We here at Weird NJ magazine are proud to announce a joint project between ourselves and photographer Rusty Tagliareni: A 164 page full color, heavy gloss magazine devoted to abandoned and forgotten sites in and around the Garden State.
Weird NJ presents
FORSAKEN: Abandoned In And Around New Jersey
From photographer Rusty Tagliareni:
My interest in the abandoned dates back to my high-school days in the darkroom. Bathed in the red light and splashed with various chemicals, I spent much time in that small developing room discovering what a photograph actually was. It was fascinating to me how an outwardly simple image upon a piece of paper could evoke such a range of emotions. My first outings to abandoned locations were ones of pure aesthetic reasons, I found that there were things in these places that I saw mimicked nowhere else. The way light creeps and slithers into dark corners, the abstract patterns found in the flakes of peeling paint, and the surreal imagery of nature once again reclaiming a place it had lost long ago. After spending some time with these places, I began to realize there was much more contained within these rotten walls than simply "a good picture". There were stories here, ones of lives that had come and gone, events seen nowhere else.
Things of great importance, be them on a grand or personal level, it does not matter. This connection that I saw between the past and the present, a hushed tale spoken through rot and filth-covered floors, was one that I kept an earnest interest in from those days forth. When time permitted (and sometimes even when it didn't), I continued to pursue these endeavors with the documenting, researching , and sharing of abandoned places. What drove my in these efforts is still something I have trouble communicating in words, spoken or otherwise. Best I can describe it is the somber feeling of something slipping slowly through your fingers, here for a brief but beautiful interlude, then gone forever to the annals of history.
The purpose of my work is simply to enlighten.
My hope though, is that through this comes a better respect for these places and for those who document them.
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