Horatio Alger Center for the Mentally Impaired

June 20, 2009

Just a couple shots. This is one of those places that is very very epic, but also tricky to pull good shots from. The woodwork we saw was astonishing, though. Tons of fun visiting this one.

Augusta Tissue

June 16, 2009

This tissue paper mill closed down under somewhat shady circumstances after changing owners several times. The mill was even held by the federal government for a time while the courts worked out what to do with some of the contested assets. During this time the mill was well secured and an extremely risky place to…

Polaroid Trips 3 & 4

June 4, 2009

Trip 3 to Polaroid was when I managed to reach most of the machines that were still left behind, probably the coolest parts of Polaroid. Trip 4 to Polaroid was when I reached the power plant, which was small but very photogenic!

Polaroid – Trip 1 & 2

May 28, 2009

POLAROID!! Polaroid, Polaroid, Polaroid! SNOWLAROID? Someone once asked me, accusingly, if I was an explorer or a re-explorer. In other words, did I explore places that other people hadn’t been to (since they were abandoned), or did I just get a bunch of information off the internet and visit places that were well known. Polaroid…

Central Steam Power Plant – May 2007

May 12, 2009

Central Steam Power Plant in Fitchburg, MA was a great place to explore. It was always a reliable, interesting place to bring explorers visiting from other states or to go when you wanted to take some photos but didn’t want to deal with a big hassle. The entrance was simple but not necessarily obvious if…

Bethlehem Steel – Trip 3

March 29, 2009

Metropolitan Building

March 23, 2009

Built in 1924, the Metropolitan was an ornate downtown Detroit office building.

Continental Engine Plant

March 22, 2009

Eastern Market FIRE – March 2009

March 21, 2009

One thing about visiting Detroit during my run of going there regularly was that there was usually some type of fire while I was there. The Detroit Fire Department had an absolutely impossible job trying to keep the thousands of abandoned buildings from burning. On Devil’s Night (the night before Halloween) it became a tradition…

Fisher Body 21 – March 2009

March 21, 2009

Packard Plant at Night – Trip 2

February 26, 2009

After my first trip to Detroit, it did not take long for me to return and the Packard plant was an inevitable stop on the tour. During my first trip, I had discovered the joy of roaming the plant at night in a small group. ┬áMinimal use of flashlights allowed us to sneak up on…

Lee Plaza

February 6, 2009

Lee Plaza is an impressive art deco apartment building on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The building ceased housing people in the 90’s and has been torn apart by scrappers since closing. Our trip to Lee was a blast. Tossing my friend Gingerella into a window while conversing with passers by was not typically how…