In the new Photo of the Week feature, we highlight an exceptionally amazing photograph submitted by an Atlas Obscura user. 


This week we selected this colorfully bleak shot of the abandoned Armour Meatpacking Plant that was captured by user musicman, who had this to say of the haunting photo:

This is one of the first photos I took inside the Armour Meatpacking Plant, abandoned since the 1950s. I chose this particular vantage point because it pretty well encompasses everything about an old abandoned building — natural light from the collapsed roof, the doors to nowhere (right behind the rockslide rubble, and just to the right of the moss-covered stairs), the variety of colors with the graffiti, the rusted structure, and the moss, and the overall eerie vibe the place gave off. It was even more eerie when, just after I started shooting, I heard a ‘Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh!’ that made my heart race — two hawks were upset with my intrusion and flew out of the rafters just above me. With silence all around, their sound was magnified — but it just added to the overall experience.

Thanks again to all of our adventurous users who keep submitting such amazing shots! Want to have your photograph featured? Keep adding your wonderful captures to our ever-growing compendium of wondrous places (just click the “Edit This Place” link at the bottom of each place). And watch here each Friday for another Photo of the Week

See More: ARMOUR MEATPACKING PLANT, National City, Illinois