Christos Palios

Christos Palios

From power plants and industrial compounds to mills and depots, traversing the depths of vast cathedral relics reveals humanity's complex and layered milestones of progress. Many of these historic manufacturing and energy-producing sites have succumbed to inevitable gentrification and demolition. Others continue to stand in the socially-remote shadow fields of America's bygone industrial epoch. In these images, I explore not only the evident isolation and eerie, dust-cloaked abandonment, but also the historic environments [as living time capsules] many of these spaces instill. Particularly in contrast to their bustling, former glories. What obviously sets them apart from their heyday is the absence of human interaction. Decades worth of people fulfilling their livelihoods in these dangerous environs. What defined these interiors for workers? How did they endure the reptitive and mundane tasks in often hazardous areas? The state of these spaces indicate a long-defunct system now rife of sediment and scrap, mysterious machines, vexing valves, long levers, curious dials, and nostalgic, anachronistic leavings. Detritus entombed. Despite conditions, the natural lighting enchants as much as it contradicts its age. Paradoxically infused with an aura of continued operations, these forgotten and often forbidden realms yield to a textural beauty and serenity within.


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Baltimore, MD 21228