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Published:October 23rd, 2013 08:20 EST
English Photographer Andre Govia Captures Some Very Spooky, Abandoned Relics of the Past!

English Photographer Andre Govia Captures Some Very Spooky, Abandoned Relics of the Past!

By John G. Kays

I was looking around bright and early this morning for a newsworthy story related to an encroaching Halloween Holiday, calendar-marked in just a little over one week. I clearly found it in a Yahoo News piece on a most imaginative English photographer by the name of Andre Govia, who shoots some very spooky unidentified and abandoned institutions, such as hospitals, hotels, asylums, monasteries, or manors. I should add, the Yahoo piece has a photo gallery with 18 Andre Govia pictures (all Rock!) I must say also, not knowing the location, whether it`s in England or elsewhere in Europe tends to pile onto the mystery, intrigue, and over-all haunting quality ten fold or maybe more!

Much of this has to do with the Victorian Era, from what I can tell, and so we get what I`ll call the Titanic Effect, where it looks like some people all of a sudden got really crazy and simply high-tailed it out of there, running from the Tether of History (as I`ll phrase it). Lots of your major haunted abodes are Victorian anyway, so Mister Govia is uncovering a Motherlode of Spooky Golden Ore, by photographing these obvious paranormal, natural sets or stages of otherworldliness. Moreover, it`s his technique that gets the job done of putting the viewer into a catatonic groove that won`t let go!

My clunky words can not do Andra`s images justice, but I`ll have my way anyhow; my preference is the creepy (or perhaps creaky) staircase, that cascades both upwards and downwards, is covered with dust, or is it John Carpenter`s Fog?, and is so expansive in a long-shot, that you well conjure this as a still from Stanley Kubrick`s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duval, circa 1980 - my favorite year). A musty/misty atmosphere permeates the image, which takes you back in time several hundred years and freezes you into some past trauma that`s yet seemingly unresolved!

Second on my list as a favorite is the rickety old baby carriage, most silent and empty now, with several musty framed photographs cluttered about, with one on the wall. Naturally, we`d like to know who these people are, who posed for portraits, but it doesn`t look like will get to find out, which tweaks our fascination even more and charges the haunting factor to eleven. The moldy walls and chipped paint gives the pic an antiquing effect, which augments the creepiness. Once again, it`s like these lost souls just abandoned the joint; where`d they go?

Well, third fave would have to be the tarnished Roman busts that are apparently sitting on a concrete slab outside (we see some trees in the distance, so perhaps it`s out in the countryside). I love Roman busts and saw as many as I could stand when I went to Italy in October of 2000. The best display of these ancient Roman busts can be seen at the Archaeology Museum of Naples, which has so much of the Pompeii stuff. If you combine a visit to this museum with a trip to the actual Pompeii site itself, you`ll maximize your time-travel experience back to the 1st Century AD. This pic is actually echoes or ripples of the past, where cultural abandonment abounds

For me, at times, that`s what we mean by Haunted; if history is frozen, by leaving it in it`s pristine state, such as it was whenever some frightened souls had to get out of Dodge in a jiffy, then it`s safe to assume, these spirits are still locked into this location (while their corporeal spirits fled). This is what Andre Govia has achieved; his lens has captured a lost moment from the past when history required rearranging (usually the causes are economic, but not always).