Friday, September 30, 2011

the 2011 north east hurricane tour

has been over for the better part of a month.
we are home now, and i am bored. the reality of life, the cost of the trip, the many rejections, and the blows to the ego have all settled in...!
it's friday night and the tigers are in a rain delay, so here it is:
this power station proved to be one of our best sites on the tour and ironically, we weren't even going to hit this one...but things had not quite worked out the way we had hoped...so we found ourselves knee deep in industrial decay! i guess i'll try and edit a few images from this location, and maybe even share some of my thoughts?...





i just read a blog post where the photographer said, "it’s hard not to join the ranks of the cynical and jaded" this was in relation to urban exploring and shooting the same old locations...i'll have to work on that, for sure.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

i've made a lot of mistakes in my life

including the online version of me.

whatevs! here's a photo from a place that we explored many years a go (and a few days a go)...before it was called ruin porn, and...before it was 'cool'.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

i have been wanting to get inside of this building for at least 8 years

i don't know how long john has wanted to get in here,
but let's assume that it's a really long fucking time!
so yeah!
abandoned detroit bitches!
what's that?
oh.... that's right, for a minute there i forgot that no one's actually reading this. the only thing that people know is; what's in their recent activity on flickr or whatever the same type of thing is called on facebook, but since i'm not in to facebook...maybe it's called "the wall" or something?



fuck yo' wall bitches!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

i have absolutely nothing to say

but i have photos that i want to process and post online, because that's what makes me better.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

coming of an epic 2 day fail in maryland

we decided to fill our stomachs with some proper cheese steaks and head towards this abandoned train tunnel. well, after being down here for close to three hours (shooting other things), our eyes had adjusted enough to see this composition. it took hours of complete darkness, for there to be a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel...think about that one for awhile! anyway, this is the longest exposure that i have ever shot,



and i've shot some long ones!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

i have a cousin, we'll call him Michael.

he lived down the street from me
with his grandmother
i used to walk over to his house a few times a week
but since he was never allowed outside
we would always play indoors (this is another story for another time)
sometimes,
when Michael would have to go to the bathroom
he would call for his grandmother
she would go in after him.
minutes later, they would both emerge
for years this went on
finally, one day
i looked through the cracked bathroom door
and his grandmother was wiping his ass for him
we were probably 13 years old at the time
i didn't say anything
or tell anyone,
i went home...
the next time i saw Michael,
i told him that his grandmother should not be wiping his ass anymore,
he said ok.
i didn't see much of my cousin after that day
several years later
he moved to south carolina;
chasing a girl
that he met over the internet.
that was a long
long time a go...
last year,
his grandmother died
i didn't attend the services
but my mother did
she told me that Michael married that girl,
from south carolina
and she also told me that
my cousin, says
hello...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

i knew this guy

we'll call him Ted
Ted had a heroin habit
which ultimately caused him to steal a car
a car that just so happened to have a
newborn baby in the backseat

Ted was now a kidnapper too
he went to prison for several years...
i saw him
about a year after his release,
he was a shell of his former self

something happened to him in prison
that did more harm
then heroin ever could...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

i'm not a huge fan of abandoned theaters

but when you consider that;
a professional photographer who was hired to shoot an interior like this would probably use two highly skilled assistants to set up lights/equipment, for a minimum of 6 hours, before anyone ever pressed a shutter release, and then several more hours moving lights, stands, cameras, etc...just to spend several more days in post...well, i'm pretty happy with my shot. especially since this place was engulfed in 75% darkness, and i didn't have any help lighting it... not bad for 45 minutes of work! (any more time spent on this would have really bummed everyone else out, even more then they already were...)



i'm pretty proud of myself.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

for all of my urbex career

i have wanted to photograph ivy and/or vines, taking over the interior of a building. on our recent trip to the north east, i was really looking forward to the sun porches at this location. there were some recent photographs of exactly what i was looking for circulating on the internet, so this hospital was a big one for me! well, while the nature taking over concept didn't completely live up to my expectations, i'm pretty happy with my photographs and we had some good times; ducking under windows hiding from the people working in the offices on the other side, the police standing right outside with shotguns, watching over the inmates as they cut the grass...ahhh.

i have a straight on version that i may work on later, but... i like the corner angled composition much better.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

i have posted a photograph or two of the concourse before

but i ultimately always delete them, the sloped floor really distracts me when i look at my final edit. maybe this one will survive?...



who would have ever guessed that having abandoned photographs of the train station might one day be coveted?

here's a cropped in version

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

we happened to be driving by this decaying masterpeice on our recent east coast trip

the last time we were here, the lighting was about as bad as you can possibly get, so my exterior shot pretty much sucks! this time however, things were much better (as far as the sun goes...) i'm glad i got a chance to re-shoot this one before it's gone. this great location will either be demolished very soon or it will continue to fall in on itself until nothing is left.
this is definitely an exterior worth shooting!



i've been working on some new photoshop techniques, and this was a great image to experiment with...(i'm really proud of myself, huh?)

the guy at hertz

who rented us our car was a fuckin' racist



and he was an asshole too...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

i remember when this place was difficult to get in to




most of the stained glass was still in place
there were organ pipes
and other religious artifacts
that were not removed by the archdiocese
now,
this place is wide open
you could drive a truck inside
it's difficult to shoot here however,
because you run the risk of bumping in to the countless stream of people who go here to play dress up...(insert link here)

my biggest fear while shooting this very photo was that i might get caught up in someone's playtime. never mind trying to take quality photographs of a beautifully decaying catholic church, no! let's bring a couple changes of clothes and do a little photo shoot. what the fuck?!

who would have ever saw this coming?
in detroit no less...


it seems like when i express my opinion here, on this blog
it offends a few people. sometimes i get emails, or i see banter back and forth on other sites...
if it doesn't apply, let it fly
or go fuck yourself
i'm ok with either one.

if i could take a photograph of my thoughts

i would post it here
or
maybe i could type a perfect composition
just like i try to see it through the viewfinder,
if i could photograph the thoughts inside of my head
i would post them on flickr

photos, of my thoughts
posted in your group
my thoughts, uploaded to facebook
500px
i wonder if myspace is still around?
i never got in to the whole friendster thing
i guess i missed out on that one...

Monday, September 5, 2011

i have one thousand pictures to post here

and i have lost interest
again
pictures of detroit
blah blah
blah
words of detroit
it's all bullshit...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

as promised

today is a new day
and i have new words
words like:
god
love
pain
nigger
hurt
death
rape
ignorance
poverty
denial
pride

yesterday was fuck
today might as well be fuck too

fuck face
mother fucker
fuck all

words of detroit
i have a thousand photographs to edit
and post here
on the internet
let me get my flickr page going again
1000 photographs for facebook
let me make friends
contacts
favorite me
vote for me
love me
pictures of detroit

but first:
words of detroit
fuck
shit
cock
and balls
insert comment here
love
epic
faggot
bitch

words of detroit
words inside my head
words that keep me up at night
regret
mistake
pain
virtue
lament

pictures of words of detroit
pictures of fuck
words of shit
ass
cunt

as promised
and delivered

suck on my balls

whatever...

Friday, September 2, 2011

pictures of detroit

is now,

words of detroit

today's word is "fuck"

as in:

fuck you!

fuck it!

and fuck them!...



i'm dumping the whole picture thing for now.

tomorrow i'll have more words.



words of detroit,



boom!