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Mezzanine Sundial

October light sweeps through a derelict theater

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Apollo’s Eye

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Unmoving

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Charnel House

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Police arrested a suspected serial killer last week in Gary, Indiana.
The accused led officers to several abandoned homes where he concealed his murder victims.
The bodies of three women were recovered from this house on the south side of town just days before our visit.
All entrances were newly boarded up, and yellow crime scene tape remnants still clung to the trees.

Prairie Sunset

GirvinCraik-86A friend said to me the other day, “why don’t you take any pretty pictures?”  There is beauty in all.

Step Right Up

Ticket booth for abandoned amusement park, northern Ohio.

 

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Recapturing Ruin

I’m coming to see the Methodist church in Gary, Indiana in a way not unlike a child might view its grandparent. Likely, your grandfather or -mother were already old when you first became aware of them. By the time you were in your teens or twenties, they were getting really old. And then you may have realized that they wouldn’t be around much longer. So it is with this church. We’ve been watching the decay progress for about six years now, but change is hard to see when it’s incremental. When a section of the roof fell in a few weeks ago, the change was stark.

The collapse does serve a purpose, vis-a-vis urbex: it is a memento mori of sorts, and a spur to to explore as much as one can, because it’s all coming down one way or another. And ours is not to question or get attached to ruins, but to document and create from them.

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For some scenes from this church in recent years prior to the roof cave in, click here.

Please Take A Seat

MJPasquaClaybank-56Someone will be with you shortly.

Tumbled Bug

The biggest challenge of photographing at the abandoned amusement park was the fact that it was so terribly overgrown it was hard to see anything for all greenery running rampant.  Hiding in the goldenrod I found some cars from the Tumblebug ride.

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It was a struggle to frame one of these properly, but I did what I could.

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Dear Kevin Cronin

MJPasquaClaybank-12I’m sorry that your band is rotting away in a field in Saskatchewan.  No hard feelings, ‘kay?

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