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Lotus Carroll1,774,218Event is now closed to new submissions. Thanks! Stay tuned to my profile for announcements of Honorable Mentions, Finalists, and Winners.   * * * * *  This is the Event for our February Self Portrait Challenge: Capture Your Reality. What is meant by this? It's time to show us your real life. Capture a self portrait that conveys a sense of who you really are or what your life is really like, or portrays a real life situation you are facing. @105852782594022510198, one of our many talented moderators in The Art of Self Portraiture Community, wrote a great tutorial that will help you! Check it out here: http://goo.gl/3xRrMx She is also the contributor of our theme photo on this event. Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Capture Your Reality" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST February 28th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100266938567862344330 Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0IN *and* a @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://capturingcouture.com Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in February 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantFebruary Self Portrait Challenge: Capture Your Reality2014-02-01 07:00:00146  
Jeff Smith61,934Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Jan. 19, 2014 *No theme this week* So this is a chance for you to explore your own artistic "selfy" interpretations. Thanks +Mark Rodriguez for letting me use your most excellent "Breaking Bad" inspired selfy for the theme image. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Jan. 20/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. ___ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-01-19 03:00:00144  
Lotus Carroll1,774,218This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings! What is meant by this? It's up to you to interpret. I know that many of us think about what we want the next year to be like (even if you don't make resolutions) and this seems like a great way to express what's been on our minds in that sense. You can interpret this way, or any other way that makes sense to you. We're looking forward to what your creative minds will come up with! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "New Beginnings" theme. Your photo must have been captured any time during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. You have about two weeks left to complete this task if you don't already have a qualifying photo that you took this month - you can do it! Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com 1 Year Awesome Account at @100424993750772730018 http://goo.gl/CCrBlS  @100266938567862344330 Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0IN Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) Please Remember These Rules: *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2014 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00137  
Jeff Smith61,934Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 7/13. *Theme*: *True Colors* What we are looking for is a dominant color element in your Selfy. It could be in the shot itself or in the processing or in a combination of both. The meaning of the color in the shot will be up to the photographer. Metaphorical and or literal interpretations  are welcome of course. There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-04-07 03:00:00154  
Peter From81,053Time for the (shorter) November challenge... Your task is to upload a creative self portrait to the event.  *Rules: only ONE picture (must be taken by you or by using a self-timer) or you will be removed from the event guest list. Please add a few lines about your photo as well, it's always nice.* The contest ends on November 30, 1 PM CET. Winners will be announced in my feed as soon as possible after the event has closed. Good luck!November Challenge –– Creative Self Portrait –– Please Reshare2012-11-14 19:00:00462  
Isabelle Fortin26,833Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00145  
Jeff Smith61,934Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 2/12 The Selfy Sunday Project has switched over to the GPlus "Event Mode" which should help in previous issues with the shared album format. *There is no theme this week as we move to the event mode* I will announce the SSP Event one week prior to the actual event time. +LaDonna Pride will be helping along the way as our co-host. Thanks so much +LaDonna Pride . Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. *Selfy Sunday FAQ* can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check _there_ first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________________ *UPLOADING* You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 2/122012-09-02 03:00:00244  

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2014-01-05 18:51:09 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

A Big Announcement!

So many of you have probably noticed that I've barely been around on social media as of late - the reason for this is that I've been negotiating for a book project with People Inc. Press of Buffalo to write a monograph on my favorite building.  I can officially announce that contracts have been signed and work on the book is underway!  So here's the first of many new images from my favorite building to be posted, this one of a stack of chairs left in a sickly-yellow room on Ward 4 in the building.  Thanks for bearing with me during my absence, and I can't wait to share more details (and photos) as work on the book speeds up!

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2014-05-13 13:57:22 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Good friends, good staircase, good moon!

So I just returned from a roadtrip with comrade-in-arms +Amy Heiden and new friend +Todd Sipes; we rocked 4 locations over 3 days.  One of them was another trip to Hudson River State Hospital - the location I was initially least excited about, having been there dozens of times over the years.  But when it came time to shoot Blue Hour, I knew right where I wanted to be - on the grand curved stairwell in the Administrative section of the Kirkbride asylum.  When I finally got into position in this corner, civil twilight was already waning, and by the time I got the shot composed, almost over - but I noticed something.  The waxing gibbous moon, almost full, was shining in and hitting the wall to the left.  Lacking time to meter the situation, I just guessed - ISO 200, f/9, 15 minutes on Bulb.  And then, right at the end of the exposure, twopeople... more »

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2014-05-29 13:15:04 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

Serenity in the Ruins

Another from my most recent roadtrip with Ms Meggo; in order to get this shot, I had to traverse much of the building to get to the other side of the collapse while she got ready to kick up the dust for the "smoke" effect and then quickly hit her pose...

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2014-08-04 20:41:21 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

Greeting the day in an abandoned sanatorium.

Please note that if this sort of art is not to your taste, you may very easily uncircle me or hide the post.  Please be an adult here; this certainly conforms to the G+ policy on artistic nudity, but it's disheartening how many times I've had to deal with immature children flagging posts on here.  I hope, however, that this is not an issue and you enjoy my photograph!

Greeting the day in an abandoned sanatorium.

Please note that if this sort of art is not to your taste, you may very easily uncircle me or hide the post.  Please be an adult here; this certainly conforms to the G+ policy on artistic nudity, but it's disheartening how many times I've had to deal with immature children flagging posts on here.  I hope, however, that this is not an issue and you enjoy my photograph!___

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2014-07-17 21:12:21 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

My account was just suspended for "pornography".

This is important, people.  For the last couple of days, my Google Plus account was suspended for "pornography", even though I have never posted a pornographic image in my life.  I post fine art nudes.  I am going to continue posting fine art nudes.  I am not going to stop posting fine art nudes.  So if you don't like fine art nudes, please unfollow me now.

I am saddened that some people who chose to follow me decided to flag my photography.  I am saddened even more by the fact that Google Plus temporarily suspended my account because they were unable to tell the difference.  I have been a member of this community for about three years, and have been posting nudes the entire time.  In fact, it was my "polemical argument about sexism" that went viral and led to a wideraccepta... more »

My account was just suspended for "pornography".

This is important, people.  For the last couple of days, my Google Plus account was suspended for "pornography", even though I have never posted a pornographic image in my life.  I post fine art nudes.  I am going to continue posting fine art nudes.  I am not going to stop posting fine art nudes.  So if you don't like fine art nudes, please unfollow me now.

I am saddened that some people who chose to follow me decided to flag my photography.  I am saddened even more by the fact that Google Plus temporarily suspended my account because they were unable to tell the difference.  I have been a member of this community for about three years, and have been posting nudes the entire time.  In fact, it was my "polemical argument about sexism" that went viral and led to a wider acceptance of nude art on Google Plus.

Simply put, I'm not going to stop.  But kindly grow up.  If you don't like my art, just unfollow me.  It's that easy.  And to those of you who've supported me over the years: thanks!  Although it's been sad to see the falloff in activity over here, I have much love for all of you.___

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2014-07-11 16:21:22 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Lost in the atrium

Once again starring Ms Meggo.  Good morning G+!

Lost in the atrium

Once again starring Ms Meggo.  Good morning G+!___

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2014-07-10 22:26:01 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Restless Sleep

Okay, a second post today, just because Mr. +Ricardo Williams is clearly waiting by his computer for one to come down the stream.  ;)

Ms Meggo - the model in this photograph - is a total badass.  If that pose looks easy (or painless) in any way, go find a hospital bed and try it - seems like all that yoga has paid off!

Restless Sleep

Okay, a second post today, just because Mr. +Ricardo Williams is clearly waiting by his computer for one to come down the stream.  ;)

Ms Meggo - the model in this photograph - is a total badass.  If that pose looks easy (or painless) in any way, go find a hospital bed and try it - seems like all that yoga has paid off!___

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2014-07-10 18:20:42 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

I swung out for a while...

So I haven't made any new posts in over a month.  You may be asking "well why is that, Ian?"   I've basically spent two months on the road, shooting - making new photos like this one.  Expect to see many more in the coming days!

I swung out for a while...

So I haven't made any new posts in over a month.  You may be asking "well why is that, Ian?"   I've basically spent two months on the road, shooting - making new photos like this one.  Expect to see many more in the coming days!___

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2014-05-31 14:19:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

For those that may be interested, I've recently released three new limited editions of some of my favorite staircase shots (larger at http://bit.ly/1oUGtwQ).  The editions of 10 are giant - 24x36" - signed and numbered on verso.  But the first impression in each - the (1/10) - is available on auction for cheap at eBay!  The link is here: http://bit.ly/1oUGtwQ - so if you're looking for some new art for your walls, this might be your chance!  And if not, but you'd like to help out - share this post so that more people have an opportunity to get in on the action.  :)

For those that may be interested, I've recently released three new limited editions of some of my favorite staircase shots (larger at http://bit.ly/1oUGtwQ).  The editions of 10 are giant - 24x36" - signed and numbered on verso.  But the first impression in each - the (1/10) - is available on auction for cheap at eBay!  The link is here: http://bit.ly/1oUGtwQ - so if you're looking for some new art for your walls, this might be your chance!  And if not, but you'd like to help out - share this post so that more people have an opportunity to get in on the action.  :)___

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2014-05-29 13:15:04 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

Serenity in the Ruins

Another from my most recent roadtrip with Ms Meggo; in order to get this shot, I had to traverse much of the building to get to the other side of the collapse while she got ready to kick up the dust for the "smoke" effect and then quickly hit her pose...

Serenity in the Ruins

Another from my most recent roadtrip with Ms Meggo; in order to get this shot, I had to traverse much of the building to get to the other side of the collapse while she got ready to kick up the dust for the "smoke" effect and then quickly hit her pose...___

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2014-05-28 20:09:53 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Greeting the morning.

I just got back from two weeks on the road with the incomparably beautiful and talented Ms Meggo, during which we took on several abandoned hotels, a few asylums, and a center for delinquent youth.  Here's the first of many shots from an amazing adventure!

Greeting the morning.

I just got back from two weeks on the road with the incomparably beautiful and talented Ms Meggo, during which we took on several abandoned hotels, a few asylums, and a center for delinquent youth.  Here's the first of many shots from an amazing adventure!___

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2014-05-25 19:56:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

For years, I've been looking to take a REALLY AMAZING RIDE on the Wonder Wheel.

Its been a good day.

For years, I've been looking to take a REALLY AMAZING RIDE on the Wonder Wheel.

Its been a good day.___

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2014-05-15 14:13:53 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

On the road again!

I'm about to jump back on the road for a week with Ms Meggo, to create more awesome art in abandoned buildings!  So excuse my absence, but when I come back... tons more like this to be seen!  Have a great week all!

On the road again!

I'm about to jump back on the road for a week with Ms Meggo, to create more awesome art in abandoned buildings!  So excuse my absence, but when I come back... tons more like this to be seen!  Have a great week all!___

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2014-05-13 13:57:22 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Good friends, good staircase, good moon!

So I just returned from a roadtrip with comrade-in-arms +Amy Heiden and new friend +Todd Sipes; we rocked 4 locations over 3 days.  One of them was another trip to Hudson River State Hospital - the location I was initially least excited about, having been there dozens of times over the years.  But when it came time to shoot Blue Hour, I knew right where I wanted to be - on the grand curved stairwell in the Administrative section of the Kirkbride asylum.  When I finally got into position in this corner, civil twilight was already waning, and by the time I got the shot composed, almost over - but I noticed something.  The waxing gibbous moon, almost full, was shining in and hitting the wall to the left.  Lacking time to meter the situation, I just guessed - ISO 200, f/9, 15 minutes on Bulb.  And then, right at the end of the exposure, twopeople... more »

Good friends, good staircase, good moon!

So I just returned from a roadtrip with comrade-in-arms +Amy Heiden and new friend +Todd Sipes; we rocked 4 locations over 3 days.  One of them was another trip to Hudson River State Hospital - the location I was initially least excited about, having been there dozens of times over the years.  But when it came time to shoot Blue Hour, I knew right where I wanted to be - on the grand curved stairwell in the Administrative section of the Kirkbride asylum.  When I finally got into position in this corner, civil twilight was already waning, and by the time I got the shot composed, almost over - but I noticed something.  The waxing gibbous moon, almost full, was shining in and hitting the wall to the left.  Lacking time to meter the situation, I just guessed - ISO 200, f/9, 15 minutes on Bulb.  And then, right at the end of the exposure, two people - possibly scrappers - walked right past the door on the landing beneath this one!  I quickly packed up, leaving Long Exposure Noise Reduction running, and we booked it out of there.  It wasn't until I got back to the car that I saw what I'd gotten - and all of a sudden, was very, very glad we'd gone to Hudson that evening!___

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2014-05-09 01:19:47 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

25,000!

Well, my dear friends and followers, I just noticed that today I ticked up past 25,000 followers!  I'm thrilled and honored that my work is noticed and appreciated by all of you.  As long as you keep watching, I'll keep posting - and in that vein, here's one more of Ms Meggo from this past weekend before I head out on another road trip tomorrow!

25,000!

Well, my dear friends and followers, I just noticed that today I ticked up past 25,000 followers!  I'm thrilled and honored that my work is noticed and appreciated by all of you.  As long as you keep watching, I'll keep posting - and in that vein, here's one more of Ms Meggo from this past weekend before I head out on another road trip tomorrow!___

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2014-05-08 12:37:45 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Sleep Evasive

On the second day of my roadtrip with model Ms Meggo, we'd slept a mere 3 hours when we entered an asylum and set up a shot during civil twilight - seemed like a good time to explore the theme of insomnia!

Sleep Evasive

On the second day of my roadtrip with model Ms Meggo, we'd slept a mere 3 hours when we entered an asylum and set up a shot during civil twilight - seemed like a good time to explore the theme of insomnia!___

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2014-05-07 23:49:18 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Climbing up the walls

By the end of our 4th day on the road, Ms Meggo and I were beat - but kept shooting regardless.  At our final location - an enormous insane asylum soon to be demolished - Meggo found herself climbing up the walls...

Climbing up the walls

By the end of our 4th day on the road, Ms Meggo and I were beat - but kept shooting regardless.  At our final location - an enormous insane asylum soon to be demolished - Meggo found herself climbing up the walls...___

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2014-05-07 15:40:54 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

Dreaming of the forest and the world outside.

On our roadtrip, Ms Meggo and I stopped by an abandoned children's preventorium - a sort of tubercular sanatorium for kids - and suddenly she needed a rest...

Dreaming of the forest and the world outside.

On our roadtrip, Ms Meggo and I stopped by an abandoned children's preventorium - a sort of tubercular sanatorium for kids - and suddenly she needed a rest...___

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2014-05-06 19:23:52 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Homage to Robert Mapplethorpe

Whenever I see a model posed within a circle, I think of Robert Mapplethorpe's work, and I was thinking of his work with circles when I shot the beautiful and immensely talented Ms Meggo on the first day of our road trip.  Of course, Mapplethorpe used male models, and did not take photographs inside cylinders used to test rocket engines at abandoned military installations.  But it was still an intentional homage.

Homage to Robert Mapplethorpe

Whenever I see a model posed within a circle, I think of Robert Mapplethorpe's work, and I was thinking of his work with circles when I shot the beautiful and immensely talented Ms Meggo on the first day of our road trip.  Of course, Mapplethorpe used male models, and did not take photographs inside cylinders used to test rocket engines at abandoned military installations.  But it was still an intentional homage.___

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2014-05-06 17:11:47 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Life is Good!

Well, some of you might have noticed that I've been relatively absent on Google Plus of late - this is due to writing a book; I've barely shot any new work.  But I just spent 4 days on the road with Ms Meggo, an awesome model out of Baltimore; we hit 4 locations and took 70+ GB of photos - and most importantly, had a great time!  So look for a bunch of new model photographs over the next few weeks, as I have time to edit them.  Here's the last exposure of the trip - we decided to pose for a promotional shot to commemorate an awesome trip!

Life is Good!

Well, some of you might have noticed that I've been relatively absent on Google Plus of late - this is due to writing a book; I've barely shot any new work.  But I just spent 4 days on the road with Ms Meggo, an awesome model out of Baltimore; we hit 4 locations and took 70+ GB of photos - and most importantly, had a great time!  So look for a bunch of new model photographs over the next few weeks, as I have time to edit them.  Here's the last exposure of the trip - we decided to pose for a promotional shot to commemorate an awesome trip!___

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2014-05-01 04:44:08 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Once again for the night crowd, in case anyone missed it - I have a Tumblr now!  And am looking for other people with Tumblrs to follow.  Give me your links!

I have a Tumblr now!  Do you?  Share it!

Now that I have a Tumblr, I'd love to follow some more Tumblr blogs.  Do you have one?  Post it here!  Mine is found at: http://ianference.tumblr.com/___Once again for the night crowd, in case anyone missed it - I have a Tumblr now!  And am looking for other people with Tumblrs to follow.  Give me your links!

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2014-04-29 23:50:01 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I have a Tumblr now!  Do you?  Share it!

Now that I have a Tumblr, I'd love to follow some more Tumblr blogs.  Do you have one?  Post it here!  Mine is found at: http://ianference.tumblr.com/

I have a Tumblr now!  Do you?  Share it!

Now that I have a Tumblr, I'd love to follow some more Tumblr blogs.  Do you have one?  Post it here!  Mine is found at: http://ianference.tumblr.com/___

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2014-04-29 16:11:46 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I has a Tumblr - who else has one?

I've finally been goaded into starting a Tumblr - http://ianference.tumblr.com/ - and am looking for other Tumblrs to follow!  So who among you has one?  Post the link here!  :)

I has a Tumblr - who else has one?

I've finally been goaded into starting a Tumblr - http://ianference.tumblr.com/ - and am looking for other Tumblrs to follow!  So who among you has one?  Post the link here!  :)___

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2014-03-15 19:22:21 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

In a Red Room

I just realized that I've been so caught up in this whole "writing my first book" project that I haven't shared anything in ages.  So here's an up-until-recently unpublished photograph from last summer, featuring my friend and model Rayne (raynetupelo.com) and taken in an abandoned insane asylum in Virginia.  I miss you all!  Someday, my book will be off to the publishers, and I will have a life once more.  Meanwhile, I'll try to keep my stream active where I can!

In a Red Room

I just realized that I've been so caught up in this whole "writing my first book" project that I haven't shared anything in ages.  So here's an up-until-recently unpublished photograph from last summer, featuring my friend and model Rayne (raynetupelo.com) and taken in an abandoned insane asylum in Virginia.  I miss you all!  Someday, my book will be off to the publishers, and I will have a life once more.  Meanwhile, I'll try to keep my stream active where I can!___

2014-02-28 15:43:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So the latest issue of Nuart Revue Magazine (an online publication) features an extensive spread of some of my work shooting art models in abandoned buildings - including several world premier images!  Give it a look-see!

So the latest issue of Nuart Revue Magazine (an online publication) features an extensive spread of some of my work shooting art models in abandoned buildings - including several world premier images!  Give it a look-see!___

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2014-02-21 18:37:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Celebration time!

So I had a deadline unexpectedly pushed forward on me - instead of March, I had to get all of my photos of Buffalo State Hospital finished up by this week.  Which wound up in a roughly 100 hour work week, very little sleep, and canceling all social functions.  Last night, when I finished up and got the last file uploaded to my server, I put on a British murder mystery show and promptly conked out for nearly 12 hours.  But, having a great feeling of accomplishment, I woke today feeling like a normal human being as opposed to a semi-conscious zombie!  So now it's time for celebration - which in my case means a mix of relaxation and photo adventures.  Here's one last photo of Buffalo State Hospital at night, before I completely ignore the place for a few days!

Celebration time!

So I had a deadline unexpectedly pushed forward on me - instead of March, I had to get all of my photos of Buffalo State Hospital finished up by this week.  Which wound up in a roughly 100 hour work week, very little sleep, and canceling all social functions.  Last night, when I finished up and got the last file uploaded to my server, I put on a British murder mystery show and promptly conked out for nearly 12 hours.  But, having a great feeling of accomplishment, I woke today feeling like a normal human being as opposed to a semi-conscious zombie!  So now it's time for celebration - which in my case means a mix of relaxation and photo adventures.  Here's one last photo of Buffalo State Hospital at night, before I completely ignore the place for a few days!___

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2014-02-19 17:08:06 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Several years ago, a guard let me behind the fence at Buffalo State Hospital to take a few photos at the end of blue hour.  I then promptly forgot about them... until today!  It's like finding a pile of doubloons under the sofa!  Print & gallery: http://smu.gs/1fdMvqj

Several years ago, a guard let me behind the fence at Buffalo State Hospital to take a few photos at the end of blue hour.  I then promptly forgot about them... until today!  It's like finding a pile of doubloons under the sofa!  Print & gallery: http://smu.gs/1fdMvqj___

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2014-02-16 20:06:09 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

The Best of Memories

This photograph of some patient beds mouldering away in a patient dormitory at Buffalo State Hospital comes from what was probably my most memorable trip to the asylum, with three friends.  We faced difficulty at every turn - at one point, we couldn't find our way past barriers constructed to block the wards off from each other, until we realized that we had to climb the dumbwaiter shaft.  At another point, we broke for lunch just as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, brilliantly illuminating our picnic area.  We slept on foam insulation, telling stories until we were tired enough to sleep.  When I photograph these places, I'm doing my best to create art.  But I'm also doing my best to create wonderful memories such as these.  Looking at this photograph nearly 8 years later brings them all flooding back!
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The Best of Memories

This photograph of some patient beds mouldering away in a patient dormitory at Buffalo State Hospital comes from what was probably my most memorable trip to the asylum, with three friends.  We faced difficulty at every turn - at one point, we couldn't find our way past barriers constructed to block the wards off from each other, until we realized that we had to climb the dumbwaiter shaft.  At another point, we broke for lunch just as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, brilliantly illuminating our picnic area.  We slept on foam insulation, telling stories until we were tired enough to sleep.  When I photograph these places, I'm doing my best to create art.  But I'm also doing my best to create wonderful memories such as these.  Looking at this photograph nearly 8 years later brings them all flooding back!

Print: http://smu.gs/1f4iPvG___

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2014-02-15 20:09:07 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

An Early Success

So of all the negatives I've scanned for my book on Buffalo State Hospital, this is possibly the one I'm proudest of.  It was some time in the early or mid 2000s, and I had just about zero experience with light painting.  But when I came across this vault door in the basement of the Administration Building (the one with the towers), I knew I had to give it a shot.  I had my camera loaded up with 160 ASA portrait film, and now my task was to set up the shot in near-darkness and then figure out my exposure time - as well as to evenly light the scene.

I used a combination of an LED torch and an LED lantern; the lantern allowed me to compose the shot and acted as a key light.  But then I had to figure out exposure.  So I set the lantern up in position near the ground, pointed at an upwards angle, somewhat left of frame.  And I turned on my torch, andpoint... more »

An Early Success

So of all the negatives I've scanned for my book on Buffalo State Hospital, this is possibly the one I'm proudest of.  It was some time in the early or mid 2000s, and I had just about zero experience with light painting.  But when I came across this vault door in the basement of the Administration Building (the one with the towers), I knew I had to give it a shot.  I had my camera loaded up with 160 ASA portrait film, and now my task was to set up the shot in near-darkness and then figure out my exposure time - as well as to evenly light the scene.

I used a combination of an LED torch and an LED lantern; the lantern allowed me to compose the shot and acted as a key light.  But then I had to figure out exposure.  So I set the lantern up in position near the ground, pointed at an upwards angle, somewhat left of frame.  And I turned on my torch, and pointed my Sekonic spot meter at the light it created.  And then I guesstimated how much coverage I had, and guessed that about 10 minutes would be right.

So I spent 10 minutes waving my torch around, trying my hardest not to bump my tripod.  My arm got a bit tired, but when I got my film back - I was glad I'd done it.  I'd nailed my first true light painting.___

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2014-02-05 21:35:26 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

The Joys of Old Negatives

Over 7 years ago, I made perhaps my most memorable trip into Buffalo State Hospital - the asylum I'm currently writing a book on.  Among other things, I was finally able to access and climb into one of the signature towers that mark the building, and bliss out on the roof.

But in 2007, I had a hard drive melt down on me and lost all my scans.  My negatives were all in storage.  So, it's been over six years since I've seen these photographs - I recently dug them out of my storage locker in Charlotte, and have begun scanning in earnest.  It's amazing every time a new image gets realized by my scanner; each negative brings back a wonderful memory.

Like this one.  After goofing off in the Eastern Tower of the Administrative Pavilion with my friends for the better part of an hour, I took a shot down the stairs, back into thebuil... more »

The Joys of Old Negatives

Over 7 years ago, I made perhaps my most memorable trip into Buffalo State Hospital - the asylum I'm currently writing a book on.  Among other things, I was finally able to access and climb into one of the signature towers that mark the building, and bliss out on the roof.

But in 2007, I had a hard drive melt down on me and lost all my scans.  My negatives were all in storage.  So, it's been over six years since I've seen these photographs - I recently dug them out of my storage locker in Charlotte, and have begun scanning in earnest.  It's amazing every time a new image gets realized by my scanner; each negative brings back a wonderful memory.

Like this one.  After goofing off in the Eastern Tower of the Administrative Pavilion with my friends for the better part of an hour, I took a shot down the stairs, back into the building proper, to memorialize the experience.  And now, the feelings of amazement at having gotten to lay on the roof between the towers are all coming back.

It's great finding old negatives.  It really is.

Print available here: http://smu.gs/1eyK8MR___

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2014-01-27 21:31:40 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Occasionally, I dabble in artforms other than photography.  Here's a watercolor/gouache I painted over the past few nights.

Occasionally, I dabble in artforms other than photography.  Here's a watercolor/gouache I painted over the past few nights.___

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2014-01-25 17:55:36 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Stairs unsafe - use caution.

In my travels, I come across dodgy staircases on a regular basis.  This one, in the Forst building at Trenton State Hospital, isn't that bad - with a little creative navigation, it was easy enough to surmount the missing stairs and get to the next landing.  In other buildings, it is perhaps more difficult.  To get to the top level of the Beury Building in Philadelphia, it is necessary first to climb a section of stairs that was pulling away from the wall, its railing missing, and then to climb a shaky wooden plank replacing a half-dozen missing steps over a void that led down about 12 stories.  I brought a model there once; she said it was the scariest experience of her life.  I've never seen the top floor of the North wing of the Nurses' Building on North Brother Island.  I tried to climb the remains of the rotting staircase leading upthere... more »

Stairs unsafe - use caution.

In my travels, I come across dodgy staircases on a regular basis.  This one, in the Forst building at Trenton State Hospital, isn't that bad - with a little creative navigation, it was easy enough to surmount the missing stairs and get to the next landing.  In other buildings, it is perhaps more difficult.  To get to the top level of the Beury Building in Philadelphia, it is necessary first to climb a section of stairs that was pulling away from the wall, its railing missing, and then to climb a shaky wooden plank replacing a half-dozen missing steps over a void that led down about 12 stories.  I brought a model there once; she said it was the scariest experience of her life.  I've never seen the top floor of the North wing of the Nurses' Building on North Brother Island.  I tried to climb the remains of the rotting staircase leading up there on my first trip out there, and a granite stair that probably weighed more than I did missed my head by a matter of inches.  I decided that whatever was up there probably wasn't worth the risk.  That was the only time I've turned away entirely instead of finding a bypass, and there's a part of me that's sad, now that I don't have access to the Island anymore, that I never saw it.  But everything in modern ruins photography revolves around a risk/reward matrix.  Like many things in life, every step you take is a calculated risk.  Sometimes, what lies at the top of a staircase just can't be worth the risk of death.  Sometimes it's not worth the risk.  I never saw that top floor, but I'm alive to tell you about that granite slab which missed my head, and about the multitude of dodgy staircases that I did choose to climb.

This print (any others from this building) available here: http://smu.gs/MaCZIx___

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2014-01-24 22:41:38 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” --H. P. Lovecraft

A recent photograph of the abandoned Rochester Subway's last remaining tunnel section, for +Susan Marinello's #InspiredByLiterature  

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” --H. P. Lovecraft

A recent photograph of the abandoned Rochester Subway's last remaining tunnel section, for +Susan Marinello's #InspiredByLiterature  ___

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2014-01-19 19:51:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.___

2014-01-19 19:51:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Added photos to January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings.

Added photos to January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings.___

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2014-01-19 19:47:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.___

2014-01-19 19:47:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Added photos to The Selfy Sunday Project.

Added photos to The Selfy Sunday Project.___

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2014-01-09 02:27:22 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Asylum Camping

The notion of camping out in an abandoned insane asylum, waking up before first light and catching faint glimpses of lighting from outside hitting cracked paint, might not immediately appeal to all.  But it's actually quite a wonderful experience.  Entering a building in the middle of the night, quietly setting up a campsite with minimal light, and then popping off to sleep to wait for your alarm to tell you that you have 10 minutes until you must start your first exposure is a singular feeling.  There is a unique quiet, an omnipresent solitude that inhabits these places that are inhabited by little else.

I had three campsites at Buffalo State Hospital between 2003 and 2008.  The first was rudimentary; it consisted of a group of us sleeping on our jackets in a random room in the central pavilion, right under the giant Romanesque towers.  The second wasslig... more »

Asylum Camping

The notion of camping out in an abandoned insane asylum, waking up before first light and catching faint glimpses of lighting from outside hitting cracked paint, might not immediately appeal to all.  But it's actually quite a wonderful experience.  Entering a building in the middle of the night, quietly setting up a campsite with minimal light, and then popping off to sleep to wait for your alarm to tell you that you have 10 minutes until you must start your first exposure is a singular feeling.  There is a unique quiet, an omnipresent solitude that inhabits these places that are inhabited by little else.

I had three campsites at Buffalo State Hospital between 2003 and 2008.  The first was rudimentary; it consisted of a group of us sleeping on our jackets in a random room in the central pavilion, right under the giant Romanesque towers.  The second was slightly more robust - the kitchen annex contained some unused pieces of (non-asbestos) sheet insulation, and we placed found blankets on top of these to kip out on.  But it was the third and final campsite that was really a winner.  My group for my final weekend found two patient mattresses in reasonable condition in a half-collapsed hallway.  We managed to carry them up to the attic, and then two of us made a supply run to K-Mart.  We purchased sheets and pillows, and brought them back into the building - we were camping in style!  The first morning in that attic, it was a joy to wake up, camera already set up, and start looking for shots.  This was about the fourth I took that day, on a ward just below that campsite.  Civil twilight was just about to end, and dawn was just about to break.  That was my last weekend in my favorite asylum, and by far the most memorable.

Print available here: http://smu.gs/1ij2otS___

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2014-01-05 18:51:09 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

A Big Announcement!

So many of you have probably noticed that I've barely been around on social media as of late - the reason for this is that I've been negotiating for a book project with People Inc. Press of Buffalo to write a monograph on my favorite building.  I can officially announce that contracts have been signed and work on the book is underway!  So here's the first of many new images from my favorite building to be posted, this one of a stack of chairs left in a sickly-yellow room on Ward 4 in the building.  Thanks for bearing with me during my absence, and I can't wait to share more details (and photos) as work on the book speeds up!

A Big Announcement!

So many of you have probably noticed that I've barely been around on social media as of late - the reason for this is that I've been negotiating for a book project with People Inc. Press of Buffalo to write a monograph on my favorite building.  I can officially announce that contracts have been signed and work on the book is underway!  So here's the first of many new images from my favorite building to be posted, this one of a stack of chairs left in a sickly-yellow room on Ward 4 in the building.  Thanks for bearing with me during my absence, and I can't wait to share more details (and photos) as work on the book speeds up!___

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2013-12-07 05:28:03 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

The Tower

Available on +SmugMug - along with hundreds of other prints - at 40% off through the end of the year with code "KLholiday2013" - this print is here: http://smu.gs/1iIUI7L

Starring Rayne Tupelo (raynetupelo.com); for #LyricallyInspired  by +Jason Jakober, +Amanda Recker & +Tara Romasanta; taken during the last moments of sunset in the Beury tower in Philly.

A thousand years shimmer on her face
Cut inside she regains the taste
She knocks the flowers from the window side
They fall to the ground they fall to the ground
Hide away from the raging sun
You hide your love from the fire beyond
Fields of the Nephilim - The Tower

The Tower

Available on +SmugMug - along with hundreds of other prints - at 40% off through the end of the year with code "KLholiday2013" - this print is here: http://smu.gs/1iIUI7L

Starring Rayne Tupelo (raynetupelo.com); for #LyricallyInspired  by +Jason Jakober, +Amanda Recker & +Tara Romasanta; taken during the last moments of sunset in the Beury tower in Philly.

A thousand years shimmer on her face
Cut inside she regains the taste
She knocks the flowers from the window side
They fall to the ground they fall to the ground
Hide away from the raging sun
You hide your love from the fire beyond
Fields of the Nephilim - The Tower___

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2013-12-04 21:40:13 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

'Tis the season - 40% off all +SmugMug sales through the New Year!

Looking for something new to adorn your walls for the New Year?  Still need to find the perfect gift for that (weird) art connoisseur friend?  I've got a coupon up on SmugMug so that all sales - no matter how big or small - are 40% off through the New Year!  Photos from my "Beauty in Decay" series, pictured here, are available, as are hundreds of my architectural images.  So why not browse over to http://ianference.smugmug.com/ to have a look around, and then check out with the coupon "KLholiday2013"?  Happy Holidays all!

'Tis the season - 40% off all +SmugMug sales through the New Year!

Looking for something new to adorn your walls for the New Year?  Still need to find the perfect gift for that (weird) art connoisseur friend?  I've got a coupon up on SmugMug so that all sales - no matter how big or small - are 40% off through the New Year!  Photos from my "Beauty in Decay" series, pictured here, are available, as are hundreds of my architectural images.  So why not browse over to http://ianference.smugmug.com/ to have a look around, and then check out with the coupon "KLholiday2013"?  Happy Holidays all!___

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2013-11-18 19:51:22 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Dorm Life

Although the popular vision of the public asylum envisions a single patient in a bedroom, or perhaps roommates sharing a space, common dorms - such as the one pictured here, from Norwich State Hospital - were very common, particularly after the increased overcrowding that began at the end of the 19th century. It was, of course, more cost-effective to house many restful patients in one room, and this allowed nurses and orderlies to keep watch with minimal effort. But one wonders what impact a lack of privacy may have had on the patients of these institutions - solitude only attainable sporadically, and only at the whim of the staff.

Print available here: http://smu.gs/1ioW3xY

Dorm Life

Although the popular vision of the public asylum envisions a single patient in a bedroom, or perhaps roommates sharing a space, common dorms - such as the one pictured here, from Norwich State Hospital - were very common, particularly after the increased overcrowding that began at the end of the 19th century. It was, of course, more cost-effective to house many restful patients in one room, and this allowed nurses and orderlies to keep watch with minimal effort. But one wonders what impact a lack of privacy may have had on the patients of these institutions - solitude only attainable sporadically, and only at the whim of the staff.

Print available here: http://smu.gs/1ioW3xY___

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2013-11-10 17:40:59 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Stark Tower

The medical tower at Harlem Valley State Hospital, in Wingdale, NY, is a stark place indeed.  Much like other asylum buildings built on the mid-19th century tower model - Bonner at Danvers, Terrance at Rochester, Cheney at Hudson Valley - every design decision was utilitarian.  Pictured here is a nurses' station overlooking the recovery ward outside the surgical suite in the tower, placed and designed for maximal view in multiple directions, and designed so that nurses could reach patients quickly.  The starkness of this 11th floor scene is emphasized by the early morning light.

Print available on SmugMug here: http://smu.gs/1iX87nC

Stark Tower

The medical tower at Harlem Valley State Hospital, in Wingdale, NY, is a stark place indeed.  Much like other asylum buildings built on the mid-19th century tower model - Bonner at Danvers, Terrance at Rochester, Cheney at Hudson Valley - every design decision was utilitarian.  Pictured here is a nurses' station overlooking the recovery ward outside the surgical suite in the tower, placed and designed for maximal view in multiple directions, and designed so that nurses could reach patients quickly.  The starkness of this 11th floor scene is emphasized by the early morning light.

Print available on SmugMug here: http://smu.gs/1iX87nC___

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2013-10-12 17:22:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

24,000+ and counting - nice to meet you!

Having been away for a while camping in the Adirondacks and pursuing some of my artistic endeavors, I didn't realize that I'd surpassed 24,000 people circling me - I'm honored!  Unfortunately, I don't have time to check in frequently enough to meet everybody who stops by, but that's what this post is for - hey new Googly friends, leave a link to your favorite photo album in the comments here and I will take a look at your work!  It'd be good to get to know some more of the photographers around here!

Meanwhile, here is a shot from the Kirkbride building at Trenton State Hospital in 2010.  A lone wheelchair sat in the outermost ward hallway on an upper floor; it created a nice silhouette in the setting sun.

24,000+ and counting - nice to meet you!

Having been away for a while camping in the Adirondacks and pursuing some of my artistic endeavors, I didn't realize that I'd surpassed 24,000 people circling me - I'm honored!  Unfortunately, I don't have time to check in frequently enough to meet everybody who stops by, but that's what this post is for - hey new Googly friends, leave a link to your favorite photo album in the comments here and I will take a look at your work!  It'd be good to get to know some more of the photographers around here!

Meanwhile, here is a shot from the Kirkbride building at Trenton State Hospital in 2010.  A lone wheelchair sat in the outermost ward hallway on an upper floor; it created a nice silhouette in the setting sun.___

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2013-10-02 20:00:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Just posted a new gallery of images to SmugMug exploring the engine house at the New Milford plant of the Hackensack Water Works.  This complex, in Oradell, NJ, is one of the most historically significant standing water works complexes in America, especially because of the 5-story Allis-Chalmers VTE pumping engine in the engine house addition.

Just posted a new gallery of images to SmugMug exploring the engine house at the New Milford plant of the Hackensack Water Works.  This complex, in Oradell, NJ, is one of the most historically significant standing water works complexes in America, especially because of the 5-story Allis-Chalmers VTE pumping engine in the engine house addition.___

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2013-09-22 17:08:49 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

It's now been over two years since I've set foot on North Brother Island, which makes me sad.  But I also just realized that this just about marks my 2 year anniversary here on Google Plus!  I joined shortly after my final trip to the Island, and my first share was an album with 20 photos from that final trip.  Here's one of the exteriors I got showing the wrath of kudzu that had built up over the island; I've heard tell that, recently, it has become such a jungle that it's hard to get more than a few feet inland from the shore.  Here's to a happy two years on Google Plus; love to all my Googlies!

It's now been over two years since I've set foot on North Brother Island, which makes me sad.  But I also just realized that this just about marks my 2 year anniversary here on Google Plus!  I joined shortly after my final trip to the Island, and my first share was an album with 20 photos from that final trip.  Here's one of the exteriors I got showing the wrath of kudzu that had built up over the island; I've heard tell that, recently, it has become such a jungle that it's hard to get more than a few feet inland from the shore.  Here's to a happy two years on Google Plus; love to all my Googlies!___

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2013-09-17 17:06:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Evidence to the Contrary

Buildings F, G, and H at Mayview State Hospital - only two of which still remain - are often referred to as the "tubercular wards".  But were they?  Certainly not at the end of their lifecycles of use.  While their general layout certainly points towards their use as containment buildings for patients infected with pulmonary tuberculosis, this note - found tacked to the back of a door in one of the buildings - makes it clear that their final use, likely in the mid-late Sixties, by the date at bottom left, was as a nurses' residence.  Note the use of "persons" instead of "patients" and the clear level of self-responsibility assigned to residents.  Nevertheless, by the Sixties, Mayview may not have needed tubercular wards, and that could indeed have been their original purpose - further research is required.

Evidence to the Contrary

Buildings F, G, and H at Mayview State Hospital - only two of which still remain - are often referred to as the "tubercular wards".  But were they?  Certainly not at the end of their lifecycles of use.  While their general layout certainly points towards their use as containment buildings for patients infected with pulmonary tuberculosis, this note - found tacked to the back of a door in one of the buildings - makes it clear that their final use, likely in the mid-late Sixties, by the date at bottom left, was as a nurses' residence.  Note the use of "persons" instead of "patients" and the clear level of self-responsibility assigned to residents.  Nevertheless, by the Sixties, Mayview may not have needed tubercular wards, and that could indeed have been their original purpose - further research is required.___

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2013-09-15 16:24:54 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Tombstone for The Steel City

Pittsburgh has two notable nicknames.  It is perhaps known best as "The Steel City", in honor of its history as the seat of the American steel industry.  And it is also well known as "The City of Bridges", in honor of the fact that it boasts 446 bridges - more than any other city on earth.  But in this day and age, it seems appropriate to consider retiring the first of these monikers - already declining by the 1970s, the steel industry imploded in the 80s, and has largely vanished from the city and its outlying regions.

Perhaps the best memorial for the city's steel industry are Carrie Furnaces #6 and #7, the last remaining non-operational furnaces in the area, operated from 1907 to 1978 and located just outside of the city in Ranking.  Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, these furnaces were a part of theeno... more »

Tombstone for The Steel City

Pittsburgh has two notable nicknames.  It is perhaps known best as "The Steel City", in honor of its history as the seat of the American steel industry.  And it is also well known as "The City of Bridges", in honor of the fact that it boasts 446 bridges - more than any other city on earth.  But in this day and age, it seems appropriate to consider retiring the first of these monikers - already declining by the 1970s, the steel industry imploded in the 80s, and has largely vanished from the city and its outlying regions.

Perhaps the best memorial for the city's steel industry are Carrie Furnaces #6 and #7, the last remaining non-operational furnaces in the area, operated from 1907 to 1978 and located just outside of the city in Ranking.  Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, these furnaces were a part of the enormous Homestead Steel Works, a major part of the steel industry in the area, founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1888 and sold to US Steel at the dawn of the 20th century.  Notable as the site where striking union workers fortified the compound and captured 300 armed Pinkertons, Homestead would be a centerpiece of the Pittsburgh-area steel industry for over a century.  But by the mid-1980s, it folded, and most of it was demolished.

But the two Carrie Furnaces still stand, waiting for funding to be turned into a public monument to the steel industry in Pittsburgh.  And, as pictured here, they look quite lovely at sundown.  Perhaps the sun has set on "The Steel City", but Pittsburgh remains vibrant - having largely survived both the death of its main industry and the subprime mortgage collapse, it stands as a glowing counterpoint to other former industrial cities such as Gary and Detroit.  And meanwhile, the Carrie Furnaces stand tall in Rankin, hardly touched by time.___

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2013-09-11 17:03:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  ___

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2013-09-01 20:49:41 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Be Quick or Be Dead

Being a modern ruins photographer can be stressful.  When I heard about the imminent destruction of the Clocktower building at Worcester State Hospital, I knew I had to get out there as quickly as possible for a final round of photos - I hadn't been inside since 2006.  This stately building - the centerpiece of a grand Kirkbride-plan insane asylum in central Massachusetts - was being demolished because the state couldn't be bothered to stabilize it; there was talk of saving the actual clocktower, and we'll see where that goes.  But in any case, within weeks of hearing, I'd made it from North Carolina out to MA, hopped the three fences standing between myself and the building, and found my way inside.  I spent some glorious final hours shooting during the best lighting conditions I've ever seen in that building, and then it was time to scamperbef... more »

Be Quick or Be Dead

Being a modern ruins photographer can be stressful.  When I heard about the imminent destruction of the Clocktower building at Worcester State Hospital, I knew I had to get out there as quickly as possible for a final round of photos - I hadn't been inside since 2006.  This stately building - the centerpiece of a grand Kirkbride-plan insane asylum in central Massachusetts - was being demolished because the state couldn't be bothered to stabilize it; there was talk of saving the actual clocktower, and we'll see where that goes.  But in any case, within weeks of hearing, I'd made it from North Carolina out to MA, hopped the three fences standing between myself and the building, and found my way inside.  I spent some glorious final hours shooting during the best lighting conditions I've ever seen in that building, and then it was time to scamper before the campus heated up.  I'm glad I did.  I finally got good takes on all five floors of this floating staircase; here's the fourth floor.___

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2013-08-31 19:13:12 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!___

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2013-08-28 15:18:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

#WordlessWednesday   #WordlessOnWednesday  

#WordlessWednesday   #WordlessOnWednesday  ___

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2013-08-23 17:18:23 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Happy (belated) Birthday, Woodpile!

So I was busy yesterday and didn't log on, but this morning a little birdie told me that yesterday was +Samir Osman's birthday!  Hope it was a great one, my friend, and meanwhile, I dedicate this photo of Jenifer M sleeping on the edge of the choir loft in an abandoned Catholic church to you, Mr. Woodpile.  Many happy returns!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Woodpile!

So I was busy yesterday and didn't log on, but this morning a little birdie told me that yesterday was +Samir Osman's birthday!  Hope it was a great one, my friend, and meanwhile, I dedicate this photo of Jenifer M sleeping on the edge of the choir loft in an abandoned Catholic church to you, Mr. Woodpile.  Many happy returns!___

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