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Dixie Square Mall

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In recent years, there has been a lot of news coming out of Harvey, Illinois about the infamous Dixie Square Mall. The mall, only open from 1966 until 1978, was made famous in the Blues Brothers movie as the backdrop for a car chase scene.

Leading up to the filming of that scene, Dixie Square Mall had been in steady decline. The mall opened to great fanfare and 64 stores, including a Woolworth, Walgreens, Montgomery Ward and JCPenny, in November 1966. By the mid-1970s, crime and poverty in Harvey had a residual effect; the mall was down to 20 stores. The mall underwent renovations in 1976 to try and bring back shoppers, but these efforts failed to be effective.

After the movie sequences were filmed (in the summer of 1979), the mall was completely abandoned and fell into heavy disrepair.

10mm, 1/25 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

By the early 1990s, Dixie Square Mall began to look more and more like the above photo. I shot this photo on day 34 of my road trip across Canada and the United States.

CFB Rivers Star Trails

Sunday, July 24, 2011

CFB Rivers is an abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force military base located northwest of Brandon, Manitoba. The base opened in 1942 during World War II and closed in 1971. It now sits adjacent to a hog farm.

10-22mm, 30 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 100

Percy Lake

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The calm waters of Percy Lake, just west of Kenora, a town in northern Ontario.

10-22mm, 1/320 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

Stealth Exposure

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cars sit idly decaying behind an abandoned industrial building in northern Ontario. This handheld HDR was photographed on day two of my road trip across Canada and the United States.

10-22mm, 1/30 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR (handheld)

Trespassing Fisherman

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Here's a quick photo from day one of my road trip across Canada and the United States. This man (who spoke mostly French) is fishing in a restricted government area on a dam in a northern Ontario town called Latchford. I saw a hole in the fence, so I walked through it only to find him there fishing. He said he was going to wait 10 more minutes and then he'd have caught his dinner. ;)

10-22mm, 1/100 second, f/8.0, ISO 100


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