I am a self-taught photographer. Like many photographers, I started taking photographs on a 35mm camera and bought a digital point and shoot when they first came out. I loved the ease of use and instant gratification, but missed the fine details and quality that film offered. The loss of quality forced me back to 35mm until the quality of digital photographs improved.
Exploring abandoned buildings renewed my love of photography. I started exploring abandoned buildings in 2007 without a camera. I eventually started going with a point and shoot camera and took pictures to document the facilities. As I reviewed them, I discovered that the various levels of nature’s reclamation mixed with the items left behind created a unique and photo. I graduated to a professional camera in 2008, and have been honing my style with every building I explore.
My initial interest in abandoned buildings started with multiple industrial locations in New York that I have watched decay since the early ’90s. For me an abandoned building, is not just about the daily activities that once took place inside, but I also consider the effect on the community. So many of these industrial facilities helped form the cities along the Mohawk River, and now these facilities sit vacant as a hollow reminder of how grand they used to be. My love for history, and constant curiosity, helped me to have the courage one day to enter one of these places to see what was left.
All of the locations in this blog were visited legally. Locations were labelled with an alias at the owners request. I don’t plan on writting long historical blogs about each location. I like to keep it short and let the photos speak for themselves.
CV – Selected Group Shows
2011 “Forgotten” House of Creative Soul, Saratoga Springs, New York
2011 “Forgive Our Tresspasses” Albany Barn Stage 1, Albany, New York
2011 “Exposed” The Washington Park Lake House, Albany, New York
2012 “Pictory Theatre” Hadley Falls Trust, Holyoke, Massachusetts
2012 “Lost and Found” Albany Barn Stage 1, Albany, New York