Mount Moriah Cemetery

It’s not exactly common for a major urban cemetery to become abandoned and fall into disrepair, but that’s exactly what happened to Mount Moriah, which straddles the southwest city limits of Philadelphia. Its story is similar to that of countless other abandoned places and buildings: changing socioeconomic factors slowly eroded the graveyard’s relevance until it … Continue reading Mount Moriah Cemetery

American Palaces

Theater opulence reached its zenith in the early part of the last century. The boom in motion pictures, which quickly became the prime form of entertainment for the masses, coupled with the trend of studios owning their own theaters which they strove to make as lavish as possible in order to attract patrons, created this … Continue reading American Palaces

Rural Time Capsule

Out in the woods of rural Pennsylvania sits an old house, overgrown with weeds and thistles. Slashing our way through the dense shrubbery, and getting sucked into calf-deep mire, we felt more like Stanleys searching for Dr. Livingstone than urbexers. But once inside, the old cabin would yield some interesting finds. The home had belonged … Continue reading Rural Time Capsule

In Search of Lost Time

“Live in the moment” is a phrase I struggle with. The idea behind it seems to be that, if one’s consciousness could stop engaging in various forms of fretting and recalling involuntary memories, it could focus all of its faculties on the Now,¬†which would be a purer, “truer” lived experience. It may be better to … Continue reading In Search of Lost Time

Through a Glass, Gallimaufry

A tentative project has me going through most of my digital photos, going back almost a decade. It’s a humbling experience. But weeding through many older shots with a more experienced eye can yield pleasant surprises. Below find a gallimaufry composed of photos originally overlooked or entirely reworked from scratch, further curated in the style … Continue reading Through a Glass, Gallimaufry

Flatlands

Chicago, my hometown, is flat. This lack of topographical drama can be a bit boring, to be sure, but can make for some nice panoramic photos if that’s what you’re looking for. Here’s a few shots from the south and southeast sides from a recent trip. Continue reading Flatlands

My Olde Pal Gary

Most people have heard of Gary, Indiana. The town had a mid-century burst of fame in “The Music Man” in which it features in an eponymous song. A few decades later it achieved notoriety for a very different reason, being the country’s murder capital for a while in the 80’s. It has been synonymous with … Continue reading My Olde Pal Gary

Crooked River County

American rust belt metropolises are urban nebulae of sorts. The city cores grew and expanded furiously in the 19th and early 20th centuries, fed by the heavy industries of the time. But just as stars run out of fuel, so too steel, mining, and manufacturing left these cities. In the span of a generation, population … Continue reading Crooked River County

Tbilisi, Coda

Here’s a few more pictures of Tbilisi which I didn’t quite have ready when I began posting this series. To begin with, there’s the Friendship Bridge. In an ancient city like this, a big splash of post-modernism was bound to be polarizing. Some complain that it looks too much like a woman’s sanitary pad. Though … Continue reading Tbilisi, Coda