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!