Who are we? That's a good question.
The Forgotten Existence, solely as a website, is a documentation and historical preservation photography hub for abandoned buildings and places that is run by two guys living in Michigan. However, we are much more than just that. The Forgotten Existence is not only a hub for everything old, abandoned, interesting, and forgotten in this lovely state, but also a project that we have been building, and working on for the past 5 years.
We started as just two guys that travelled around Michigan, looking for a cool adventure. We didn't even start at urban exploration, or even abandoned buildings in general. But ever since we set foot in our first abandoned building, we fell in love. The feeling of exploring a location that has been reclaimed by nature, that seems to have been preserved in time, yet decaying by that same force of time itself is truly euphoric. It was the exploration of our first abandoned building that made us realize that these types of dormant and decaying locations is our niche.
After our first abandoned building, we knew we had to set out on a quest to explore more. We weren't in these places for the purpose of documentation and historical preservation in the beginning, however. We were there for the sole purpose of awe and fervidness. We didn't have a very reverential outlook on these locations until something detrimental happened. The first abandoned building we visited, which was easily one of the most cherished and loved places we had ever visited, was vandalized, and half burned to the ground. It was upon this detriment that we knew we had to preserve these places somehow.
"Project Abandoned", as it was first called, was a pursuance of our own creation that was dedicated to the photographic preservation of the abandoned buildings that we visited, for our own enjoyment. This wasn't enough to stop the vandalism, and eventual deconstruction of these places, though. We pondered over our predicament, and how we could use Project Abandoned to our advantage to help. Curiosity is the ultimate drive behind an adventure, and curiosity always kills the cat. We morphed Project Abandoned into The Forgotten Existence with the creation of this website. This brings us to our purpose.
The purpose, and main goal of The Forgotten Existence is to serve as an electronically eternized outlet for curiosity via photographic documentation and historical preservation as to avoid the vandalism and carelessness that runs rampant throughout the urban exploration community, which ultimately results in the deconstruction and dismantlement of these historically immense locations.
Our future goal is to further evolve this project into a community of urban exploration enthusiasts, with a common goal of preserving the past, and eternizing the importance of these abandoned locations.
"We" doesn't refer to the two guys that run and maintain this website, anymore. Rather, it refers to a community of people who all share the interest of preserving locations whose existence has seemed to have been forgotten by humanity.
We all are...