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AbandonedNYC Spotlight: Floyd Bennett Field

A camera obscura in an abandoned building at Floyd Bennett Field.

A camera obscura in an abandoned building at Floyd Bennett Field.

For comparison, a right-side-up image of the view outside the entryway.

For comparison, a right-side-up image of the view outside the entryway.

Light does all sorts of weird and wonderful things in an abandoned building, leaking through boarded windows, forming visible rays in the dust-choked atmosphere, bouncing from one crumbling surface to the next… By far my favorite phenomenon is the camera obscura, which occurs naturally in few other environments.  I almost passed up this room in a mostly unremarkable outbuilding of Floyd Bennett Field, but ended up taking a second look.  Gradually your eyes start to adjust, weird patterns emerge, and finally, an image presents itself.  This was projected through a hole where a doorknob was once secured, lining up perfectly with another abandoned building across the street.
For more photos and the history of Floyd Bennett Field and other abandoned sites in the five boroughs, check out Will’s blog, AbandonedNYC, and follow the project on Facebook.
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