Abandoned Camp Rock

When one spot is a failure you move onto the next.

I had my sights on this spot for a long while. It wasn't until Sunday that I was in the area after exploring a previous spot to check its theater and bowling alley. After pulling away from another spot that was quite open and risky to access and explore I ventured here. Pulling through the back I butted up on a deer who just stood to stare at us chewing on its cud before a loud CSX train passed by with the loudest sound I've ever heard from a train as it dashed away into the bushes.

Squeezing through a gap in the fence we came upon four boarded up buildings lined up neatly surrounded by heavy vegetation. Nothing special or of note was found inside any of the buildings. One building to the far left looked like a stable for cows. The center building was locked and seemed to hold unknown items in storage and the first building on the right was completely empty. This was the only building that still had electricity running to it.…

Abandoned Home Goods Manufacturer

Milling about with gleeful abandon.

I finally checked out this complex off of a pretty depressing neighborhood where houses are boarded and vehicular traffic is always substantially busy. I was very surprised how easy it was to access the complex. I had previously seen kids hanging around by the water playing around on a previous visit whilst using my DJI Phantom 4 drone.

Upon entering the property I feared the worst. Local kids may have already trashed the property based on the numerous windows busted out. Entering inside my fears were appeased. Inside was comfortably clean and unblemished from graffiti and shitty craft. It seemed the complex could be cleaned up and put to use with a little TLC and back into a hub of commerce. The offices on the other hand needed substantial renovation. A shame the previous owners left to move to another part of the state. The property provided a substantial view out to the water. Standing inside a side doorway. I could see many previous employees t…

Trailing From The Skies

Gorgeous Massachusetts views on a nature trail.

Took the Mad Dog One out to view the spectacular forests of Massachusetts has to offer.  Didn't actually trek the local trail here but took it in from way up. Better exposures but still getting use to working with ND filters.

When you miss the leading line of the local highway.

Hidden Gems #2: The Graffiti Dog House

Beware of the dog!

This small two story family house sits quietly between two other structures as cars whiz by. The heavy and colorful graffiti and rotting wood standing out. This local monstrosity caught my eye on the way to another local gem. In the corner of my eye, I saw her bright colored paint and knew I had to pull over and give her the once over. Someone actually lives here based on the padlocked chain around the door. Who would live in such substandard conditions? A roof is a roof in the quicksand of gentrifying neighborhoods and sky-high rents.

This house goes way back past 2007 as being boarded up. It wasn't until 2013 it received its base color of yellow and blue before receiving its graffiti marks sometime around September 2013 and September 2014. The house on the left was also vacant before being renovated.

Still continuing this series and feeling out where its headed in the future. So far I like the juxtapose of the old standing house mixed in with occupied and wel…

Boat Graveyard

A fascinating ensemble of two dozen marooned and ghostly flotilla lay rotting away in the small Coney Island Creek. No one knows their names and when they first appeared abandoned in the small waterway. These vessels were brought here for illegal disposal burned out and marooned forever. Never to sail again.

You can access this 'little' yellow submarine burrito by canoe, boat or even by low tide.

High Over Brooklyn

When you can see the outline of Manhattan all the way at the end of a Brooklyn park.

Getting better at it with the aerial shots but need better composition. Work in progress...

Mad Dog One

Taking my craft to the skies...

Today I called out of work to take myself down to one of the many New York City parks available in the city. It had been a long time since I ventured inside Calvert Vaux Park. A few years ago, I came to this park on the fly because word had gotten out for the next crazy Xandernationpop up party. I persuaded my good friend M to tag along with me that night. Just weeks before, Alex Shlaferman, the host of the party, had thrown another party on the ballsyous of all places: the Manhattan bridge. Yes, the bridge! This time I wanted to find out what all the fun was about. Finding our way inside the dark park. We made our way to the very back of the park where a huge crowd had coalesced around the DJ setup jumping to the heavy mix of dubstep. We partook in some alcohol being shared wildly around and taking in the copious amounts of marijuana smoke wafting from the crowd. After enough dubstep to keep me awake for eternity, my friend and I decided to leave earl…