Monday, July 13, 2009

Battery Dearborn



This was photographed in Alabama on the Gulf Coast it shows the bunkers used to store ordinances and artillery during and after the Civil War.

Photographed with 35mm film in 1999 and is available in both black and white (seen here) and color versions.

Friday, June 26, 2009

American Federail



While visiting western North Carolina in 1999 I had the chance to visit Bryson City an old railroad town that today is part of the Great Smoky Mountain Railway tour.
On the tracks across from the station sat an abandoned American Federail mail car most likely from the 1940-1950's era.

Photographed with 35mm film.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Old Iron Ore Cart



This was photographed in Garnet Montana which is an old abandoned gold town about 20 miles east of Missoula and is open to the public it has many renovations underway to preserve it's history.

Also available on my FAA store.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Decomissioned



While some enjoy catching rays at the beach I prefer to go off with my camera on little adventures particularity on the intercoastal waterway where all kinds of abandoned places and objects can be found and are just eager to get photographed. This old boat was left to weather away on the shore near Holden Beach, North Carolina It was photographed with 35mm black & white film in 1982.

It is available at both my Zazzle and FAA stores.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weekend Retreat



In the city of High Point North Carolina used to be an old tourist attraction most likely from the 1930's-1940's from my best guess and is unknown by many to this day as Carter Town, it sat on the outskirts of the city limits though only about a ten minute drive from the cities center.
I was fortunate back in the 1980's to know someone who owned the land that purchased it from the family who once owned and operated it for many years, it was a small scale place most likely known only to local families and groups during its hey day, it sat off the main road on some old farm property as a dirt road took you down to the old mill and covered bridge (shown here), there also were numerous old structures and cabins on the land some that were relocated from other areas in the county and were set up as part of the exhibit.

From what I understand the creek was used for gold panning during the 1800's and also years later when it became an attraction but as time went on its wealth dwindled away, though I admit I had to gold pan it for myself a few times to make sure, unfortunately with zero results.

The old Ford truck belonged to me and made a great prop for the shot while I spent many of weekends there as sort of a cheap getaway, the last I heard about this place after I moved away was that my friend sold it to someone in the 1990's and I think it was scheduled to be torn down soon afterward.

I was fortunate enough to be part of its memories even though it was just for a few short years, I wish I knew more about its history but I'm having no luck researching it online.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Homestead



Photographed in Forsyth County North Carolina in 1981 this homestead was once part of a big farm that was found on a backroad while I was touring the area, it appears to be a very early 1800 structure built of log slabs and filler. I originally photographed it in color 35mm film but decided to converted it to B/W with Photoshop to capture its historic character.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Glen Island Castle



The Glen Island castle was built in Germany and reconstructed at its new home in New Rochelle New York in the late 1800's and was part of John Starin's resort, after many changes over the decades since its conception it became part of The Glen Island Casino's surroundings, a popular place during the WW2 era where many of the Big Bands played often.
The castle still stands today though mostly abandoned, the last I remember and at the time of this photograph in 1981 it was used for the storage of the local Iona College's rowing team's boats and supplies.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Cabins, One Outhouse



Garnet Montana is an old abandoned gold town once popular in the late 1800's and early 1900's It has many of its old abandoned cabins and commercial structures still standing, this interesting and inspiring place hidden in the mountains is great place to visit if ever in the region.

Photographed using 35mm film in 1996.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Old Lake Waramaug Casino



The old casino on Lake Waramaug Connecticut was once a very active place, its early history is unclear at the time of this posting but my best guess perhaps would be it was built in the late 1930's or early 1940's.
During the 1970's it was a hot spot nightclub for young adults from the surrounding towns as well as out of state individuals many whom owned homes around the lake.
It also played a part both interior and exterior for the 1981 Hollywood production of "Friday the 13th part 2" which was also filmed around various parts of Lake Waramaug including New Preston a village of Washington Connecticut which borders the lake. This was photographed in late 1981 after it closed its doors for good and prior to it being burned to the ground a year or so later.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lyndonville AFS (Abandoned)



East Mountain in Vermont once housed the Air Forces ground-based air facility for the military. Originally named the North Concord Air Force Station it was constructed in 1952, in 1961 it reported a UFO sighting that lasted roughly eighteen minutes and a few hours before the alleged abduction of Barney and Betty Hill that was made famous by a book and later by a TV movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons in 1975. In 1962 the Air Force Station's name was changed to The Lyndonville AFS and a year later in 1963 it was deactivated and closed down.
The abandoned radar buildings and barracks came under years of decay and abuse followed by the closing of the road to the mountain a few years after this photograph was taken in 1997. The last I heard plans were made for the land to become a wind farm for the surrounding towns.
A great report on the area with images can be found here and is well worth a look.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Abandoned Bridge (The Old Sunshine Skyway)



This photograph of the old Sunshine Skyway a cantilever span type bridge in Tampa Bay shows the destroyed pier that was struck by the freighter "MV Summit Venture" on May 9 1980 killing 35 people.

This image was taken with 35mm slide film in late 1986 as the final stages of the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge were being completed, in 1993 the Old Bridge shown here was demolished.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Inside The Roundhouse



Photographing abandoned places could perhaps be said as capturing a fragment of ones own personality as well as the viewers who admire and connects to such genre.
Being able to communicate visually ones point of view to another with such interest and enthusiasm is an art in itself especially when your subject matter is about decrepit, decaying and abandonment it's much different and more challenging then photographing beautiful landscapes but being able to accomplish this with just natural lighting and without any fancy effects makes it most unique and rewarding.

This monochrome image was taken at the Spencer Shops in North Carolina in the early 1980's inside the now restored roundhouse, the natural light coming from the upper windows sheds it as needed to give it the necessary mood that I was wanting to convey while the exposed post and beams of the structure along with the old locomotives being stored adds the theme.