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crash



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The Northeast is well represent here, so I figured I壇 ask. I知 trying to find abandoned buildings, quarries, rail bridges, tunnels, and the like in between Boston and NYC. I知 doing a road trip in April, and I got a new camera and a couple of days to kill. The more decay, blight, and graffiti, the better. I知 looking for places that are along the way, but I知 down to take a detour if it痴 worthwhile.

Stuff that looks like this:









Anyone got any recommendations?
Post Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:30 am
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Detroit. Don't judge my geography knowledge
Post Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:09 pm
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You might have success by googling "abandoned mill towns" or something like that. Loving those pictures. And yes, Detroit is the real estate of ruination.
Post Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:55 am
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yeah i've been trying to get out to detroit. maybe this summer. i've actually had a lot of luck online finding spots. i'm not sure why people post so much information about the places they break into, but it's very helpful.
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Most abandoned mill buildings are actually being re-used, at least in New Hampshire. You might find some mills in Lawrence or Lowell (maybe Worcester) Mass that are abandoned. They could be in some pretty tough areas, just be aware.

I'd recommend this... if you can get in... ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth_Naval_Prison

or maybe this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester_State_Hospital
Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:04 am
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Captiv8



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crash wrote:
yeah i've been trying to get out to detroit. maybe this summer. i've actually had a lot of luck online finding spots. i'm not sure why people post so much information about the places they break into, but it's very helpful.


So there are - what - forums for what you do? That actually sounds really interesting. Detroit is maybe the best place I can think of off-hand for this kind of thing. But it's also one of the more dangerous aspects. You could easily juxtapose gentrification and degradation as well, as with Wayne State University and the surrounding environs, which are decidedly less nice.
The Detroit train station has been abandoned for years as well, and it is a fantastic spot for what you're talking about. This photo has obviously been photoshopped for color, but you get the idea:



Edit: Adding this link to a shot of the interior. It's massive and high res so I don't want to jam things up. Just click, obvi.

http://www.offtoseetheelephant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/29.jpg
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When digital SLRs first came out..
I really liked that mixed contrast HDR look.

Now that anybody can do it (and does it)..
...it seems a bit abused and overdone..
Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:09 pm
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Mansfield Training School in Mansfield, CT. Place was a fucking scourge that housed vast numbers of the "Mentally Retarded" in deplorable conditions until it was graciously shuttered in the late 80's/early 90's. Supposedly now haunted. Might be worth a peak.

Sorry I suck at posting pics, but Google Images, or maybe this link.

http://www.lovethesepics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mansfield-Training-School-Main-Building-opened-in-1860-and-closed-in-1993.jpg
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Captiv8 wrote:
So there are - what - forums for what you do? That actually sounds really interesting.

I知 sure there are, but most of what I found was from individuals who catalogue their own adventures. Photographers mostly.

I ended up visiting 3 places around Wilkes-Barre I had found on the internet, plus a spot in Philly from a friend and a factory in Yonkers I had been to previously.

Twrex I agree completely regarding the HDR - people really overdo it with that stuff. I just got Photomatix and Lightroom, and my pictures from this trip were the first time trying my hand at any sort of post-production. It痴 a struggle to capture what things actually looked like, as the only thing you have to go on is your memory.

The results:

My brother showed me an abandoned train tunnel in Philly. It runs for over half a mile under the city. Anywhere there is light coming from ventilation grates, there痴 graffiti. The rest of it is extremely dark.







Factory in Yonkers. I had been there before two years ago (there痴 a shot in my original post from that visit). They池e clearing it out to convert it to a convention center or something. A lot of the cooler art work is gone, which is a real shame.







Abandoned train station in Wilkes-Barre. This place was a lot smaller than I had imagined from the photos online, but it still worth a visit.













Coal Crusher in Wilkes-Barre. I managed some pretty awful timing with this one they had just starting tearing it down the day I got there. I scoped out the spot when I rolled in that evening and got the first flick, came back the next day around noon to enter the site and took the second.






Not as scary as it looks, there痴 a metal bar across the door frame at chest level:









Another coal crusher, the grand finale of my day in Wilkes-Barre










The platform I知 sitting on stuck out from the building about 4 feet, which was great for photos of the area. Also, it痴 a 10 story drop below me, which was absolutely terrifying. If I hadn稚 been so scared I would have sat farther out and this would be a much cooler picture.







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Nice job man. Great stuff.
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Really great stuff, Crash. I mean this in all serious, and as a compliment: I would buy the coffee table book.
Post Sat May 03, 2014 2:54 pm
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Hey crash, I think you'll enjoy one of the latest episodes of 99% Invisible. Link: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/young-ruin/

Also, definitely been enjoying your pictures. If you ever make it out to the southwest, I'm sure I can get you set up with some people who can help you find the good stuff out here.
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xGasPricesx wrote:
Hey crash, I think you'll enjoy one of the latest episodes of 99% Invisible. Link: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/young-ruin/

Also, definitely been enjoying your pictures. If you ever make it out to the southwest, I'm sure I can get you set up with some people who can help you find the good stuff out here.

Thanks! I actually listened to that on the drive back incidentally. I love that show.
Post Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:35 am
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I clicked on this thread for reasons that I now feel guilty about. Enjoy your fucking buildings and what-not, you normal pieces of shit.
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