Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Interested in purchasing prints of my work? Please use the contact form.

Abandoned Christmas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Associating abandoned places with Christmas might seem like a dark topic to explore. Fortunately, my experience with the combination has been rare; the two locations were spread across disparate states in America.

This little shack on the side of the highway was the real estate office for Santa Claus, Arizona. The abandoned town, which is located approximately 100 miles south of Las Vegas, was founded in 1937 as a tourist destination to celebrate Christmas. It thrived until its decline in the 1970s. In 1983, the entire town was listed for sale for the price of $95,000. The last business closed in 1995.

I've written about the abandoned Holley High School in a previous article. This former classroom's floor was strewn with Christmas decorations and children's toys.

Nara Dreamland's Train Crossing

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park in Nara, Japan (east of Osaka). It was built in 1961 and was essentially a copy of Disneyland in California. The opening of Universal Studios was a crushing blow to Nara Dreamland's dwindling attendance and, on August 31, 2006, the park closed permanently.

Exploring the theme park, during an extremely foggy and damp April morning was hauntingly surreal.

Looking Down on Toronto from the CN Tower's Skypod

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh, you know...just a little case of vertigo while looking down on Toronto from the CN Tower's Skypod.


Springdale, Newfoundland

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sometimes, the abandoned places I photograph include a personal story.

Springdale is a small town on the northern coast of Newfoundland. I was placed there with a foster family for the first few months of my life. Shortly thereafter, I was adopted and moved to a farm in Ontario.

I made a pilgrimage to Springdale in 2007. Naturally, I stumbled across an abandoned building while exploring the harbour.

I'm not sure if I find the abandoned places or if they find me!

Star Trails at Monument Valley

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monument Valley is a beautifully serene corner of the Earth nestled along the border of Arizona and Utah.

I travelled to the American southwest, with science journalist Dan Falk, for an extended weekend designed specifically to photograph the Moon and Venus rising above the West and East Mitten Buttes of Monument Valley. The last photo I took that night, which was just before the sunrise, revealed a stunning mixture of blues and oranges in the eastern sky.


Subscribe to Chris Luckhardt