From a little school in Gary, Indiana.
Oooh…what’s inside? What is it? Is it urban decay? Aw, man… it’s always urban decay. I was hoping for kittens. This is nice too, though.
As some of you may have gathered from Tabulua Rasa’s previous comments he and I recently took a little road trip out to Cleveland to see what we could see. While it was not the most productive trip for me, photographically speaking, I’ve managed to cobble together an image here and there such as this chance discovery I made while we were driving around a very not abandoned neighborhood.
I’m always a little sad to see a door or window bricked over and in this case we have a still active building that, while not the prettiest industrial brick beast, still had a couple of flourishes and charms as well as the scars where details were removed.
This weekend was a scouting trip, we did not get into many locations. Mostly it was hours of driving and listening to music followed by hours of driving around a location looking for a safe way in. Followed by a few hours of galumphing through tick-infested underbrush with the final result of two buildings explored. My final tick count was 11, Tabula Rasa on the other hand appears to be magically tick repellent. I hate him just a little bit because of this. However he has proven himself a true friend by being willing to pick one off my back that I couldn’t reach. Just another reason why you should never explore abandoned places alone; not only do you need someone to help should you fall through a floor or stair way, but timely removal of exoparasites can prevent diseases like Lyme, Rock Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Erlichiosis.
Plans are in the making for a repeat visit at some point in the future, but first I have to figure out why I am hardly able to walk a mile before I feel faint. In the meantime I’m going to continue to look for places closer to home but my exploring schedule may be a little light until this issue gets figured out. This just means that you may get stuck with the occasional kitten photo (because I work with cats and it is kitten season) as well as whatever else may wander my way. I have a project lined up to do some portraiture in a Harley Modification Shop, and I’m also considering a project with some models in Gary (I would love to do another drag queen shoot there, I just need the queens!).
Not exactly something we were expecting to see, but there it is. on the side of the building the date of 1952 can be found in the concrete, which makes it one of the more recently built abandonments in the city. I’m always a little amused by people who memorialize the name and purpose of a building by putting it straight into the concrete as the building is finished. No matter how many other purposes it is used for in, in the end it will always be the Slovak club.