This photograph is a stunning reminder of the complex history of immigration to the United States. The abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, a former immigration station, is a stark reminder of the struggles of those who came to this country in search of a better life. The peeling paint and crumbling plaster on the walls and floor, combined with the Statue of Liberty shining proudly in the background, creates a powerful and dynamic image.
The juxtaposition of the abandoned hospital and the statue of freedom is a thought-provoking reminder of the meaning of home and the hope of a new life that immigrants have come to this country seeking. This powerful and moving photograph captures the history and legacy of immigration to the United States and invites the viewer to reflect on the past and the present.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2019