Inner Space Explorer: James Kirkendall
If it is locked or abandoned and especially, forgotten, James Kirkendall wants in.
Curiosity has led the Fort Smith photographer into closed factories, old hospitals and other urban ruins. He always asks permission. Sometimes he gets in easily, some he has had to persistently pursue several authorities. Usually he hears the remark, “I don’t know why anyone would want in here.”
Since then, he’s located targets, sometimes by finding them on a Google Earth satellite search and driving to see what is there.
“I am just curious, I guess,” he said. “I always wonder ‘what’s on the other side of that door?’”
Many more of Kirkendall's photos of hidden places can be seen at the Facebook page Kirkendall Exploration and Company.
THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF ENTERTAINMENT FORT SMITH MAGAZINE.