“My real self wanders elsewhere, far away, wanders on and on invisibly and has nothing to do with my life.”
― Hermann Hesse
This is the part where I explain or validate what I do, and why. But to be honest, I’m having trouble coming up with an angle on this. Admittedly, I’ve always found talking about myself to be pretty frustrating. But, I’ll give this a shot. Whenever someone asks me why I do what I do, I could never give any sort of psychoanalytic response besides the obvious; I just am. I guess it’s somewhere in my framework.
From a young age I have always been a curious person. As time progressed, and I grew older, not much really changed. I’ve always felt unfulfilled and uninvolved in society, and have never felt like I understood the world around me. That’s where exploring entered my life at the age of 11. Instead of settling for the pre-packaged, sterilized adventures and meaningless spectacles of velvet ropes, gift shops and video games, I strived to create authentic experiences by making discoveries that allowed me to participate in the inner workings of the world around me, and nourished a sense of wonder, appreciation and reverence for the fantastic and obscure places around me, and their complexities.
Today I devote much of my time and all of my passion into chasing those feelings through exploring and photographing that world, and it’s a rush.
I started my blog Obscure Vermont in 2012 as a way to document the venerable weirdness of my home state, which is a place I grew to love. And to my fervor, Vermont had plenty of curio to go around.
As someone who has always felt like an outcast, this practice has proven to be very therapeutic to me. Not only do my strange travels help me to better understand the greater world around me, but it has given my life a much more focused purpose. Through this continued practice and perseverance, I taught myself to become a writer and photographer, and to grow as a human being.
As it would turn out, other people really seemed to like what I was doing, and that really meant the world to me. however, Obscure Vermont was never a business venture for me, and at its core it remains what it was when I first created it – An obsessive hobby.
I was diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism, when I was 8, and though it’s provided me with some difficulties in life, my differences also turned out to be the gifts that set me apart. This blog is partially the constantly morphing product of an obsessive Aspergian mind.
Even though I live in Vermont, I’m not limiting myself to staying within the state’s borders, and sometimes find myself exploring across New England, New York and Quebec.
The photographs and information on this blog is for entertainment purposes only, with the intention of celebrating and respecting the locations, relics and people featured here.
If you decide to adventure for yourself, please remember that many of these abandoned places are private property, and are patrolled by police, security guards, or the owners themselves. It is possible that you may be ticketed, arrested or even shot at should you decide to trespass.
Since the buildings are not maintained, their dangerous conditions also harbor health problems related to asbestos, lead, contaminated water, and mold.
Remember, you are responsible for your own actions, not myself or this blog. Explore at your own risk.
I apologize in advance – I tend to be intensely internet-anti-social for one reason or another. But, I do enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. If you’d like to chat, then please feel free via the blog’s Facebook page (which is the only thing updated less regularly than this blog), or leave a comment. Especially if you’re a fellow explorer or into weird stuff!
If you live in the Rutland area, I write a semi annual column in the Rutland Reader
If you have a smartphone, I am also a contributor to the app Field Trip. If you’re interested, give it a download and get legal travel suggestions to some of Vermont’s more weird locales.
Film maker Jaclyn Triebel also made a documentary about me and urban exploration in 2013. You can watch her great documentary here.
I use photography as a key component of my blog. I try to use my photos to further tell and add depth to the story that I am writing about – using my lens as another representation of how I see my world. All photos have been taken by myself unless noted otherwise.
A self described local weird worker, writer, photographer and adventurer, My name is Chad Abramovich. I’m a 27 year old Aspergian and a native Vermonter. I drink too much coffee, have some background in graphic design, and love activities such as Geocaching, home brewing, and cartography. I’m cynical, socially awkward, have been struggling with depression and anxiety most of my life, and the most uncoordinated person I know.
Disclaimer: Unless stated otherwise, all photographs in this blog are my personal property and copyright Obscure Vermont/myself.
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