The textile mills that once lined New England’s rivers first caught my eye. These great brick structures still stood, though water power had become obsolete and the industry moved south. Inspired by the great documentarians of the 1930’s, I photographed mill villages and cities like Holyoke. Next, I turned to state schools and asylums. Philosophies about the treatment of the mentally ill changed, resulting in clusters of empty 19th-century buildings. As I traveled around I began to look for details, things left behind, and to see my work as an attempt to record what was. Almost everything in these images exists only in memory and photographs.