I shot these images quite awhile ago, but I thought that they deserved to be showcased for a little bit. I never posted them, and have always liked them, and I hope you do too!
Muncie, Ind. is akin to Detroit it seems in the amount of abandoned houses, factories and weird places in general. Last week I shot what must have been a bustling hub of activity during its prime. This place is huge, and with nothing left inside it seems all the more massive. It reminds me of the factory my dad used to work in when I visited him a few times when I was young. I always wanted the chance to photograph him in his welding booth, but never had the chance before he retired.
So here are a few of the images from the day, and I hope you enjoy.
The beginning of the summer tends to lend itself to having a bit more free time, and time to get some shooting done that I’ve wanted to do for a little while now. My pal Evan and I decided to adventure out on another Blight Watch today, and see what we could come up with.
Visiting an address that we had previously been to, an abandoned Coke-a-Cola factory, and also going into a house that we had not been in before were the tasks for the day. It was a pretty nice little afternoon, and got some decent shots.
More to come, but this is a pretty good start.
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to photograph a three-day music festival playing host to a variety of national and local bands. Music ranged from bluegrass bands to experimental rock music held on three separate stages. It was a great time, and being able to go for free because of being with the media isn’t such a bad thing either.
The scene looked something like this: Sounds of live music, crackling fires between near and far off conversations from people camping at the Waterbowl in Muncie, Indiana. Here are a few images that I like the best.
Click here to see an audio slide show of Friday’s (the first night) festivities.
Muncie, Indiana has a few notable things about it: It was studied in the 1960’s as Middletown, USA, it has one of the best beer bars in central Indiana and once a year Muncie Gras takes place (Muncie’s take on the famous raucous holiday). Well, this year because of the snowy weather that has blasted through the local terrain, Muncie Gras has been postponed until next month. Having said that, some of the events that were scheduled still went on as planned. And I was on hand to capture it.
These are some of the images from the Freakshow A Go-Go held at the Center Stage bar in downtown Muncie.
Last week I photographed two bands that I hadn’t seen yet, but I really like their music and loved being able to capture them. The Muncie Civic Theater is a local venue for live plays and different acts by community groups, the university, and local musicians.
Because the Civic is feeling the crunch of the present state of the economy, they hosted the event and part of the proceeds from the show went to benefit the theater. I’d never been inside the Civic before, and like I’d anticipated, the old feeling of the decor and general atmosphere made for some nice shots. Here they are.
The Bears of Blue River:
And here’s a link to an audio slide show that I did of the show for the Daily News
Today I went out with my friend Evan who I’ve shot some properties that are either condemned or just left as an eye-sore to the community. This photo safari was the product of going into an old Coke factory. There is only trash in the building at this point, so I’m not sure if this was a bottling facility or what exactly happened here. At any rate, there is much to photograph and explore. This place is pretty wild and it looks like someone has been at least staying here most likely not that long ago. Here are the images.
The Bonesetters are a newer band in the Muncie area, and I’ve had the pleasure of being able to photograph them a couple of times now. These shots are from the latest shoot; when they were doing some recording and overdubbing on their forthcoming EP. They are really nice guys, and I think the photos turned out well showing them in their natural form. Hope you like them, and if you every hear of them playing you should definitely check them out. So here they are.