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Rooftopping in Belgium

Friday, November 21, 2014

Infiltrating a hotel rooftop at night in Belgium was an incredibly peaceful experience. Observing people walking and mingling, while cars were zipping through the streets, was an extended moment of zen.

Many rooftoppers climb to great heights - the top of a construction crane or an office building that rises dozens of stories into the sky. My preference is to be a little closer to the ground; at least so that I can see people's expressions and get a real sense of the city below.

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The Bank of Hollister

Monday, November 10, 2014

This was an unintended photo opportunity on a road trip in 2011. I stopped for fuel at a gas station on the main highway and decided to make a quick detour west to photograph the sunset.

As I drove towards horizon, I noticed abandoned buildings on either side of the road. I parked near the building in the photo and started photographing the sunset.

Within a few minutes a retired veteran came out of his house and walked over to his white picket fence alongside the road. He called me over and proceeded to tell the story of the abandoned buildings. The building pictured was a bank (later a garage) and across the road was a hotel. His overall commentary was wistful; he described how the town's buildings were closing one by one as subsequent generations left the rural Idaho lifestyle behind for a new urban existence.

Update: I found a photo on Flickr of the bank from the early 1900s: www.flickr.com/photos/mviph/6436512251/

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Zydeco Zinger

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Zydeco Zinger is the decaying wave swinger ride in the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans theme park. The park was abandoned by the Six Flags corporation after most of the rides and property were damaged during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

I took this photo during the first of three consecutive days and nights of creepy and surreal exploration..

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Lee Plaza's Grand Piano

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lee Plaza was built in 1928 and exemplified the popular Art Deco architecture of the era. The building, rising to 15 floors, was first used as an ornate high rise hotel, then an upscale apartment with hotel services. It was last used as a senior citizen's home in the 1990s before finally closing its doors.

Not long ago, this grand piano occupied a place in Lee Plaza's first floor ballroom. Over the years, the piano decayed naturally and by means of force. It recently met its demise at the hands of some vandals and their experimentations with a bomb.

In 1981, Lee Plaza was registered as a historic site by the state of Michigan and was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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Light Trails of London

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A long exposure light trails photo taken while walking up to The Shard in London, England. The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union.

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