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March 6, 2014
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Canon EOS 550D
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30/1 second
Focal Length
10 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 4, 2011, 8:36:13 PM
Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows)
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A Silent Play by Ardak A Silent Play by Ardak
This shot was taken from the interior of a decommissioned elementary school. The primary reason was the buildups of mold growing from humidity entering the structures, releasing airborne hazardous compounds into the air.A junior high school recides just few hundred meters away from this building, which used to have the junior high and the high school in the same building. The high school was moved away to the city center to be combined to a one big high school, so the junior high now had extra student space. The large-scale of the problem of this elementary school, coupled with now available space in the neighboring building condemned this school to demolition. However, after it's decommissioning, the school stood nearly a decade without purpose. And naturally was subjected to vandalism and substance abuse users, arising from time to time in local newspapers because of this. Further access was blocked by sealing windows and doors, but still people managed to enter the premises. When the first floor windows and doors were sealed, people entered using the upper floor windows. The ladders were cut from the down half, but still people found their way inside by using fences, used to indicate the area as under construction, as ladders. We had to infiltrate the building at the time of these shots, using crowbar to remove the wood plates covering the broken windows, and then opening the door from inside.

Especially for me the experience was interesting, because I attended this school when I was a child, the full length of six years of the elementary school. Remembering the times when the school yard and interiors were full of children, laugh, life and movement, and now in comparison the halls being empty, grey, dark and subject to destruction. The contrast was intriguing.

Now the elementary school is demolished, and the junior high neighboring the old place of this building is renovated for better use.

This shot is taken from the main hall of the school, displaying the destruction caused by time and the occupants of it.
wojtex1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Very... nice school : )
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