Ellis Island, Upper New York Bay, was for many immigrant to reach the American Dream. It was opened in 1892 as a federal station for immigration until 1954.
Stephen Wilkes had the opportunity to photograph the shut down and abandoned hospital.
The images leaves us to imagine the thousands of immigrants that walked inside the hospital. Mother nature has taken place and has almost taken over the space. There is a battle between humans and nature.
The corridors are a favourite of mine, as they are very haunting. The space between the indoors and outdoors is very tight and although you cannot see the what is outside or what is behind the rooms, it allows you to be more eager to find out. It is like a boundary/border between the USA and being nowhere. I am inspired by the way that the place is abandoned there is still a feel of human presence that was once there.
The strong colour that is within the photos emphasises the contrast between human and nature. I am also really fond of the lighting that beams through the windows and reflects on the floor or wall. The compositions lets the audience guess what could be around the corner or behind the door. The range of textures portrays decay, age and memory.