I was walking around a nearby city today and there was a complex of abandoned buildings that was first built to be a mental hospital, was converted into a correctional facility and is now being slowly encroached on by developers and being converted into condominiums and apartments. I was greatly dismayed at this and walked around for a bit, but was by myself with no equipment besides my camera so I wasn't particularly interested in entering, especially as it was broad daylight. I went down to the sales buildings and tried the "it never hurts to ask" approach and was shut down, saying that "it's too dangerous, no one is allowed in without an escort, and those are generally only given to those interested in buying a building."
I just, have to get in though. The buildings are incredible, the architecture is amazing, and it's just the kind of place where you can almost stand in the middle and breathe in the history. I'm determined to find a way into these buildings but I'm not quite sure the best approach. They have a "contact" form on their site, but it's for inquiries about housing. I drafted this message, and I believe it conveys what I'm trying to say and what I find appealing, but I feel like it would get glossed over.
I'm a local photographer, part architect and part historian. I visited the complex today and learned a bit of its history as well as walking around the grounds. I was disappointed to learn, however, that all buildings were off limits. While this decision makes sense to me, I was greatly dismayed, as the site's history as a mental hospital and a correctional facility was amazing to me. I believe that buildings are a reflection of purpose for humans, and in studying architecture we gain an understanding of lives past. This is all together too apparent in abandoned buildings and I believe that they have an inherent beauty, and through photography you can draw forth that story of a structure. This was evident to me as I walked through the grounds of the Villages.
I would be much obliged for a chance to photograph some of the buildings on your site. I can't offer money but you're welcome to use any of the photos for commercial use.
tl;dr: I'm a photographer that loves abandoned buildings, I have no commercial affiliation or any reason to get into a set of buildings owned by a company that will later turn them into condos outside of art and love of urbex and storytelling, but I think there's a story worth documenting and I want to get in terribly badly but don't know how to get the company to take me seriously.
edit: will post some pictures around the outside in a bit.