Friday, December 11, 2009


Tons of driving, shooting, tacos and a little bit of sleep over two days in July.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Boy's School.

I started researching this place 9 months before we hiked through thick brush and crept onto it's grounds. All signs of renovation have ceased and the historic buildings were left to crumble.
The former School for Boys, was considered one of the most beautiful boarding-school campuses on the East Coast at its peak in the 1920's. It opened for boarders and received its first students in 1894. The US Navy took over the property in the 1940's and abandoned it in the 1970's. More than 20 buildings remain on the property. Many are very dangerous to walk through, most are too far gone to save. Government waste at it's finest.

Large chunks of plaster ceiling falling to the floor of Memorial Hall. Owls and pigeons flying around between the plaster and roof rafters made it pretty sketchy.

This room was almost black. 30 second exposure, strobe fired 4 times.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Philly Power.

E n o r m o u s. One giant room, jammed full of rusted larger than life machinery after the next. It was recently used as the backdrop for the Transformers movie. Not so recently it was turned into a faux mental hospital in the much better film the Twelve Monkeys.
After parking we were first greeted be guard shacks and signage warning us of live razor wire. Finally making it inside the plant, after a wrong turn into a fully operating maintenance building; lights and air conditioner running, we tried our best to not get lost in this monster.

Left behind movie stuff.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Locked Up.

This beast was constructed in 1906 when it replaced the older building that was originally built in 1853. Old creepy history here. I did some shooting here in 2001 but haven't maneged to return until recently. Very large, old, cold in the summer, dark, almost zero graffiti. The counties last execution took place here. You can see the trap door that let the unfortunate victim drop to die and dangle. The prison stopped serving it's purpose in 1979, sitting silently waiting...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First Capital Paper.

Weird paper testing supplies, hand written minutes and notes from the 50's, fork lifts sitting idle, an enormous complex that spanned more than two city blocks... We were in and out of several of these buildings throughout this year. This building however was not accessed for us until now. The current owners of the property are keeping tabs on her and tend to the breaches pretty fast. The overall structural integrity of this place was a ten out of ten. Outstanding condition...not something I'm used to walking through.

Tom B wandering into the darkness.

It's a bit unsettling to see this stuff when rounding dark corners in an environment were homeless and creepy lurkers are prevalent. I later found out that these were most likely used in an appropriate factory setting for routine maintenance of slag. Still, unsettling at the time...

Towards the end of the voyage. Climbing all these stairs only to end up at a dead bolted door that accessed the roof.