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Piotr Tymiński0URBEX PHOTOGRAPHERS v.1A circle of my urbex shooters for you to enjoy. A wide variety of styles - from HDR to almost documentary. I'm sure you will be inspired by some of the work presented in the streams of these fine ladies and gentlemen.I did every effort to include only the people who show their own original work and do not jam their streams with garbage. But since I am only a fragile human it's possible (although unlikely as I am also a genius, too) that I made a small mistake or two. Don't be scared to yell at me then and I'll do my best to clean things up.There are some more good photographers which I stumbled upon, but since the accounts did not seem to be updated recently I decided not to include them. So no junk or dead pages here.G+ is a vast resource and there's no way on Earth I could find all the great people of the genre so if you think you would fit in in the circle please give me a shout. Your kind suggestions in respect of adding some folk which I had surely missed would be greatly appreciated.Sharing of the circle is obviously appreciated, too. It's for everybody to enjoy and get inspired, so no harm in sharing:)And no, you do not need to circle me, buy me vodka or feed my cat just because I included you in the circle.#circles #circleshare #sharedcircle #urbex #abandoned #ue #derelict2014-04-20 12:59:20105235CC G+
John Nuntiatio33,516#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-13 08:24:4328441310CC G+
Daily Photography Themes16,531Curators CircleIt's been a while since we shared the latest Curators circle. So here they all are, all 468 of 'em. #dptcurators  (pd)2014-03-14 07:44:2446826830CC G+
Ajaydev Vijayakumar1,604Some really interesting people are included in this circle, most of them will add you back.To make sure you are in the next circle,Do include yourself,share and comment; #awesomecircles #circle #photography2014-01-16 12:28:44479001CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Diamonds.2013-11-15 00:05:422766211CC G+
Sherrie von Sternberg3,312I call this circle... The Chosen Few   In it you will find an assortment of most interesting people.  Photographers, yes, but thinkers and doers and people who LOVE with absolute passion the life they choose to lead. Enjoy2013-10-14 17:42:4220256518CC G+
Philip Daly15,073Curators CircleIt's been a while since I shared my Awesome Curators circle.Cool folks all!Unfortunately, G+ only allows 500 per share and truncates out the rest. I've no way of knowing who got cut so apologies if you're not in2013-09-15 08:04:0050116818CC G+
Daily Photography Themes16,014Curators CircleThe latest version of our curators circle.for +Pam Boling  ;)2013-09-04 20:09:324309212CC G+
Georges Pauly14,521Thomas HawkShared publicly  -  30 Aug 2013 2500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-09-01 19:56:06482204CC G+
Thomas Hawk6,111,0232500 Kick Ass Google+ Photographers (part 2 of 5)This is the fifth time I've shared my photographer's circle on Google+.  I'm going to share it in 5 posts.  Yesterday I shared last name A-Da.  This one , part 2 of 5, today, represents Da-Ho.  I'll share the remaining three next week.  I originally shared my photographers circle at 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 photographers.  I'll probably share it again eventually when it gets to 3,000.A few notes about this circle.The criteria that I look for (and don't always get right) in this circle is that the photographer produce interesting and engaging photography.  I also look for people who are active in the community, post mostly their own work, and post regularly.  I'm looking more for people who post their own work and less of the noise stuff (gifs, links, non-photography, promotions, etc.).  I also like people who are positive, friendly, nice, helpful, etc. and dislike people who are mean, snarky, jerks, disrespectful, etc.I have a pretty well known bias against signatures and watermarks.  You will see very few photographers in my circles who use them.  I really hate the watermark debate and would rather not have it with folks.  I just don't like them -- it's my circle that I have to look at.  There are likely a few folks in here who use them who are friends of mine, but for the most part, this is a pretty watermark free circle.  It's totally cool if you love your watermark, it's just not something I really want to look at.  Please don't hate me for my aesthetic preference.  Finally, the photography community on Google+ is probably the best one on the internet today.  There is no way that I can possibly include all of the fine photographers worth following on G+.  There are wayyyyy too many.  These are just 2,500 that I personally have noticed.  I'm sure I left out some really amazing ones -- like you if you are not in this circle :)  I'll probably also totally kick myself when I realize that I accidentally left out a really obvious good one who may even be a friend of mine -- again, maybe even like you.  :)Stay tuned for parts 3, 4 and 5 and thanks again to all of the great photographers on G+ who make this place such a delight to hang out.Part 1-5:  http://goo.gl/17ujpn*Note, Google Circles are terribly wonky.  It wouldn't let me add some photographers in my circle into these circles because of domain errors.  If this affected you, sorry about that.2013-08-30 13:49:174826527123CC G+
Peter Bryant7,517Fill your stream with great photosAdd these guys if you enjoy seeing original, awesome, photos in your stream. I've been curating this list for a couple of years.  I typically cherry pick people here only after viewing their stream and seeing a consistent set of images I enjoy.  I mostly don't put people here that simply re-share photos.There are a few of the 'to be expected' photo big shots.  Plus a few great (yet unknown, uncommonly followed) photographers.+Shared Circles on G+ #sharedcircles #photographers  2013-07-23 02:10:15373839CC G+
Boris Gorelik45,499#newyorkcity   #newyork   #sharedcircles   #photography   #photographers  2013-06-14 17:08:14294000CC G+
Johnathan Yesson994#Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleday #shared #circleday2013-06-12 12:49:4450120623CC G+
David Bowden36,873Folks...It's that time again...Hey Google+It's my B&W circle share time! Each photographer in the circle is personally reviewed before being added. If you like B&W photography this is the circle of people to take a look at. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLEPhotographersAre you a B&W shooter..? do you shoot over 40% of your images in B&W..? if so you need to be in this circle. Its one of the most shared on Google+.To learn what it takes to be included please visit this post:https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/CvM99cDE1E9Thanks everyone, Enjoy !</david>2013-06-08 09:47:35493191025CC G+
Johnathan Yesson803#Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleday #shared #circleday2013-06-04 13:39:23501221130CC G+
Rome Heels737Most followed active photographers and friends sharing content on G+ Thanks to +Charles Lupica for the sharing. #sharedcircle #sharedicircles  2013-05-17 09:23:345001110CC G+
Charles Lupica66,461             Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: A to JThis  is the first of two circles,  I'll share the second circle this weekend so that they're not so on top of each other.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers.Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Kat Scan and +Margaret Tompkins.  They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount.  Thank you all for all of your help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script is provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities or people that interact a lot with other people but don't post their own work will get filtered out along with the people that aren't really active.  ValidationThese two circles were very heavily vetted.  Of the original 2000 names, nearly 35% do not appear in either circle.  This is a result of the filtering I mentioned above and vetting of ever single profile in the list until we had enough names to make a list of 1000 names.  The list was divided into 6 parts with Bill Wood, Gemma Costa, Jen Baptist, Kat Scan, Margaret Tompkins and me each taking a group of names.  I tried to assign the list so that the pe2013-05-16 16:41:2850113082147CC G+
Pierre Beaubié291Active Canon Photographers===========================This is a public circle of talented, gifted, generous, kind, awesomeCanon Photographers on G+!Look at their work, communicate and learn from them.If you would like to be circulated here in order to discovernew people with similar interest and to gain more followers,please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT:====================1) Add this circle to your circles - Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle" and original text + hashtags (copy, paste). Done -#cercle #Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC#circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles2013-04-08 09:43:3050113112CC G+
Charles Lupica60,136►►►►►►►═════════════════════◄◄◄◄◄◄◄         Top 500 most followed photographers          ►►►►►►►═════════════════════◄◄◄◄◄◄◄Once again it's time to share my circle of the top 500 most followed photographers.  I'm sharing the circle here but I posted the the full list as a series of posts on +Most Followed Photographers on G+. Photographers with an " * " in front of their name are not included in the numbered count because they only share outside content,  their content is content suitable to a blog and usually has no images associated with it, or they have become mostly or completely inactive on G+.This list was complied from two previous lists and a line-by-line search of CircleCount.  If you know of someone that should have been on the list and isn't, the most likely cause is that their +CircleCount profile doesn't include the word photographer, or camera, photo, or foto. Or, I had a senior moment and missed them.  I thought I had avoided that this time but I still managed to miss +Magnus Ericson should should be around 454. I noticed some interesting things when compiling this circle.  There are a lot of people that moved into the top 500 that abandoned G+ for some reason or their interaction has become one post a month.  I have also noticed that many of the photographers in this group have a lower follower count than they had 6 weeks to 8 weeks ago.  I'm not sure what conclusion can be drawn from this but I find it very curious.To view the lists please see the following links.001 to 080: http://goo.gl/mmr7w  4'431'409 - 55771081 to 160: http://goo.gl/mXuup  55368 - 37454161 to 240: http://goo.gl/rLmy1  37343 - 30457241 to 320: http://goo.gl/o06Hy  30131 -25785321 to 390: http://goo.gl/747Lf  25760 -23013390 to 450: http://goo.gl/xDc2D  23006 - 21347450 to 510: http://goo.gl/sEnac  21321 - 194402013-02-23 23:33:1450013641100CC G+
David Bowden36,340B&W Circle Share - Feb 5, 2013Hey Google+This is the largest B&W circle of photographers on Google+. Each photographer in the circle is personally reviewed before being added. If you like B&W photography this is the circle of people to take a look at. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLEPhotographersAre you a B&W shooter..? do you shoot over 40% of your images in B&W..? if so you need to be in this circle. Its one of the most shared on Google+.To learn what it takes to be included please visit this post:https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/CvM99cDE1E9Thanks everyone, Enjoy !</david>2013-02-05 08:22:29501482659CC G+
Gene Bowker45,757Photographers to follow 2013 #alphabetcircles    by +Gene Bowker First Name H-JSo how did I decide who is in the circles this time?1) Active : They have posted within the last month. With the holidays a lot of folks have slowed down but these folks are still there. Yes, I visited each stream.2) Original These photographers are sharing "THEIR OWN WORK" and their stream is mostly photography. 3) Interactive I try to find folks who are interactive and comment on their own posts and the posts of others.There are some names you will recognize in here for sure but there are also some folks you probably don't know yet. Hopefully you will take some time to check them out and see if they have room in your circles.Not in hereGo ahead and circle the folks in the circle anyway =) Then you can read more about how I select at https://plus.google.com/111112809838472063992/posts/NeJZXLJ6oQBBe Original. Be Active. Be Interactive.There is a good chance we'll cross paths before I share the circles again.Feel free to reshare in your stream!I love it when people take the time to reshare these circles.It allows my friends to be introduced to your friends.. and promotes some great photography on G+.Here are the #alphabetcircles for 2013A-Chttps://plus.google.com/111112809838472063992/posts/YUPre2B2kckD-Ghttps://plus.google.com/111112809838472063992/posts/4ZJPzcPtrizH-Jhttps://plus.google.com/111112809838472063992/posts/eKB7DCAVG3tK-Mhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/HvFzPoFpE7CN-Shttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/TX3VXzpLCeWT-Zhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111112809838472063992/posts/THeMhf2Am7f2013-01-25 01:12:01159692352CC G+
André Roßbach11,673------------------------------------------------------------------Plus One Collection 2012 - inofficial circle ------------------------------------------------------------------Here's the list of the artists included in the print version of the +Plus One Collection book 2012.See the official list of +Ivan Makarov and +Andy Lee  on http://plusonecollection.com/2012-artists/#PlusOneCollection20122013-01-23 22:20:052834218CC G+
Jeff Sullivan1,152,722Most-Followed 500 Photographers CircleWhile a circle like this has the obvious drawback of missing some excellent photographers newer to the site, Charles often follows up his Top 500 Most Followed Photographer circle with circles going all the way down to photographers with less than 5000 contacts.  Here are four circles Charles has created to help us discover and recognize photographers at all levels within the G+ community:Under 5000 -    Under 7500 -    Under 15,000 - 500 Most Followed Photographers - (here)I like to interact with people who are active in photography... share at least a photo or two of their own original work per week, so I'll slowly whittle the circle down to a stream of excellent photography (I've started, but may not finish for a few weeks).---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+Charles Lupica  Charles Lupica Dec 25, 2012 (edited)  -  Public►►►►►►►═════════════════════◄◄◄◄◄◄◄         Top 500 most followed photographers list                   circle of 500             and Group 6: 421 to 500►►►►►►►═════════════════════◄◄◄◄◄◄◄If you're not in this circle and you think you should be, I'm sorry.  I have missed a few people by pure accident.  My methods are entirely manual and I do miss people.  I have checked every profile and I have included only those people that share their own work, and share it on G+. Bloggers and people doing mostly reshares weren't included. Some big name photographers that don't share a lot of their own work were included - sorry for the double standard. Here is the 6th and last part  of my list of the top 500 most followed photographers - Here are links to the previous parts of the list.Group 1: http://tinyurl.com/cf58vws - 1 to 100Group 2: http://tinyurl.com/bodaspk - 101 to 193Group 3: http://tinyurl.com/bsb87u4 - 194 to 250 and circleGroup 4: http://tinyurl.com/d4ulv6q  - 250 to 340Group 5: http://tinyurl.com/cjpmgy4 - 341 to 420 Group 6: 421 to 500 and circle of 500 (this post)If you are on this list, I urge you to comment, plus and share the post. I have sifted through lots of pages and circles as well as http://circlecount.com/  to try to get an accurate list. If I'm missing anyone, please let me know.  I have specifically left off a few people who only share links to their content housed elsewhere,  people who share a lot of other people's work without sharing their own, or people that appear to be inactive. The rank numbers are off by 1 because I included the same person twice in an earlier list.#Top500CircleDec   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  420 +Jennifer Luzio 21797421 +Matt Suess 21794422 +2013-01-07 15:33:25500221451CC G+
M Monica0#SharedCircles   #Photography  Small Photography CircleThis is a small circle of my favorite photographers on G+. Some are well known, but the majority are not- some are just starting out here, and barely known. These are the people I check most often because I like their style. (Also a couple of artists thrown in here.) If you want to add a small circle, I really recommend it. BTW if you want to be added to this circle, follow these steps:1. Reshare the circle.2. Plus mention +M Monica and let me know you feel you qualify as a beginning photographer. I will add you to the original circle. I'm building this one up to 100 people, at which point I will share again. 3. Please don't add your name or ask to be added to the circle if you don't qualify or are not interested in photography. This is not about getting more followers; this is for people interested in photography to add like minded people and connect with others who have just started, or who already know a lot. +Best Shared Circle +Shared Pages Circles +SharedCircles 2012-12-13 17:50:17252112CC G+
Thomas Hawk4,072,391Congratulations to the first 100 contributors to the Light Box.  All 108 of these photographers have had images voted into the Light Box.   The Light Box is a fun new dynamic photography community on Google+ http://goo.gl/jisrZ  where photographers submit their photos for voting/critique by their peers.  10 saves and the photo is voted into the Light Box.  10 deletes and the photo is rejected.  Check it out if you have some time (remember to vote on 15 photos before submitting your own).  These 108 photographers are talented, active community members who you might like to get to know. Check out the great work they've had voted in so far here:  http://goo.gl/c45MQI'll share this circle again when we get to 200.  :)2012-12-10 18:36:14108241470CC G+
Michael Earley15,377We have had a lot of new contributors joining us in the last few weeks. Please update your circle. If you do not have in your circles, you might be missing some really exciting photographers. We now have two circles so please be sure to add both. Thanks from all of us +Gene Bowker  +Joe Paul  +Steve Boyko   and my self +Michael Earley  for sharing with us.2012-12-05 17:54:1149916419CC G+
Christian Gruner8,865Today  I will share my Urbex circle!All of the photographers make urbex pictures, are friends of lost places or have Urbex pictures in her album. Reshare this circle and don't forget to put me into the circle. #urbex   #talkurbex   #lostplace   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #decay  2012-12-01 09:20:1183807CC G+
Mark Gaw2,399Through A LensThis circle contains photographers who make photos' of just about everything. The photos' they make are excellent and that I enjoy viewing. You may find some in the circle to add to your photography circles. #photography   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2012-11-23 14:55:32110505CC G+
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941182385CC G+
Daily Photography Themes12,906The Original and Best source for all Themes under the sunCurators2012-11-15 07:53:09381282554CC G+
David Bowden34,725"The" B&W Circle on Google+Everyone, its that time again (well I am a few days late) to share the B&W circle. Last month we had hit 500 officially. This month we are at 497 as some people had dropped off or quit using Google+.This circle is a selection of personally reviewed and selected photographers who shoot a large portion (40% or more) of their work in B&W.There are some excellent artists in this circle. I encourage you to take a look at their work and share the circle. This circle is in the top 100 shared on Google+ thanks to all of you.PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLEPhotographersAre you a B&W shooter..? do you shoot over 40% of your images in B&W..? if so you need to be in this circle. Its one of the most shared on Google+.To learn what it takes to be included please visit this post:https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/CvM99cDE1E9Thanks everyone, Enjoy !</david>2012-10-23 04:39:52497602657CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971201281CC G+
Michael Earley14,047Another big thanks to all who shared this week. I have to tell  you that when I open G+ the first thing on Tuesdays and see 80 or 90 notifications at first I think ohhhh then I plow in and enjoy every one of them... some time later when I am finished looking at all the wonderful images I really feel great... but then I look up and 90 more notifications.... ohhhh nooooo... but it is worth it and I learn so much.. thanks to all of you from +Gene Bowker +Steve Boyko +Joe Paul and myself +Michael Earley   please save this and share it as well as the part 2 circle.... they may have come late to the party, but each and everyone of them are talented artist..2012-10-03 23:45:31498161023CC G+
David Bowden34,319FINALLYI thought I would re-share this circle in celebration of it hitting 500. For over a year I have looked, reviewed and added people that excel at taking B&W photography. This isnt just a mass add circle. This is a collection of artists that focus on B&W and enjoy sharing.I have looked at every person in this circle and recommend them highly. If you like B&W work, this is a great circle to have.Thanks to everyone who has been with me and helped build this circle. I am constantly inspired by your work and enjoy sharing it with my followers and the Google+ community.</david>2012-09-29 02:37:2050027950CC G+
David Bowden34,029B&W Circle Share - September 2012Hey Google+This is the largest B&W circle of photographers on Google+. Each photographer in the circle is personally reviewed before being added. If you like B&W photography this is the circle of people to take a look at. Now at 462.PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLEPhotographersAre you a B&W shooter..? do you shoot over 40% of your images in B&W..? if so you need to be in this circle. Its one of the most shared on Google+.To learn what it takes to be included please visit this post:https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/CvM99cDE1E9Thanks everyone, Enjoy !</david>2012-09-16 09:08:32489423962CC G+
Rznag Rmrod37,806UrbexOne of my most loved circles. It` s just very small but so awesome urbex stuff in here and i` ve seen so much great urbex shots the last days from this circle that i thought it would be time again to share it. If you like urbex, decay and abandoned buildings you shouldn` t miss this.2012-09-11 11:39:1660709CC G+
Lorena Masi18,024This is the third time I share a circle, and it's always this one, it's a dynamic one, some new faces, some known ones... I call it Awesome Inspiration. In it you'll find 68 different ways of seeing the world, and this 68 ways inspire me the most, I hope they can inspire you as well! :)Cheers!2012-09-02 19:21:376828538CC G+
Carolyn St.Charles3,723|ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:|:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss||ss  |ss                                 THANK YOU CIRCLE         |ss                                     +SacredSunday™          |ss                                     AUGUST 26, 2012        |ss  |ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:|:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss:ss|Another great week of sharing is complete. 172 contributors shared over 200 images and thoughts of the sacred for Sunday August 26, 2012.THANK YOU, everyone who contributed to +SacredSunday™   this week from Curators,   +Chatchai Rombix    +Justin Hill    +Steve Barge     +Robyn Morrison   +Manfred Berndtgen    +Sherrie von Sternberg  and    +Carolyn St.Charles  If you were missed, we apologize. Please forgive our oversight.  Mentioning the curators in your post will help insure that your contribution will not be missed again. Everyone has something they hold sacredThe sacred relates to your faith and its expression. It may relate to your religion, denomination or community.  +SacredSunday™   does not select one faith tradition over another. Its purpose is to provide a respectful environment for all to share what is sacred to them, what has deeper meaning than just liking. Your contribution may be something from yours or from another's path that resonates with you. It can be a visual capture of thought expressed as architecture, design, detail, nature, color or qualities such as joy, beauty, peace or spirit.  +SacredSunday™   expects a sense of decorum, honor or awe. So be respectful, be on toipc, be loving, be kind, be curious sharing and caring. Follow the Golden Rule that we alll know.People have found that contributiong introduced them to people they had not met before. Others have said they enjoy seeing what touches the heart of another.  We hope you will join in and find us a loving an2012-08-30 23:10:4917213414CC G+
Lotus Carroll1,659,859+Photo Talk Plus Alumni CircleWow, +Thomas Hawk and I have done 36 shows - here are all the people who have helped us along the way with discussion and interviews, laughs, good times, and lots of glasses of wine. Such an amazing group of people - you couldn't go wrong circling them and getting to know them better. :) Thank you so much to all of you who have been a part of this, and to everyone who watches and supports the show. You guys seriously rock!Thanks to the Always Awesome +Keith Barrett for helping us broadcast and providing a chatroom for our fun loving viewers, and to our amazing sponsors who support our show and share our enthusiasm for the photography community: +Adorama / http://adorama.com+Blurb Books / http://blurb.com+Drobo / http://drobo.com+SmugMug / http://smugmug.comSubscribe to YouTube here: http://goo.gl/JTyHnSubscribe to our Podcast on iTunes: http://goo.gl/RBd0g Follow us at +Photo Talk Plus  & http://phototalkplus.com for more!2012-08-24 02:00:1113020774CC G+
Thomas Hawk3,183,511A GREAT circle to add!  Wow!  I can't believe we have had 131 different guests/panelists on 36 episodes of Photo Talk Plus now.  These are some of the most active, engaged, talented photographers on G+ and big time contributors to our photo community here.Thanks to all of you for coming on the show at some point in the past year (and if we forgot anyone so so sorry) and for participating and for helping us week in and week out to review top photography stories on G+ and some great interviews with some super talented people.Thanks especially to our sponsors who make the show possible each week +Adorama +Blurb Books +Drobo and +SmugMug.  Check them out at http://adorama.com http://blurb.com http://drobo.com and http://smugmug.com 2012-08-23 22:54:32131389127CC G+
Sign Sunday3,752_____________________________SIGN SUNDAY THANK YOU CIRCLE_____________________________This circle contains people who have contributed to #SignSunday  over the past month AND are also following the +Sign Sunday page. Many of these people are regular contributors, thank you for keeping the theme going strong!I wasn't able to add about another 150 people because they aren't following the page yet. If you are one of those people, as soon as you follow the page you'll be added to the circle for the next share. If you are following the page and I still somehow missed you please accept my sincerest apologies and let me know so I can add you.REMINDER that I am still looking for help with curating. If you are interested get in touch with +Lori Carey Happy Sign Hunting!2012-08-21 22:14:00158117CC G+
David Bowden33,286The LARGEST B&W circle on Google+Well, its that time again. Time to share the B&W circle. We are REAL CLOSE to 500 in this circle. After months of collecting and cultivating the circle is at 485.If you are a lover of B&W images, please take a moment to look over this circle of photographers. To be included each photographer must shoot at least 40% of their work in B&W or have a dedicated collection of quality B&W images here on Google+I encourage you to look at the work, comment and SHARE this circle. There are some fantastic photographers from all areas of the world here. I learn and enjoy their work and know you all will to.</david>2012-08-17 02:14:03484453248CC G+
Robyn Morrison7,850>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< >>>>>>>The Sacred Sunday Thank You Circle<<<<<<<<    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>August 12, 2012<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Welcome back to Sacred Sunday after our little sabbatical!  Thank you everyone who posted to #sacredsunday   this week and also whilst we were 'resting' !!  You've shared with us what is sacred to you and we appreciate your participation very much!  This week's curators for +SacredSunday™ have been  +Manfred Berndtgen  , +Robyn Morrison  , +Justin Hill  , +Steve Barge & +Chatchai Rombix .  We would all like to thank each of you for your wonderful contributions, be it photos, historical information, poems, songs, texts, or support. SacredSunday is like a big travel around the physical and spiritual world, It brings people together and often gives us a wonderful glimpse into others' cultures and history.This week our Thank You circle includes those who contributed to the theme (minus the trolls).  We appreciate the great feedback that you gave us on what you wanted and we have listened!!On behalf of the whole team:• Firstly, we would like to thank everyone. • There was a very good turn out again this week and we have a growing community of regular and new contributors.  Its great to see everyone returning after our short break and we also extend a special welcome to the newcomers!• We realize that naming all of the curators can get to be a bit much so we ask you to name at least one of us and the page. Certainly, we all like to receive the notice so we hope you'll mention us all but we'll understand if you don't.Hopefully the circle includes everyone that posted to Sacred Sunday this week, but experience says we missed some. Everyone is important to the success of the theme and we apologize if we missed you. Don't worry, there will be a new circle next week.Note: we want to be up front. Many of the people in this circle received a "notification" that we added them2012-08-15 08:36:251768519CC G+
Gene Bowker39,058How to have a better stream - Part One #StreamCircle  Someone recently mentioned to me about how they couldn't seem to find good photography in their stream.Well.. here is my way to help that.These are active photographers who have a variety of styles and cover everything from point-and-shooters to some of the top pro's on G+.  I've been through each one's stream and they all can offer you something to make your stream better. Say howdy to them and see if your stream is not a more visual place.Like the circle.. feel free to share it and help share some great photographers.I'll share the 2nd 1/2 of this circle in the next few days.2012-08-13 23:27:51351946663CC G+
Trever McGhee10,916+Grayson Hartman Has created an amazing circle of people from #FireFirdayFire :  That deals with anything about fire-from a wildfire, to a tip of a match shot macro, to even smoke from a fire, fire houses, fire hydrants and fire hoses and from me using fire an amazing tool to achieve anything you set your mind too. Every Friday I'll post amazing pictures around the firewalks I've done to empower people...communities that they do have what it takes to succeed on the inside.Tag #FireFriday   #circleshare     #circles     #circlesharing   #circlecount   #Takesseconds    2012-08-09 12:06:384987016CC G+
Grayson Hartman22,725BIG THANKS TO ALL +Fire Friday CONTRIBUTORS!CIRCLE SHARE OF THE FIRST 503 CONTRIBUTORS TO #FIREFRIDAY Since nearly the beginning of Daily Photography Themes (DPT) on G+, FireFriday has been a place for people to share photographs of anything fire related.  I've had the pleasure of meeting some great people through this DPT and have been absolutely inspired by you all.  I've enjoyed the different takes on the subject and continue to look forward to more of your outstanding contributions to FireFriday.  Also, due to the limit of 500 in a circle-share, the pages +Wandering Shutterbug and +Prometheus Imaging were left out of the circle unfortunately, but your contributions are no less appreciated.  It was the only way I could share the whole circle.Fire Friday:  Anything fire goes-from a wildfire, to a tip of a match shot macro, to even smoke from a fire, fire houses, fire hydrants and fire hoses. Fire People! Curated by +Grayson Hartman. Tag #FireFriday   #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing  2012-08-04 18:53:3150117624CC G+
Gene Bowker38,685Carolinas Circle Version 1Thanks to +Catherine Vibert and +Marc Edward Smith we've captured 117 folks in the Carolinas circle.This includes people in SC/NC or those around the borders.You can help make this a better circle1) LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE IN THE REGION!2) Feel free to share with your circles to help us ID people who are not in here. I know we are missing folks.3) Let me know if you are in here and don't want to be!4) Look forward to meeting many of you in the near future at some upcoming photowalks...Right now... it's looking likea) Charleston (TBD)b) Outer Banks (TBD)c) Asheville (Fall)d) Mabry Mill, VA (October 20th ) https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=wX#events/cu6c3o0dm1056volvurmkiaoabg/1111128098384720639922012-08-01 19:04:051181016CC G+
Michael Earley12,869Great week and again this week bumper crop of new talent and posts. From incredible  shots of naked jet engines to goats in a trolley, they ran the gambit. Awesome work across the board. We are starting a few new things this week. +Gene Bowker added his pick of the week and next week more of the curators will be doing the same. Check out the #transporttuesday or genes feed to see who he picked. Next week we are tweaking the theme a little to a No Motors week. see what you can come up with. I would like to thank you all for posting and +Gene Bowker +Steve Boyko +Joe Paul and myself +Michael Earley thank you for all your submissions, comments, shares and re-shares of some really great work. Please click the little curved arrow down below and share this circle so more folks can enjoy this work.  Sorry for the omission of a few folks as we can only share 500 at a time.2012-08-01 17:27:245008922CC G+
Ryan Lynham11,576Still having trouble finding G+ to be an active photography community?This is a list of the major players in my photography circles. Add this puppy and I think you'll solve your problem. In fact you might be overwhelmed and wish you had only added a few from it, which is another good idea, depending on your sitch, and what not.The standard circle share spiel: If you want to be in this circle and you aren't, then start sharing good photography and participating. Interaction on my posts / posts of people I follow helps, too. Easy peasy. Please don't ask me to add you. Thanks!Cc-ing +Darren LoPrinzi, who was looking for some good folks to follow. : )2012-07-30 18:23:5920234010CC G+


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2014-03-15 19:22:21 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 117 +1s)

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, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

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, 42 +1s)

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, 3 reshares, 47 +1s)

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, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)

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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2014-02-15 20:09:07 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)

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 »

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2014-02-05 21:35:26 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)

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 »

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2014-01-27 21:31:40 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 57 +1s)

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, 7 reshares, 67 +1s)

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 »

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2014-01-24 22:41:38 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 69 +1s)

“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)

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.

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

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)

Ian Ference was tagged in Ian Ference's album.

2014-01-19 19:47:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Added photos to The Selfy Sunday Project.

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2014-01-09 02:27:22 (18 comments, 4 reshares, 93 +1s)

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 »

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2014-01-05 18:51:09 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 67 +1s)

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, 74 +1s)

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 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 53 +1s)

'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, 72 +1s)

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, 79 +1s)

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, 80 +1s)

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)

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)

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, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)

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, 52 +1s)

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 »

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

#WordlessOnWednesday   #WordlessWednesday  

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2013-09-01 20:49:41 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 74 +1s)

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 »

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2013-08-31 19:13:12 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)

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)

#WordlessWednesday   #WordlessOnWednesday  

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2013-08-23 17:18:23 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 114 +1s)

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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2013-08-22 12:29:14 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I debated on whether to post this link here, I'm so embarrassed.  At this point, 30% of my blog's readers are from France, another 22% from Great Britain.  I can't see Paris commissioning the destruction of a Rodin; I can't see Downing Street pouring acid on a Picasso.

But I live here, in the USA.  Where we trash historic buildings as if they mean nothing.  They're trying to bury this one ASAP - the Samuel Sloan designed Kirkbride building at Greystone apparently deserves no consideration.  And now that a number of firms are putting plans on the ground that show adaptive reuse - they're going to level it, ASAP.

Any other countries need an expat who can take acceptable photos?  A rabble-rouser who knows when to employ Fuji NPH?  I want to escape from this hot mess, before I have to acknowledge what us retarded 'Muricans do in the face of physicalart...... more »

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2013-08-22 00:05:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)

#WordlessWednesday   #WordlessOnWednesday  

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2013-08-20 01:50:23 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 68 +1s)

The Night Time is The Right Time

I just realized that it's been ages since I posted any night photography.  Here's one where I was sort of working off the beaten path, as it was - in the distance, the hazy void is the giant gorge at the park, which would seem a natural enough subject.  But instead, I attempted to use the wild colorplay from the street lights in the parking light on the trees to get a strange alien landscape, shooting (as I always do) on daylight balance.  Ended up liking it better than any of the photos I took of the actual gorge that night.  Go figure!

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2013-08-19 19:35:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

My first attempt at time-lapse photography, now on YouTube since the G+ video uploader made the quality suck.

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2013-08-18 22:14:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)

Thanks to all who came!

Thanks to everybody who came out for the City of Night's Sunrise Photo Tour yesterday morning - it was wonderful meeting everybody, and I can't wait to see other peoples' takes on the Perot Grain Elevator!  Here's one of mine.

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2013-08-16 18:11:20 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 127 +1s)

Happy Birthday, #DarkChocolate!

It's the special day of a Google Plus legend today - the man himself, +Ricardo Williams!  And since I know exactly which of my bodies of work he happens to prefer, I dedicate this shot of Rayne (raynetupelo.com) at Western State Hospital to Mr. Dark Chocolate himself.  Much love, my friend, and many happy returns!

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2013-08-15 17:58:18 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)

Light shines up from the depths

One of the most interesting ships at Witte's Marine Salvage - often referred to as the "Staten Island Boat Graveyard" - is hard to discern the purpose of; its main defining feature is a large, freestanding prison cell on the main, open deck of the ship.  This has led many to speculate that it was an old prison transport ship, with the central cell an extra level of security for particularly violent or dangerous inmates.  One of the less-photographed portions of the ship is the cabin; it's very dimly illuminated, with much of the light coming in from the waters below some rotted floorboards, which cast a dim green hue across the cabin.  With a long exposure, however, it's possible to capture the cabin - or indeed, in this case, the light source.

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2013-08-14 15:17:29 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Recent vacancies

I'm sorry I haven't been around much, my Googlies - I have had an exceptionally busy summer so far.  This, combined with the glitch that shows me as online and ready to chat even when I have my chat status set to "invisible" every time I log in, has led me to be largely vacant of late - just like the Imperial Baths in Sharon Springs, NY.  Hopefully, I will have more time to edit and post photos in the near future - and if not, know that I still love y'all!

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2013-08-13 16:37:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

In a couple of days - the morning of Saturday the 17th - photographer Christina Laing will be leading a sunrise tour of the Perot Elevator in Silo City in Buffalo, NY.  There are still some tickets left, so if anybody has been curious what I do or how I do it - or just wants to see a really cool building during the golden hour - now's your chance!

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2013-08-06 17:04:50 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 85 +1s)

Dead Angels

Dead Angels speak to me sometimes
Giving me advice that I should hear
You have what I'm looking for
Because you're close,
Because you're near
Wine spills in my blood,
Blood spills in my mouth
You are what I'm looking for
You are just pretend
   --VAST - Dead Angels

Starring Jenifer; for #LyricallyInspired  from +Jason Jakober, +Amanda Recker & +Tara Romasanta 

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2013-08-02 16:36:07 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)

Whispers of Immortality

Starring the ever-beautiful Rayne Tupelo (raynetupelo.com); print available here: http://smu.gs/18RMZfy

Webster was much possessed by death
And saw the skull beneath the skin;
And breastless creatures under ground
Leaned backward with a lipless grin.
   --T. S. Eliot, Whispers of Immortality

For #InspiredByLiterature  from +Susan Marinello 

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2013-08-02 01:44:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)

Some good news (for a change!)

More often than not, when I make a post about the status of one of my beloved buildings, it involves demolition, arson, or collapse.  But today, I got some good news on my favorite American industrial site, the New Milford Plant of the Hackensack Water Works.  Stabilization is currently underway, which means that none of the proposals that involved demolishing the 1882 Engine House - which houses this giant outflow pipe, as well as many impressive pumping engines - will be demolished.  Hooray for good news!

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2013-07-30 19:55:41 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 98 +1s)

All fell into my hand.

Now summer is gone.
And might never have been.
In the sunshine it’s warm.
But there has to be more.

It all came to pass,
All fell into my hands
Like a five-petalled leaf,
But there has to be more.

Nothing evil was lost,
Nothing good was in vain,
All ablaze with clear light
But there has to be more.

Life gathered me up
Safe under its wing,
My luck always held,
But there has to be more.

Not a leaf was burnt up
Not a twig ever snapped …
Clean as glass is the day,
But there has to be more.
  -Areseny Tarkovsky

For #inspiredbyliterature  from +Susan Marinello 

Print: http://smu.gs/18QD89U

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2013-07-25 15:25:49 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)

Howard's Walls

Two entire walls of the projection booth of the Theatre at Willard State Hospital are covered with grids such as this - meticulously maintained by the long time projectionist at the hospital, identified on the walls and in the logs simply as "Howard".  Here, every film planned for viewing by the asylum's patients was noted, alongside a date, and a note as to whether the film was actually shown - and a reason why not, if not.  Howard kept this up into the early 1980s, when the Theatre ceased to show films.  Although the screen has been dark for decades, thanks to Howard's precision, we have a very good record of what the patients of the former "New York Asylum for the Chronic Insane" got to see each week.

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2013-07-22 15:56:12 (24 comments, 6 reshares, 101 +1s)

Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
  -Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

For #LyricallyInspired from +Jason Jakober, +Tara Romasanta & +Amanda Recker, from a shoot yesterday with Jenifer

Print available here: http://smu.gs/19dzJon

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2013-07-19 17:16:33 (26 comments, 2 reshares, 108 +1s)

I leave this notice on my door

I leave this notice on my door
For each accustom'd visitor:-
'I am gone into the fields
To take what this sweet hour yields.
Reflection, you may come to-morrow;
Sit by the fireside with Sorrow.
You with the unpaid bill, Despair,-
You, tiresome verse-reciter, Care,-
I will pay you in the grave,-
Death will listen to your stave.
Expectation too, be off!
To-day is for itself enough.
  --Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Invitation

For   #InspiredByLiterature  from +Susan Marinello; starring my beautiful friend Rayne (raynetupelo.com)

Print available here: http://smu.gs/12PgNIQ

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2013-07-16 01:55:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Wreckage of one of the many ruined buildings at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Ewing, NJ.

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2013-07-14 15:29:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 62 +1s)

Pencil cross above bedframe, Taunton State Hospital

Patients in the asylum system often lacked the money to buy things they wanted or needed; many were indigent wards of the state, and had no money to speak of at all.  Improvisation would be key for these patients; a comb could be fashioned from a piece of cardboard sliced several times with a pen knife.  Or, lacking a proper crucifix to pray to, a substitute could be drawn on the wall in pencil, as seen here at Taunton State Hospital in 2009, shortly before the building was demolished.

#SacredSunday  

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2013-07-13 15:53:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)

A trick of the mind and eye.

And I'm back.  So this photograph of a corner of a room in the Nurses' Building on North Brother Island looks crooked, right?  Tilted slightly to the right?  But it turns out that it's perfectly level - take it into Photoshop and drag the rulers across the verticals if you don't believe me.  This happens because of the other lines in the image - the floor and ceiling lines, distorted by both wide-angle distortion and the angle at which I took the photograph.  Looking at it, your mind is tempted to "correct" the space, which leads to the perception of a tilted shot, when it is, in fact, dead-on straight.  I love little perceptual tricks like this; it's like a funhouse mirror, and makes me question my perception of things I see with the two cameras attached to my face.

Print available in my North Brother Islandgalle... more »

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2013-07-03 12:13:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)

See you in 1,500 miles!

After a work-tastic week, it's time for another amazingly fun week.  So it's the open road for me - great times with great people, and hopefully some great new buildings.  Gotta cover 500 today - so I'd better get to it, eh?  But all of you lovely Googlies have a wonderful week and weekend, and I'll catch you on the flip side!  <3

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