Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016

what a strange year....

2016 ended up being a decent year for urbexing.
especially when you consider that detroit
is no longer what it once was-
in terms of an abandoned playground.

i had a decent year personally
professionally
mentally...
and all things considered,
my health has been good
my shoulder is improving
and i'm looking forward to 2017...!

i didn't reach 100 posts for this year
but i'm posting
i'm editing
i'm shooting
and the fire still burns...

here's a few of this years greatest hits.









Wednesday, December 28, 2016

maybe not the most exciting place around

but in Delray
there isn't too much left that you can get in to...

this was a pretty big feather in my cap
mostly because of the cultural and personal significance
that this building has
to me
and to Delray.

sad to see it in the shape it's in,
but at least it's still standing.



Monday, December 26, 2016

i figure i'll end the year

with a post or 2 about delray
i was pretty much done blogging
and then i decided to give it 1 last try...
anyway,
here's a shot of the john kar bottling building
on jefferson
we used to go here when i was a little kid
back in the 70's and 80's
i don't remember when it closed down
but it's one of the few good memories i have
about growing up in delray...


Monday, December 19, 2016

as stated earlier

i was shooting for 100 posts in 2016...
i'm not sure if i'll make it?
but this makes 91
91 times i've sat here
typing
listening, to the silence
and if there's been 91 times
then surely
there's been more...
but at least 91 times i've sat here
listening for god
asking questions
and at least 91 times
i have not liked
the answers.
91 times i've logged into this page
this blog
this life
waiting
and hoping, for inspiration that
more often then not
doesn't come
91 times i've felt like a failure
like a monster
a hero
a champion
a loser...
91 breaths
91 deaths
91
91
91
i hear it in my sleep
in my dreams
my laughter
i hear the good times
the hard times
the struggle-
i hear the fighting
the laughing
the fucking

i was shooting for 100 posts in 2016
but i don't know if i'll make it
don't know if i'll have the time
with bed bath and beyond
and home depot
and that gluten free sustainable granola from whole foods.
i don't know if i'll have the proper amount of pain
or fodder
or angst
to put it down,
to write it down,
to type the words,
my words.

i'm no sure if there's enough pain for 100 posts
i'm not sure if there's enough understanding
for 100 posts...
i'm not sure
but i'll try
for one more.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

i took a trip about a year and a half a go...

and my camera never felt heavier!
my buddy was moving out of town
and i knew i had to have another very difficult surgery...
anyway,
we hit this old ass synagogue
and it was pretty cool
kind of tough to shoot
and my 2 bros got some kind of crazy pigeon ticks on 'em...
but i like this shot...

it was a pretty good trip:
expensive donuts
pastrami
cafes
kirkbrides
TB hospitals

the term bitter sweet carries more/different meaning,
as we get older
and closer to the end...




Sunday, December 11, 2016

going back a little...

i forgot that we shot this.
the detroit wall.
easily,
the best mural on the whole wall, hands down...!

this particular mural, depicting harriet tubman and the underground railroad, is
on private property, so
for the 6 people who read this blog
don't run up on this guy's shit,
without asking.




Saturday, December 10, 2016

this was a great church

i had to go back twice to get this shot right,
and i guess i got it?
but i could go back again...


Sunday, December 4, 2016

i was upstairs (at this church)

by myself,
like half a fag,
for an hour
shooting this oil can, on a window sill...

i'm not even sure if i like it,
but after all that...


Saturday, December 3, 2016

this was a cool church

and considering that we got shut out of about 4 other churches...
this was a nice surprise!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

this hospital was pretty cool

as far as abandoned mental hospitals go...
photographically speaking.
but,
the hallways were pretty tough to shoot
because none of the doors were symmetrical enough to fill the frame evenly.
if you had a door on the right,
you lost your door on the left.
blah blah blah



Monday, November 28, 2016

because fuck your ornamental hand made plaster horse,

that's why!
i don't know why anyone would leave something like this behind?
it's probably a significant piece of this theater's architectural history?
i don't know why anyone would toss it onto the ground and break it either?
but, it is what it is...

(i believe there where 2 of these plaster horses laying around?)




Sunday, November 27, 2016

in an effort to reach 100 posts:

i was backing up some files and i saw this one,
so i decided to post it...
you don't see too many shots from this vantage point.
if my blog was relevant, the urbex scene around here would be on fire
but it's not
relevant
my blog, that is...
(the urbex scene around here isn't too relevant either)
whatever.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

i'm gonna shoot for 100 posts in 2016...

i don't know if i'll get there, but what the hell?
anyway,
i think i like this balcony shot better then the previous composition, shot from the floor.
i would have normally gotten back a little further, and
gave myself a little room on the sides of the frame.
maybe, i would have got the whole column detail?...
but,
i couldn't
because there was a giant wall in front of the balcony that blocked the organ player, or some shit
so this was as far back as i could get, whatever...

(i've edited and replaced this shot 4 times...WTF!)


Monday, November 21, 2016

from my recent road trip...

the light was pretty much shit on my recent road trip
but this church was awesome,
and i got to meet a friend who i only knew via online...
good times
with good people.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

i have been wanting to get into this building for a very long time...

i had a couple chances but never made it down to the city
when the building was open.
we also got stopped by the popo one time
a few years back, as we were about to make our move.

anyway,
i made it inside-
and, while the building was a piece of rusty shit
i did enjoy shooting this staircase...

this is probably the only building of any significance that i have wanted to shoot,
but had been shut out of...
whatever.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

i have been wanting to go to this hospital for awhile now...

but life has been getting in the way
not enough time
or desire
or ambition,
too many bills
and requirements
too much responsibility...

i couldn't quite carve out the time
to make it here,
to much physical therapy
too much gluten free granola
and reverse osmosis water...

but i managed to pull myself from the back of the line
at whole foods (i do like that death by chocolate cake)
and.....blah blah blah
you get the fucking idea.

i went here.
i killed it.
i took a big shit
and now i'm home...

i'm not sure why i haven't seen this photo, from this place before?
i think this composition is/was the absolute best thing that i saw here;
wood doors
bathtubs
a wide hallway
barrel ceiling
dramatic light
decay
no dick tags
boom!

i also hit a few churches, so i'll work on those files,
soon.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

this kind of shot is always tough...

but so is life.



and you never know,
maybe you end up getting ass raped in a state run nursing home
by an angry orderly with a touch phobia?
but at least when he's done with you, he
pushes your wheel chair back in the corner
so you don't have to watch him go through you sock drawer,
stealing what few meager personal possessions you have left;
maybe your grandmother's rosary
or your father's pocket knife?

either way,
you're drinking a casserole through a straw each night
and that might be the best case scenario
because the alternative
is a protein drink being pumped into your stomach
via a feeding port,

but at least there's reruns of all in the family to keep you busy
until your bi-weekly sponge bath/ass raping...

listen to me.
i've lost myself
lost my focus
my happy place...

so
back to the photo.

yeah,
these types of lighting conditions are difficult
but i'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.

aren't you?



Sunday, October 16, 2016

unless you've been inside this church

it's hard to believe that it's as dark as a well diggers ass in here...
this is a pretty long exposure, but it is only 1 exposure
edited in Photoshop, and not blended, masked, or painted.
whatever.
i'm not a huge fan of the purple hue, but
since there's not much abandoned stuff left worth shooting in detroit...


Sunday, October 2, 2016

it was good to get back out there today...

we had been waiting for weeks for the right light,
on the right day,
at the right time.
and today was the day
glad they didn't tear it down, yet...


Friday, August 12, 2016

green and blue

you're not going to pass this up,
when you're wearing the same 2 colors...

whatever,
this room is ruined now by the dumb ass tags.

whoever did this,
you suck.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

twin sisters

this was a cool little mechanical room...
until some asshole dumped over a 30 year old barrel of boiler conditioner.



Thursday, August 4, 2016

sometimes,

i'll do a wrong thing
or a series of wrong things
over and over
and over again
simply because,
that's what i do
or because
that's what i'm used to...

it's taken me my whole life to realize that;
just because i'm used to it
doesn't mean it's right...

and i guess,
i still don't realize it?
because i do things
that are wrong-
continuously
because i'm used to them...

anyway,
i recently got some new lenses
and i upgraded to the new photoshop.
i'm adjusting to all of these new things.
one of the lenses,
i've had for 3 years
so it's not exactly new, but...
i'm just realizing that; i've been doing something wrong
the whole time...

i'm getting used to another new lens (this one is only 3 months old)
and i think i've caught myself early on...making the same mistakes.

anyway,
here's an image from this winter
of an old Vernors ghost sign,
I'd been meaning to shoot this for awhile,
and
i'm glad i did
before some jerkoff
came along,
and spray painted a dick, on it...






Wednesday, August 3, 2016

coat check

the last image i posted, is
a clothes pin, hanging in this coat check...
wow!




Sunday, July 31, 2016

got back out there today...

nothing too epic
but we did get to see an old spot.
been awhile...

i used to go into an abandoned building
and take pictures of really stupid shit;
ropes
nut and bolts
chairs
etc.
you get the idea.

later
i'd look at the images
and i'd always be disappointed.
detroit had a ton of great abandoned buildings at one time
and for the first 5 or 6 years of my time exploring,
you can't really tell if the images are from Tiger Stadium,
or my basement workshop...

whatever...


Saturday, July 9, 2016

no time to shoot lately...

this is from a few months back.
i hope to get back out there in a couple more weeks?...




Saturday, July 2, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

haven't been doing much urbexing lately.

it's kind of funny how life gets in the way;
there's work
and Home Depot
and insurance premiums
there's Whole Foods...
and car payments
and remodeling projects
god damn do i like that Whole Foods...




















there's also surgically repaired body parts
and depression
i really do love that 6 inch death by chocolate cake...

whatever...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

i have been busy with life

and my kitchen
but here is a photo of the continental plant
a real piece of shit
but i like this photo
shot with an old film camera
and a specialty lens...


Monday, May 2, 2016

there was a group of nice gentlemen

standing out in front of the local liquor store
at 10 AM on a sunday,
and they were very interested in what we were doing...



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

civic theater, detroit

1st shot is a digital image from a SLR, edited to look like film...





















2nd shot is a digital image from a SLR, with a cheap Holga lens...looks pretty cool!