Photographer snaps eerie images of abandoned power plants

These eerie images capture the haunting power plants left abandoned across the US.

From outside many look as though they could still operate but inside tells a different story – with equipment clearly left falling apart.

The dilapidated buildings are part of snapper Matthew Christopher’s Abandoned America series.

The Frank. R. Philips power station in South Heights Philidelphia looks like it is a ready to provide electricity for thousands of homes across the area.

The Frank. R. Philips power station in South Heights Philidelphia looks like it is a ready to provide electricity for thousands of homes across the area.

As well as power plants, Matthew, 36, has also shot empty churches, hotels, hospitals and prisons.

Matthew, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, revealed two of the sites he photographed – Westport Generating Station in Baltimore and Frank R. Phillips Power Station in South Heights – we demolished soon after.

Inside however, the control room looks like something from a bygone era banks of analogue dials and switches, and a distinct lack of flat screens monitors.

Inside however, the control room looks like something from a bygone era banks of analogue dials and switches, and a distinct lack of flat screens monitors.

He estimates that he has photographed more than a dozen power plants all featured in his soon to be released book Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.

Matthew said: “I do quite a bit of research to identify locations I’d like to photograph and I’m fortunate I have friends who have helped me out with connections or information.

“It’s important to me to work with people who manage these sites to present the places in a way that doesn’t cause them any problems.

“They can also be quite dangerous so you have to be very careful. But they are also my favorite type of places to photograph.

This is the Turbine Hall of the Westport Generating Station in Baltimore, Maryland which was demolished in 2008, providing a view into the industrial past.

This is the Turbine Hall of the Westport Generating Station in Baltimore, Maryland which was demolished in 2008, providing a view into the industrial past.

“People seem fascinated by these sorts of places too.

“Most of us will never get to see what the inside of a power plant looks like yet we’re dependent on them to produce the electricity that powers everything in our homes.”

More information on Matthew’s photography tours to abandoned locations can be found on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/abandonedamerica.us

These turbines used to spin furiously generating power for thousands of people and businesses across the east coast of the United States.

These turbines used to spin furiously generating power for thousands of people and businesses across the east coast of the United States.