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Steam and Steel Workshop, July 2013

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

Excessive bell-ringing is frowned upon, however. I wish they had told us that right up front, before I made a fool of myself.

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Victory Theater, May 2011

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

One Saturday morning, I was invited – along with some professional photographers – to take a tour of the soon-to-be-renovated Victory Theater in Holyoke.

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A Sunday in Holyoke, July 2013

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 1 comment

I was safe inside, enjoying the spectacle, in a building that was too well-built to be demolished, eating granola with my friends.

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PA Clothing Factory, June 2013

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 4 comments

People often ask me to explain the allure of UE, why I would spend my free time crawling around in unsafe structures filled with asbestos and (presumably) rabid, territorial raccoons.

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This Is Who We Are: Springfield Mass Pride

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Jason's Films | 0 comments

What year was the first Pride event in Springfield? Who was in charge? When did Pride events stop happening? Why?

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Scranton Lace Company, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

There were almost 30 of us on the tour, including housewives and lawyers, horse trainers and country music roadies.

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Pennsylvania Coal Breakers, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

I felt like a character in Rendezvous with Rama, exploring the hulking remains of a long-dead civilization, surrounded by technology whose purpose I could not fathom.

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Coachella and Environs, April 2013

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

Pops made the travel plans, Mr. Max requested the time off work, and we met at LAX.

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Hospital 07, August 2012

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 3 comments

Intelligence from highly-placed sources indicated that there would be a human-sized break in the wrought-iron fence…

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Abandoned Hospitals of the Eastern U.S.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

Photos taken by me and by several of my UE compatriots. The spoken word audio was all taken from training LPs and cassettes found at the locations pictured. Guitar by Glenn “Glendrix” Pettit.

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