Why This Video’s Awesome.

I have a morbid fascination with abandoned buildings. And I don’t think I’m the only one. There’s something just exhilarating about that nervous prickling you get on the back of your neck when you see how a place has decayed after being left behind, whether you’re there in person, reading about it or observing it on-screen. We like to imagine what the world will look like after a catastrophe has all but devastated the human race. That’s why I love Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ and Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem and even ‘Zombieland.‘ My friends and I even once explored an abandoned elementary school in Kansas City.

Pretty cool, huh? And really not as scary as you’d think. Probably because we went at about 11 in the morning.

EDIT: The original video above has been removed by the uploader for some reason, which is tragic. However, below is the same video uploaded by someone else. Hopefully it stays up!

Last week I gave told you why this video sucked. This week I’m going to tell you why the one above is awesome. Now I know, it is a little long, but it’s so well-made and intriguing I didn’t even notice it went on for more than 6 minutes. The video is an exploration of Six Flags: New Orleans, which shut down in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina and never reopened. The video is awesome because it gives you just enough information to fill you in, but not enough to take away from the footage itself. The music is an excellent addition, because it draws you in without being distracting. The way the area is filmed is beautiful as well as haunting. The angles are abstract enough to keep your attention, but not off-the-wall enough to confuse the eye. The crisp focus (seriously, watch in HD) makes this seem more like a short film than a YouTube video. I wish I had the time, talent and equipment to make a video as beautiful as this.

On a totally, completely, different note, I want to share something that happened to me today that I thought was hilarious. My roommate Grace’s boyfriend Cory is currently participating in a month-long game of “Campus Assassins,” and because the people he normally lives with are playing too, Grace and Cory have been holed up in our apartment. Today I was minding my own business, sitting on the couch in our living room when I heard a noise behind me. I turned around to see an “assassin” had snuck into our apartment and quickly put his finger to his lips and pulled out a rather viscous looking plastic dagger. He made his way back to Grace’s room and staked it out, standing outside for about 5 minutes. Suddenly I heard a commotion, and Cory “killed” his assassin with a water gun. I’m hoping this game continues to provide this kind of entertainment for the rest of the month.

Recent photo(s) I’m proud of: From the United Way’s ‘Monster Dash.’ More photos here.

Song I can’t get out of my head: I got nothin’ for you this week, guys. Sorry.

Video I can’t stop watching: Going with the ‘abandoned buildings’ theme, John Green‘s ‘Urban Exploration‘ vlog.

Something I can’t help laughing at: The fact that Wade, Bethany and I made it onto OSU’s student basketball tickets this year.

  1. Sabrina said:

    Unfortunately it says “The video has been removed by the user” when i try to play it :(

    Awesome picture of the abandoned school! I really love abandoned buildings too. There was a huge old weaving company where i lived. It was abandoned for years and falling apart.. Stuff covered in moss, graffiti.. it was so sick and creepy looking.. every time I drove by i told myself to bring a camera the next time and finally sneak through the fences and take some pictures.. until one day, when I drove by and saw them renovating it! Now its a new shiny Shopping area.. bah.. i still hate myself for that..

    Congratulations on making it on the Ticket! That’s really funny :)

    • Bah! What the heck it was up there yesterday!! I’m going to try to find it somewhere else! That’s so infuriating!

      I know, I love those old places, they’re so interesting! But I’d never be able to go in one alone, I’m pretty sure I’d have to have at least 3 other people with me.

  2. I love your pictures!Especially the one of the abandoned schoolhouse! You’re a great photographer! Keep on keepin’ on :)
    Oh p.s. it’s always been a dream of mine to end up on one of those tickets so I’m incredibly jealous!

  3. Okay so the New Orleans video really got me in the heart because it feels like you know that isn’t the worst of it. It is creepy and I think it could be a scene for a scary or haunted movie!


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