was different,” he said.
“How we could live in this world that’s so much different from what we used to live in.
And that’s what I was going to photograph.”
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