The slick quarterly British magazine INTELLIGENT LIFE has an article this month called AMERICAN RUINS. Here are some samples.
Large abandoned machine halls are cathedral-like in their enormity and the rusted machines, pipes and ducts are beautiful in a serene and ghostlike way.
Why are people, amateurs and professionals, the world over so fascinated with derelict buildings, abandoned factories, rusty old abandoned cars?
I suppose that the photos are interesting "stories" that make us think of what has been, and what we ourselves will end up as one day.
The interest appears to be enormous. On the photo site Flickr, there is a group called "Abandoned" and at present, there are over half a million photos there. Fancy a slideshow of them. Got some time?