abandoned building hunting
An abandoned medical institution, compared to a normal abandoned house introduces an entirely different level of curiosity and intrigue to the hobby of Urban Exploration and photography. Peppered all over the United States and Europe and a few in Canada are decaying and forgotten insane asylums.
One of the qualities of an old home that seems to have been left out of our modern day cookie cutter homes is an elegant looking staircase. Hardwood banisters and railings, winding stairs, double wide steps, heavy anchoring newel post at the base -- I've seen many simple abandoned homes from years ago that all have an elegant staircase...
After circling the entire house in the surrounding sun room I made my way inside the house, I was immediately overcome by the smell of cat...cat urine, cat feces, cat litter...cat death. I had not, up to that point, ever been inside an abandoned house like this, this size, the amount of items left behind, it was a very overwhelming feeling.
What I've come to admire about the abandoned house is what I call the pieces of life left behind, the mystery of what caused this home or business, once full of life to become dark and vacant. From bullets, to love letters, bibles, records, creepy dolls and trophies of one's accomplishments -- there is always something to be found (and left behind when you leave) inside an abandoned house.