The series Abandoned States of Pablo Iglesias Maurer was inspired by a found matchbox featuring an idyllic photo of a Poconos resort complex in the 60s, which he visited out of curiosity and found abandoned. This set him on a quest to document the state of various buildings, edifices and structures so proudly printed on 1960s postcards (which he got from Ebay).
Aligning the two images together, he presents his intriguing work in before-and-after GIF animations that make you ponder how cruel time can be to the deserted. Some structures are still standing while others have changed after almost five decades.
“Photos of abandonment tend to be a bit stylised, painting decay with a nostalgic brush,” says Maurer. “The postcards, too, have their own haze — the places were never as nice as they look.I often struggle to get the two images to line up, as well. But time blurs the difference, and brings everything into focus.”
See more examples of Abandoned States here.
Images and photo captions © Pablo Iglesias Maurer via dcist.com