26 Jun Ashes to ashes and swamp to swamp
In 2000, the Jazzland amusement park opened on filled-in swampland at the eastern edge of New Orleans. Purchased and re-branded two years later by the giant Six Flags amusement park chain, the park closed in 2005 as Hurricane Katrina bore down on it, and never reopened. Various photographers have infiltrated the site and produced eerie photos of the defunct place of fun, 75 of which form a phantasmagorical display at the lovethesepics website.
Wrote one photographer:
I spotted the haunted lines of its empty roller coaster from the Ninth Ward off Interstate 510 while playing tourist in 2009 and begged a friend to pull over to investigate. We found an open gate, infiltrated it, and proceeded to sneak around the eerie, end-of-world, Zombie-like setting. An adrenaline-enhanced experience I’ll never forget. It was like exploring a haunted, adult junkyard theme park on ecstasy, the sick criminal cousin of Disney World. In a good way….I could have spent days, if not weeks, taking pictures on the lonely grounds.
What would it take to turn it back into swampland?
H/T: Steve Maich @stevemaich