Abandoned Apples: Part 1

Benj Edwards
18 February, 2013
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The machines we leave behind

For whatever reasons, humans eventually vacate the places they inhabit, and in doing so, things are left behind. Some of those things happen to be Apple computers, software, and accessories that wallow in dark and dirty places for decades until rediscovered by urban explorers who delight in documenting abandoned urban spaces. Most explorers are guidedby a code of ethics not to disturb what they find, as illustrated by their main credo: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

Ahead in the first installment of this feature you’ll see beautiful photographs of abandoned Apple products captured by these latter-day adventurers, who in some cases have risked life and limb to document their finds. It is worth emphasising that urban exploration is extremely dangerous and often illegal. Please do not try it yourself.

[Photo: Pinot and Dita]


The fire station

Somewhere in Niagara Falls, there stands an abandoned fire station filled with colorful iMacs. Just a few years ago, these Macs, likely castoffs from some school computer lab, sat wrapped up on shipping paletteswhen first discovered by urban explorers. Since then, visitors who weren’t as kind have made a point to smash the display of each and every machine.[Photo: DanCog]


Stack of Macs

In September 2011, urban explorer Mark the Kid visited a derelict public school in Detroit and discovered dozens of recent vintage MacBooks that had been left abandoned in their charging carts. Upon a return visit in December of that year, it appears that someone had moved the notebooks—possibly into the surreal-looking stacks we see here.[Photo: Mark the Kid]


The birds

Photographer Steve Parker recently encountered this scene in an abandoned house in the countryside of Te Akatea, New Zealand. Clearly, birds have taken over the residence where this Macintosh LC III and Sony Playstation reside.[Photo: Steve Parker (NZ)]


Shredded Apple

Traveller Jared Eberhardt discovered this abandoned Apple IIe among shredded paper at Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Motel in Baker, California. Reports say that all of its rooms have been abandoned to some degree or another, making this establishment the worst motel in the US, the most unique, or both.

[Photo: Jared Eberhardt

Dusty Classic

When the final students and faculty of an abandoned Philadelphia school went home, they forgot to take along this Macintosh Classic. It now sits neglected in the school’s auditorium, covered in decades worth of dusty decay, waiting for another chance to be useful. It is unlikely that chance will ever come.[Photo: Linx Street]

By Benji Edwards (@benjedwards), Macworld

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