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Regina Sy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I had the opportunity on Saturday to do another photo shoot with the super fun and beautiful Regina Sy. We shot in two locations; a set of abandoned phone booths north east of Toronto and in front of the Guild Inn. These shots mark the beginning of a project I'm working on that will be launched in a few months.


85mm, 1/3200 second, f/1.8, ISO 100

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Steps

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I'm often asked what it's like to do urban exploration. Steps, a short documentary by Scott Oller and filmed in Europe, is the most realistic example of urban exploration I've seen to date. This documentary is an exact reflection of how we experience urban exploration in the Toronto Exploration Society.

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Hate Brought Waste To You By Humans

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Detroit's abandoned Farwell Building was once a thriving commercial building in the downtown. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1974 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It has sat abandoned and decaying since 1984.


10-22mm, 20 seconds, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

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Bridge to Nowhere

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A photo I captured on a recent exploration of Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant. This was my fifth exploration of the colossal factory and I still feel like I've missed sections of it! The cooridoors and hallways of the 3.5 million square foot factory seem to go on and on forever.


10-22mm, 1/8 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR

"The Packard Plant is former automobile manufacturing factory in Detroit, Michigan where luxury Packard cars were made by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana.

The 3,500,000 square foot, plant was designed by Albert Kahn and is located on over 40 acres of land on East Grand Boulevard. It included the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit.

The Packard Plant was opened in 1903 and at the time was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world with skilled craftsmen who practiced over eighty trades. The factory closed in 1958, however, but the buildings remain standing as of 2011, and the city has pledged legal action to have it demolished or secured.

Since its abandonment, it has served as a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers, auto scrappers and scavengers. A number of the outer buildings were in use by businesses as recently as 2007, but no more tenants appear to remain." - Wikipedia

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Walking the Mega Zeph

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mega Zeph is a decaying wooden roller coaster at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. I photographed this scene on one of the ride's rickety service walkways.


10-22mm, 1/30 second, f/3.5, ISO 1250

Six Flags New Orleans has been shuttered since it was flooded during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. For over a month after Katrina, the park sat in 7 feet of brackish flood waters, which effectively destroyed 80% of the rides. A majority of the wood from Mega Zeph has decayed and the steel track has severely rusted, with one section of the ride having collapsed.

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