Archive for September, 2014

An Elegy

A mournful poem, song, or lamentation for the dead.
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I Trip The Moss Fantastic

I felt a bit inspired by the Idiot Photographer’s previous post (see it here) to come up with a suitable response. Detail and macro photography has always been a weak spot for me, but I throw my hat into the ring with this shot.

 

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Window Garden

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Hello, Cleveland!

The Idiot Photographer has for some time been posting shots from our recent trip to Ohio, so it’s up to me to catch up. We spent most of our time in Cleveland, so it’s fitting we begin here. Below: Carnegie Avenue bridge over the Cuyahoga River.

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Turn Your Speakers Down

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Can you hear the wallpaper from where you’re sitting?


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Good Morning

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I Need An Editor

I inevitably reach this point with any batch of photos, at which I have lost my ability to objectively judge the quality of what I’m posting. Shots long dismissed catch my eye; was I too hasty in judging them harshly? The pictures I was quite happy with initially now seem to be trite and cliche. When was I right? Or was I ever right? Bah! Whatever. I’m going to have a whiskey.

Meanwhile, here’s the best of the rest. If any of these tickle your art button, let me know.

 

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The Crawling Suit

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Exterior Detail #1

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Exterior Detail #2

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Floor Mushroom!

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Can’t You Read?

Here’s what I do know: upcoming will be a rather lengthy series on the Great Ohio Endeavor, shots from which you’ve already seen from the Idiot Photographer.


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The Louderspeaker Spoke Up and Said…

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Back To Class

A pair of heavy steel sliding doors led through to a relatively clean, carpeted space. It seems that, after Sears had left, a school had used a section of the massive complex as its campus.

 

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Does The Moss Come Standard?

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Lamentations

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Throne Room

Again, from the former headquarters of Sears, Roebuck and Co.

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Storefront #3

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Beaver Lumber in Canada is no more.  All that remains is the shell of a prospering community.


Descent Into Detail

 

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Nautilus

 

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In Case of Fire…


Castlevania

castlevania-church-blogThe allure of this abandoned Gothic Revival church is responsible for my descent into the realm of urban exploration photography.


Open Spaces, Closed Windows

More from Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s westside headquarters.

 

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Distance

 

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Fire Escape No. 3

 

In many places, all natural light was carefully sealed off. These windows had been painted black, then drywalled over.

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Black Eyes


Back to Sears

After being in want of material for a while, a photographic drought if you will, I am now beating back a flood. I am leaving the Idiot Photographer to lead the way into Cleveland, for as much as I have to share from this trip just ended, I have unfinished business in Chicago to wrap up. And so, we return to the former headquarters of Sears, Roebuck and Co. on the city’s west side.

The campus was not a typical abandonment, in that it wasn’t a case of a business going under. Sears was a thriving business, and moving to a gleaming new facility. Perhaps because it was an organized move there is little left in the buildings in the way of interesting furniture or equipment; instead, it is floors and floors of open halls and office space. There are interesting focal points, but they have to be found. But I’ll start with halls and open spaces. I was B&W heavy in this batch, the original colors being a bit garish for my taste.

 

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Linoleum Tide

 

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Exit Anxieties

 

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Zig Zag Hall


Precarious

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Secret Passageway

secret passageway blogDark and bleak abandonment.


And Now For Something Completely Different

SaskatchewanAugust-299Not everything that is abandoned is dark and bleak.


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Footbridge of the Damned

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Existential Allegory With Bird And Window

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Sometimes we know what we want, and see where we want to go, but know not how to accomplish either.

 

 

 

 


Saskatchewan Abandonment

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