I had a tour through this school in a remote PA town over the weekend. This school was originally opened in 1917, restoration efforts are currently underway.
Took a little trip today with some friends to a defunct children’s mental institution. Here’s some highlights from the day. You can see the rest of the set HERE.
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Like I did at #100, I will recap my favorites from the last 100 posts. I will take a photo or two from each post, feel free to click on the link to see the whole set. It should be noted not long after I post this I will change my mind about the top ten… but I won’t cheat and change them.
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#10: In The Trenches
WW2 reenacting is a hobby my husband loves. So not only did I have the opportunity to get some great photos, I got to spend some time with my guy doing what we love.
I have taken a lot of photos in a lot of abandoned buildings but having to do little to no post processing, keeping the natural light and colors, this set is among my favorites.
This was one of those days I just got out, with no particular destination from the get go, and just had a great day doing what I love to do. Asbury Park had so many of my favorite things to shoot, and of all the shots, these two are by far my favorite.
This was a breaking out of sorts. Inspired by some photography friends I stepped out of my comfort zone and starting photographing… *gasp* … people! I used to be so uncomfortable asking random strangers “may I take your picture?” but now it comes so easily.
I have always loved astronomy and going out at night to photograph remarkable astrological happenings is one of my very favorite things.
Eastern State Penitentiary is still one of my favorite places to go, and this day in particular not only did I see some usually off limits areas, I met a few new friends, too. Atlas Obscura, the creator of Obscura Day who made this tour and hundreds others all over the world, featured the above photograph on their blog post which made it extra sweet!
This is a set of photos I just love… I know at least one will make it on my wall.
This is a post I wasn’t particularly happy with the photographs, however it is by far my favorite place I’ve ever explored. Nikola Tesla is such an amazing historical figure, and to step on the grounds where he once trod, I was so in awe photos were almost a chore, interrupting my geeky zen. The fact that my phone broke because of the natural electromagnetic energy of the area, something Tesla took into great consideration when choosing his lab sites, was just the coolest thing.
This is the most personal entry on my blog, and it really was one of the best days I’ve ever had. The joy of getting the news that my child who had been sick for three long years was all better still brings me to tears to this day.
This was one of the few times I really felt like I was doing something so much bigger than just taking photos. After Hurricane Sandy, I was so moved by the spirit of community and the relief efforts I set out over several days to tell a few stories of the people and communities affected by this horrible natural disaster. I still look at the Sandy entries often, but most particularly this one because of the amazing people I met. It was such a privilege to tell their story.
Little geek humor there.
Today I went to the only remaining laboratory of Nikola Tesla in the world. I had a “I can’t believe I’m here!” moment a few times. I had a really tough time taking proper photos with my broken speedlite but just walking those buildings was enough for me.
Lately I am really feeling monotone/black and white photos. Sometimes it’s a pop of color that pulls me back to full color but I really love the simplicity and focus of a nice sepia or black and white. It’s good to be the boss of me.
Little side note this happened to my phone while I was there. Only time I’ve ever thought it was really cool for my phone to break. Tesla chose his laboratory locations carefully, taking into great consideration the natural electromagnetic properties of the area. So Tesla broke my phone. Who can say that?!
There are restoration efforts underway, please consider volunteering or donating!
My camera and I decided to take a mental (sensor?) health day and cruise out to Asbury Park for some photos. This neat little beach town is half abandoned, half not with relics in stasis or slowly being renovated. It was a lovely stroll and I stopped at a local pub which turned out to be a NJ landmark – the Stone Pony. Apparently that is where Bruce Springsteen was discovered. Had I known I would’ve taken a shot for posterity… oh well.
Ordinarily I try to keep my photo sets pretty cohesive when it comes to editing but today I just kind of did what I felt for each photo. My blog, my shots, my rules!
This is the old casino
Coolest pantomime ever, the clockwork man
The old carousel building
Not on purpose but I think it looks pretty neato
Some random things from the boardwalk
Some feathered friends
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This is part two of my journey to explore the pine barrens. This time I went to see the ruins of an old paper mill of the once thriving community.
As I was leaving I found a bonus cactus!
Next was the preserved town of Batsto. It was a scorching day but I nonetheless enjoyed the relaxing walk through this historic town.
I found this weird bug – any idea why this thing is?!
Last but not least, a quick stop by an old cemetary
Chris is too kind – another feature on Static Instants! And yes, I know exactly what this room was. It was part of the laboratory over at Eastern State Penitentiary. This area of the prison is inaccessible through the regular tours. I was able to photograph it during a special hard hat tour. To see the rest of the images from that set go here.
Be sure to take a gander at Static Instants. He has many talented contributors and he has a Facebook page!
My recent jaunt into Eastern State Pen to celebrate Obscura Day was noticed, and featured on the Atlas Obscura blog! As an urban explorer this is one of my favorite blogs. It showcases some of the most interesting places all over the globe.
Another feature on Static Instants! I’ve also entered a photo into the monthly photo competition so please mosey over and give me a vote!
THis is from the set at some institutional dormitories. To see the full set go here.