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Elegance in Abandonment: The Art of Dying:
photos, poems, prose by Seashellspells

Christine Carbone

Pages: 104
ISBN: 978-145756-777-3
List Price: 32.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: May 2019
Edition: Hardcover (No DJ)

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“In what I thought would be the end of my life and destruction of everything I had worked for actually been the catalyst to my finest creations. I experienced the most tumultuous episodes a person can endeavor; you name it, I went through it; again and again I hit metaphorical rock bottom until my mind was a pulverized mush. Sitting there, in the silence and solitude of my dark corner, I wondered if it was karma or some practical joke that the in asylums where I chose to spend my free time, I became a prisoner of both body and mind. When I wasn’t equipped with my camera, I had my words. What you’ll see and read in Elegance in Abandonment is the outcome of those experiences.”

If it involves an abandoned building, a dilapidated hotel, a zombie church, or a forsaken theater, Christine Carbone wants to spend time probing the ruins inside of it. “It’s exciting, potentially dangerous, legally ambiguous, and a lot of fun,” says Christine, a photographer, writer, and explorer from Long Island. What began as a hometown hobby soon evolved to abandoned locations across the world. As a high school student in 2000, she first secured a copyright for her poetry; a couple years later, her first published photo (of an abandoned Vanderbilt mansion) appeared in Newsday. Christine achieved her Bachelor of Arts in English and holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration, and continues to pursue her Dark Arts passions through self-portrait photography and prose. “I hope my work inspires you to explore new places, open your mind to eclectic forms of creativity, and most importantly find comfort in the freedom of being yourself.” For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by photography: it’s how I express what I see and feel. My life and experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, and it’s through these experiences that I create images and evoke emotions. What I create is a culmination of who I am, and though it speaks to viewers on many different levels, it is the product of my unique understanding.
She grew up in Kings Park, a small town perched up on the North Shore, established for and by the state-owned Psychiatric Center whose ruins now surround the sprawling property along the Nissequogue River. As a teen, it was Building 93 that intrigued her to explore: a creepy gothic figure which looms over the town with an impressive and intimidating presence. As a photographer, her first impression was the haunting exterior – its vast campus and numerous buildings. Once she ventured inside, she fell in love with the forgotten hallways, graffiti-infested walls and deserted inventory of the former hospital. Christine thought she was alone in her fascination. “I didn’t realize at the time that there was a whole community of people who were as enchanted with the beauty of the abandoned as I was.” Christine has always had a taste for the macabre, and her passions allow her to express that side; “I was a total Goth as a kid. And I planned to get into forensics as a career.” But her plans changed in college and life, as they so often do, and Christine wound up in a career where she helps the living instead. Through her work, she continues to chase the dark and tell her story.

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