"Is Nothing Sacred?" exempts from A.P.'s "Vanishing NY" series
If there is anything more important to me than life itself it is the preservation of the past. No matter how horrible, how painful, the past must be preserved in order that we may study it or as the saying goes "those who don't learn from the past will be condemned to repeat it."
There are other reasons to preserve the past as well. By preserving our landmarks and historical locations we honor our ancestors, our history, our cultures, our traditions.
Without such things we are not a people, a race, a religion, or a nation. There are no heroes. There is no hope. Without the past we are nothing. Without the past there is no future. Only here and now.
I spent a lifetime preserving and fighting for many endangered structures and historical locations worldwide as well as within my own community. I must admit my efforts have been failures for the most part.
In the end all I could do was take a picture of what remained before it was torn down, demolished or built upon. You can see some of these pictures for yourself. Sometimes I hang them on a wall. Sometimes I place them in an empty hall.