Wednesday, October 19, 2011

i haven't been able to fully explore this place

someone or something has either kept me out or kept me away... having said that, i would love to go back here again one day. even though most of this hospital is burned or collapsed, it's unbelievable inside...wide hallways, rounded corners, tin ceilings, stained glass... it's... well, an abandoned kirkbride son!



anyway,
i have a literature project (yeah, that's right) that i need to work on, and... i want to update my website again, so most of what i post here, for a bit, is going to be...well, it will be whatever it will be! it takes a little effort to update my site, it's not perfect, but it's mine and i'm proud of it. since i don't use a service(i do now, as of 2014) to build my site for me, i have to do the work, get my hands dirty... but i enjoy it.

whatevs!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

i love abandoned hospitals

however
this place was a piece of shit!
the dental office was cool, but it was no broderick tower...
i could have shot this photo,
packed up,
smacked a motherfucker,
and then left,
instead
we stayed for several more hours...good people though!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

back to the power plant...

it was extremely difficult to walk away from this particular conveyor with a composition that ultimately was, "ok"... i'm not a huge fan of industrial photography. i usually think more- of the spaces themselves, than i do of the photographs. to each his own... i'm sure many people feel that all hospitals look the same, and are boring. where as hospitals are my absolute favorite. why do i not care for industrial photography? lots of reasons, but the reasons that matter are personal taste, do's and don'ts that i try to live by, (photographically). you're
not allowed to break the rules, until you understand the rules...
whatever.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

until very recently

i had never been inside of this building. i knew of a few people who had made it in several years back, but to be quite honest with you, i never really tried. i assumed that this place was a real shithole, and since it was kind of sealed up, i stayed busy with other things...well, john and i made an attempt recently that was unsuccessful due to a woman talking on her cell phone, directly where we needed to enter, for over an hour, wtf?! we tried a couple more times, and we were turned away by one random occurrence or another...well, eventually we made it inside, and although a large portion of the building was in fact a shithole, some of it was pretty cool. this hallway for example, had that asylum blue green colored paint, and the kind of decay that was natural, with virtually no vandalism or scrapping...a bittersweet day really; gaining access to a building that has been on the list for a long time, and... crossing off one of the last decent abandoned buildings left in detroit... this place kind of reminded me of the broderick tower and the wurlitzer all rolled in to one.
anyway...

Monday, October 10, 2011

this is a great article!
it's rare that someone with a voice calls out the city of detroit on their bullshit quite like this guy does, and for that, i applaud him.
anyway, tiger stadium was a special place for me when i was a boy, and also later in life, when it was abandoned. i wish that i was a better photographer back then...i can't stand to look at 99.9% of my images from the ballpark.

but i guess this one's alright...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

my wife is out of town for the weekend

so last night was a big night for me.
i ate half a pizza
took a shit with the door open
and stayed up till 11

tonight i'm shooting for 12:30...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

so, this is the last power station shot that i'm going to post for a bit...

i'll get back to the few remaining images after i mix it up a little. i don't want to bore you...



i really did like the coal conveyors...this dually is pretty cool!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

before we reached this power station

our trip had taken some sudden turns for the worse...our spirits were not high! i voiced my concerns to john, and we discussed returning home. deciding to press onward, we grabbed a few hours sleep in a parking lot...hours later, we were somewhat startled to find an entire police force standing outside the car, threatening to break the windows...now, you might wake up and comply with the overly zealous white bread cop with the 9MM, but not me. no! fuck that! i rolled over and laid back down, why? because i was tired and because we weren't doing anything wrong, that's why! i'm a grow'd ass man who just needed some sleep so he could keep driving! well, after eventually rolling down the windows and getting out of the car, the cops were disappointed that we didn't have any weapons, drugs, warrants, or needles, and... we weren't nodding out or cuttin' rails on the dash, so they had to let us go...one rule that i've always tried to stick by is: don't get smart with the cops, not even if you're right. don't talk shit, don't act a fool, and if you can do that, you'll probably be ok...anyway, one of the older cops took a liking to john, i kind of sensed a mentor type of conversation going on over there... i was busy trying to convince my cop that i didn't have any weed on me...fuck!
well, after they told us to leave town we decided that the hospital we were going to hit, which was 10 minutes away, might not be a good idea...so we drove towards a hotel. our spirits were now low, again...we woke up in the morning however, convinced that we would not give up. we decided to push on...we were going to be picking up our friend from brooklyn in a couple days, and that would definitely ignite our spirits...! the next few locations were going to be "sure things" so we decided to get some good food and drive on...
we hit an abandoned subway tunnel, scouted, slept at a rest area, and then we found ourselves here...slightly refocused and energized.

i don't quite feel like working on this story any further or trying to make it more enjoyable for you, so this is about as good as it's gonna get...boom! an abandoned power station. a photograph of the coal tower, at dawn. this was definitely one of the better locations on our trip, and i walked away with a few good shots...this is one of them.

Monday, October 3, 2011

as promised...

back when i shot this, i had hoped that the angled composition would add to the scale of the room...not a huge fan of this type of framing but sometimes it has to be done.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

this turbine hall is much more impressive than any photograph can ever portray

but since there's no upper catwalk to shoot from, like another abandoned power plant, you can't quite get the scale to translate on to the page, oh well. i have an angled version that i'll post tomorrow or the next day...