Catskills

Abandoned Catskills Part II ~ Albert House

The Catskills are an abandoned paradise, literally. So much history, so much good times, so much gone.  Oh, many of the structures remain, and some of the history.  For those that care to remember and retell it.  That too is fading I am afraid.  The place I show you today is

Abandoned Catskills, NY ~ Shoot the Pool

Abandoned Catskills, NY ~ Shoot the Pool

On a recent exploration located deep in the Catskills, NY region.  A group of friends and I came upon an old pool table hidden in one of the rooms in this old hospital.  It was pretty cool and at the time I took a few shots but didn’t think much of it.  A great time was had by all (featured in an upcoming blog), and that was that.  When I returned home I

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town ~ Bodie, California

Located in the middle of nowhere just beyond Mono Lake, California outside of Yosemite National park is Bodie Ghost Town, or what is officially known as Bodie State Historical Park.  Bodie became an official State Park in 1962  and is not administered by the Bodie Foundation which uses the tagline “Protecting Bodie’s Future by Preserving its Past”.  And it’s a great tagline too. It certainly got my attention as it

Hotel Adler Spa ~ Sharon Springs, New York

Hotel Adler Spa ~ Sharon Springs, New York

Upstate New York, especially the Catskills has always been a desired area for vacationers. In the 60’s and 70’s it was the driving force behind the economy in many small, otherwise tourist-less towns. Many resorts and hotels popped up to serve the masses of business men and woman and their families who were looking for a bit of the “Country” for their summer vacations. Resorts like The Concord, The Pines, and Swan Lake were huge. Some like the

Love Shack ~ The Abandoned Poconos

Love Shack ~ The Abandoned Poconos

If you were born in the late 70’s early 80’s there’s a place deep in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania that your parents don’t want you to know about.  Better yet, you don’t want your parents to WANT you to know about it!  Since you ventured here, I am going to tell you about it, and I feel the need to apologize ahead of time for what I am about to clue you in on.

You see, there is this resort, now abandoned called:

Beautiful Landscapes and Abandonscapes of the Southwest ~ Eldorado Rides Again

Beautiful Landscapes and Abandonscapes of the Southwest ~ Eldorado Rides Again

It’s not often that you drive out into the middle of the southern Nevada desert in 100 degree heat, dodging a tarantula migration only to meet the nicest people you have ever met and a literally finding a photography mecca. In 2012 that is exactly what I did. So, in September of 2013, when my “Beautiful Landscapes and Abandonscapes of the Southwest” kickstarter project was successfully funded, I decided that part of that project was to return to my favorite

Steampunked ~ Steamtown Revisited

Steampunked ~ Steamtown Revisited

A couple of years ago I reluctantly joined a family trip to the Steamtown National Historic Site and ended up having a great time. I have always loved trains and steamtown has plenty to not only see and learn about but also to ride on! Move the clock ahead 2 years which brings us to early summer. I had my friend and fellow abandonment photographer Walter Arnold visiting and I promised him some cool locations to shoot. During the initial arranging of several shoots planned I made contact with the National Park asking

Camelot Has Fallen ~ NYS Inebriate Asylum

Camelot Has Fallen ~ NYS Inebriate Asylum

History

The New York State Inebriate Asylum, which later became the Binghamton State Hospital, was the first institution designed and constructed to treat alcoholism as a mental disorder. Located in Binghamton, NY, its imposing Gothic Revival exterior was designed by New York architect Isaac G. Perry and though the first cornerstone was laid in 1858, construction was not completed until

The Beginning of The End @ The Lonaconing Silk Mill

The Beginning of The End @ The Lonaconing Silk Mill

Early in 2011 I was contacted by a central Pennsylvania graphic artist about touring and photographing an old mill in Maryland. This was no normal mill though, this was the last completely in-tact Silk mill, left in the United States. Like a lot of abandoned sites, to tour this site, I had to agree not to disclose the name, location, etc. I really wanted to tell the story of the old mill so at the time, I decided that this particular photo essay would be shelved. The mill’s owner Herb has seen that he can generate income from those who wish to explore peacefully and offers “free roaming” tours for $100 per person. The money he charges barely puts a dent is his costs to maintain security, taxes, and upkeep at the mill and keep it in its in-tact condition, but every little bit helps. Right now the mill is in bad

`Saved` ~ The Hollywood Theater ~ Gowanda, NY

`Saved` ~ The Hollywood Theater ~ Gowanda, NY

As some of you know, I am also the guitarist for Wendy Owens and her band Renegade which besides photography, is what I do for a living. This past year has been rough with the band having 57+ dates on the books and me trying to schedule shoots around those dates. Sometimes, the stars align, and it all comes together. This would be one of those times.

I was contacted late 2011 about having the band do a show in a small town in upstate New York called Gowanda. The event, which lasts 3 days is called